Amazon Expands AutoRip Song Downloads To Vinyl Purchases

(Radio.com) 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."

While not every title in Amazon's vast music store is part of the AutoRip service, there are still thousands of records across all genres that are marked with a special icon signifying their positive AutoRip status, including albums from Bob Marley, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Miles Davis and Daft Punk. more on this story

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