Amazon offer free download with CD purchases
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.