Amazon: Now letting you 'auto-rip' your downloads

27 June 2013

amazon logo Amazon have launched a thing called AutoRip, which means it'll be much easier to convert your tunes to CD. Sounds rubbish? Not quite. See, Amazon are allowing customers to rip anything they've bought since 1999 regardless of format. Bought a record in 2001? You'll be able to burn it to a CD.

The same service launched in the States in January and now it has appeared in the UK, as well as France, Germany and Italy after the shipping company struck deals with major and indie labels. There are 350k albums available through AutoRip.

If you want in, go to your Amazon Cloud Player music-locker and you'll find every album you've ever bought, including ones you bought for other people as presents and whatnot. There, you'll be able to download the albums as 256Kbps MP3 files or streamed.

"In the US, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, both in terms of direct feedback to us and social media posts," Amazon's vice president for digital music Steve Boom told The Guardian. "It's a simple, easy-to-understand proposition, and it's also been a great introduction for our customers to the digital services that we have to offer."

"They can get the best of both worlds. A lot of people still like having that physical product. They like to collect, or they like the album art and liner notes that aren't as good in digital."

However, most people will still prefer illegal downloads and torrents because it is much less faff. Still, nice to see a company at least trying to sort this problem out.

TOPICS:   Technology   TV   Cool Stuff


  • StuPid
    Fantastic free service - although it includes things I've bought as gifts, and things I may not have wanted to remind myself of! Had a look earlier and there are indeed a load of CD's I bought 10+ years ago, available for download for free. Good work Amazon - Stu
  • Billy b.
    So logging into your amazon account is more "faff" than trying to source illegal downloads?
  • salmonmax
    Haven't you got it backwards? Isn't it physical stuff you bought is now available for download, not some strange thing that allows you to get CDs for stuff you've downloaded.
  • salmonmax
    OK, I kinda see where you're coming from - you may have bought something in vinyl way back and by messing around you'll be able to get it onto cd from the cloud player? I think the purpose is more to allow you to have the physical product and not have to worry about ripping it to mp3/aac rather than getting it onto CD (why would you want to!?)
  • Gof M.
    This is a great idea and Amazon should be applauded for it, very forward thinking.
  • Chewbie
    Flex wit da erb
  • Mr O.
    Amazon has become too big for itself. What selling things from Kindles to groceries? I thought this company was just for online shopping?
  • Paul
    256 MP3's so not full 320's How very Apple

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