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Amazon customers to get free MP3 versions of music CDs – Retail in Asia

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Amazon customers to get free MP3 versions of music CDs

Amazon unveiled this week a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they purchase from Amazon.

Through Amazon AutoRip, customers who buy music CDs will automatically get its free MP3 version made available through their Cloud Player libraries. The service is free of charge and available immediately for playback or download. There is no need for the CD to arrive.

Customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find the MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. Music in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser.

More than 50,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time. Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, emphasized that the service is available to all Amazon customers – past, present, and future – at no cost.

All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device.

AutoRip is the latest in a series of new digital music features from Amazon launched in recent months. The Amazon MP3 Store recently expanded its catalog to offer more than 21 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at USD5.

In June, Amazon launched Cloud Player for iPhone and iPod touch. In July, Amazon added new scan and match technology that enables customers to import music into Amazon Cloud Player by scanning their iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matching songs on their computers to Amazon’s music catalog.