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Amazon extends AutoRip perk to vinyl records

April 03, 2013|By Andrea Chang
  • Amazon.com has extended its AutoRip feature to vinyl records.
Amazon.com has extended its AutoRip feature to vinyl records. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)

Amazon.com's AutoRip, which gives customers free digital copies of CDs they purchase, is now available for vinyl records -- including those purchased in the past.

Starting Wednesday, when customers buy AutoRip-eligible vinyl records, MP3 versions of the music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where it will be available for immediate playback or download. 

And customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries free.

The Seattle company said that thousands of records, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, "and more titles are being added all the time." Eligible music features the AutoRip logo.

“AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” said Steve Boom, vice president of digital music for Amazon. “We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records. Many of our music customers are vinyl fans, and it’s traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records. Now customers can enjoy the albums they buy wherever they are, not just when they have access to a record player.” 

AutoRip music is provided in 256 Kbps MP3 audio.

AutoRip for vinyl is available for “Babel” by Mumford & Sons, “The Lumineers,” by the Lumineers, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” by Bruno Mars and “Greatest Hits – Chapter 1,” by Kelly Clarkson.

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