While music fans continue to buy physical copies of their favorite releases, those CDs and vinyl LPs are often ripped into digital MP3s for convenience’s sake.
Earlier this year, Amazon launched a service called AutoRip, which offered CD purchasers of participating titles a free, high-quality 256-kbps digital version of the music added to their personal cloud. The company has now updated the program to include all vinyl purchases ever made in Amazon’s online music store, going back to its inception in 1998.
“AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” said Amazon’s Vice President of Digital Music, Steve Boom, in a press release. “It’s a fun experience to suddenly find CDs you purchased just today — or 15 years ago — added automatically and free of charge to your digital library.
“We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records,” Boom continued. “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.”
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