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