Big and bad… Amazon might just snuff out your local vinyl hocker with this new service. Earlier this year Amazon started offering AutoRip for CDs, allowing those that purchased CDs via their site free digital files and now they're doing the same for vinyl…buy an album or single on Amazon and you'll get the MP3 files for it too. This goes back to 1998 since the launch of the site. If you've purchased vinyl via the site years ago you can still get the MP3 versions delivered to your Cloud Player libraries for free. That means music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TV, Roku, Sonos, from any web browser and from Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles.
All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. You can sign up for a free Amazon Cloud Player account here or by downloading one of our free apps from the Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play or the iTunes Appstore.
Buying a physical copy of music often comes with a digital component these days, but the fact that Amazon jumped on this must really have local dealers stressing. Just ask all the bookstores that are no longer is business what Amazon is capable of.
“AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon. “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. 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.”