Amazon offer free download with CD purchasesJanuary 11th, 2013 • 5 Comments
Vinyl buyers have been enjoying a free-download voucher with new releases for a while, but now it looks like it’ll be the norm as Amazon has launched a service that gives consumers a free digital version of CDs bought from them.
AutoRip, which is only available in the US currently, will keep a digital copy of CDs in a customer’s cloud storage account, then, you’ll be able to access the music via Amazon’s Cloud Player on the web or via the app.
About time someone did this really.
The catalogue isn’t complete however, and the albums this applies to so far are those that have been most popular with Amazon customers in the last 15 years (‘Dark Side of the Moon’, ‘Thriller’, ’21′ and so on). That should grow in time and, get this, any customer who has bought a CD from Amazon since ’98 will be eligible to get a free MP3 copy of it.
“When we picked those 50,000 titles we focused on having a substantial majority of our physical CD sales covered,” said Steve Boom, head of digital music at Amazon in a statement.
This is obviously a challenge to Apple’s cloud system, so we’ll see how this develops.
But you can rip your own MP3 copy direct from the CD.
And none of this silly cloud thing.
No DRM; everything on your hard disk.
If they gave you a free CD with every download it would be a good offer though.
I’m hoping they will take this further and negotiate rights for free rental via LoveFilm of DVDs and BluRays bought and a Kindle version of books bought.
I bought an eligible CD yesterday from Amazon.com and it turned up in my Cloud Player instantly alongside MP3s I had bought from the UK site. When I tried to sign up for Cloud Player Premium I discovered that having been an early adopter my Cloud Player is US based and I can’t upgrade with a UK credit/debit card. Now I have to download everything before they delete my US Cloud account thus allowing me to sign up to a UK one which I can upgrade to Premium. Wanted to get this out of the way in case AutoRip appears here, suggest others check if their Cloud Player can be upgraded, if billing in US$ then you have a US based account and may not get the benefit when AutoRip is introduced here.
The only similar service they could offer that would of any real benefit would be a free kindle edition of every physical book purchased. It’s the one entertainment medium left where it is not easy to transfer to a digital copy and store it online
I used to use Amazon for CD gifts over the Christmas period for some years, I suppose that means I’ll be getting a load of free music soon!
“Steve Boom”? What a terrific name.