Amazon has launched a new service where customers who buy an AutoRip eligible CD will get an free MP3 version for free
Amazon says that it's current AutoRip CD library runs to more than 50,000 albums from every major record label and more are being added all the time
When customers complete the purchase of an AutoRip eligible CD, a link appears that allows them to either play the tracks immediately or download them for transport to a favored device
Customers who've bought CDs at any time since the company opened its Music Store in 1998 will find a free high-quality MP3 version landing in the Cloud Player library as soon as they become AutoRip eligible
Although sales of digital music tracks are rising year-on-year, it's clear that U.S. music lovers are still spending most of their hard-earned cash on physical media. According to Nielson SoundScan (which measures point-of-sale of recorded music products), of the 316 million albums purchased stateside in 2012, 193 million were on CD, compared to 118 million digital downloads. Amazon has launched a new service called AutoRip that will save many of those spinning disc buyers the trouble of converting the just-arrived CD to MP3 for playback on a modern portable music player. Anyone who buys an AutoRip CD from the online retail giant will also get a digital copy free-of-charge.
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