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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Amazon Launches 'AutoRip', Offering Free Digital Versions of Purchased CDs




Seeking to enhance its profile among music buyers, Amazon today announced the launch of AutoRip, a new service that offers customers who purchase physical CDs through Amazon free digital copies of their purchases through Amazon Cloud Player. The service is also retroactive, meaning that customers who bought any of the thousands of eligible CDs through Amazon since 1998 will automatically find digital versions of their past purchases in Cloud Player.
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When customers purchase AutoRip CDs, the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download - no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries - also automatically and for free. More than 50,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time - customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.
AutoRip tracks are encoded as 256 Kbps MP3 files and are playable on a wide variety of devices including the iPhone and iPod touch, and can also be accessed through any web browser. AutoRip tracks do not count toward users' storage limits for the Cloud Player service.

Amazon has been working for years to eat into Apple's dominant share of the digital music market, offering discounted prices and matching or exceeding Apple's features such as iTunes Match with its own offerings. With the new AutoRip service, Amazon clearly hopes to attract many longtime customers who have purchased physical CDs from the company by offering free digital versions to introduce them to Cloud Player.

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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:04 AM   #2
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Free digital copies should be included with every type of media purchase. It's not hard at all to rip a CD to your iTunes library, cloud or whatever...but inclusion of the digital copy is a nice touch. Like buying a DVD of your favorite movie that includes a digital copy. It's usually better done than something you may do yourself, such as a backup archival via Handbrake or something.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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People still by CDs?
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:06 AM   #5
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.


I guess this makes it slightly easier.


Whatever... People still buy music?
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 10:06 AM   #6
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.
For those people with rMBPs or new iMacs, pretty hard.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.


I guess this makes it slightly easier.


Whatever... People still buy music?
It makes it a whole lot easier... I suspect it will be getting a lot harder for all us Mac users in the near future...

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Old Jan 10, 2013, 10:37 AM   #8
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.
really hard if you own a modern mac, they have no where to put the CD to rip it.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 10:47 AM   #9
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.


I guess this makes it slightly easier.


Whatever... People still buy music?
Well this addresses the issue with new MacBooks where there is no CD drive anymore. This was a big concern of mine, considering I still buy music in physical form. At least vinyl usually comes with a download, but CDs obviously don't. This move by Amazon certainly helps.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:46 PM   #10
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.


I guess this makes it slightly easier.


Whatever... People still buy music?
I was buying physical CD's long before iTunes (it was called Soundjam back then), or even listening to music on a computer was very common. Pre-iPod era. For people like me with boxes of unripped cd's this is great! My vinyl collection is still going to be a pain in the ass though.
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Whatever... People still buy music?
So you steal music, do you?

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It's too bad most people like that MP3 crappy sounding music files. What a waste of great music. Lossless or beyond is the only way to go for me. The sound quality of music has eroded for many. Too bad.
What are your thoughts on AAC vs. MP3. Do you feel there is a difference? That iTunes song files at 256kpbs are better than Amazon's MP3s at 256kpbs? (they are, but just wondering about your thoughts)

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I buy several hundred per year and have about 7000. I love the better quality than downloads and I can load in an any computer I want and have artwork. Works for me but I get those who don't.
Not any computer... hahahaha
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.

Considering I use an Air... it's incredibly hard.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:56 AM   #13
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how is it hard to put in a CD and just rip it manually? lol.


I guess this makes it slightly easier.


Whatever... People still buy music?
Well if you bought a new iMac it is IMPOSSIBLE


Unless you also purchase a CD/DVD device to supplement your "all-in-one' iMac
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:08 AM   #15
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Over the years I've bought far more than 14 CDs from Amazon, but that's what I got from AutoRip today. It's a great path for the luddites among us.

Thanks Amazon!

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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:18 AM   #16
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Have you thrown away your computer and use iPad instead?
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Have you thrown away your computer and use iPad instead?
I'm getting there. Don't use a PC at home (it was relegated to legacy stuff and iTunes tethering, but just occurred to me I never tethered my latest iPad nor iPhone, and don't use the older ones any more); am this ->||<- close to chucking the 8+ year old dying midget. Use a Mac at work, but mostly because of "there shalt not be any software development for iOS done on iOS."
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:27 AM   #18
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People still by CDs?
Albums yes, singles no.

Only 30% of albums sold in the UK are digital but digital accounts for 97% of singles sold.



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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:38 AM   #19
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Wow amazon is still using the old and somewhat outdated MP3 format. Get with the times, Amazon. MP4 based AAC has been available for a long time now. If Apple can do it, so can you.
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What I'd like to see is "auto rip" books. I've moved on from physical media with music, but would like to still have actual books, but be able to have a Kindle/PDF version as well. They actually charge more for the Kindle version than the physical book in some cases which makes no sense, let alone requiring you to pay full price for both.
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i like this

its much like buying vinyl these days. many vinyl records come with a digital copy so there is no need to open the package and damage the vinyl if you are a collector.

this will also make the switch from physical formats to digital much easier for those who still have not addopted the new ways for this type of content.
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Albums yes, singles no.

Only 30% of albums sold in the UK are digital but digital accounts for 97% of singles sold.
How else can you get singles? I haven't bought a 45 since 1979.
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People whine for the sake of whining.

This is a nice free surprise from Amazon post Christmas.
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Was there a cloud player in 1998? Next time instead of posting comments like that, engage your brain and pause for thought before you post.

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