Amazon Offers MP3 Versions of Vinyl Purchases
Buy a record from Amazon and you'll get a digital copy for free.
April 05, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

If you’re buying vinyl, you probably don’t care all that much about MP3s. However, everyone loves a freebie—and freebies you shall have if you buy your records from Amazon.

The online retailer just announced plans to offer free MP3 versions of vinyl purchases made through Amazon. The offer is part of the company’s AutoRip service, which debuted earlier this year.

If you see the AutoRip logo next to your vinyl or CD purchases, you’ll receive a free digital version of that purchase in 256 Kbps audio, which will automatically appear in your Cloud Player library. From there, users can playback the music or download it for use on the Kindle Fire, an Android phone or tablet, the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, select Samsung TVs, Roku boxes, Sonos players, and any web browser.

However, this isn’t just something to spark new purchases. Amazon is making the offer retroactive on record purchases made through Amazon since the company’s music store first opened back in 1998. Just log into your account, go to the library, and enjoy.

Just be advised that not every single title is an AutoRip title. It needs to have the AutoRip logo on the product page. However, Amazon says it’s adding new AutoRip titles all the time.

“AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” said Steve Boom, Amazon’s VP of digital music. “It’s a fun experience to suddenly find CDs you purchased just today—or 15 years ago—added automatically and free of charge to your digital library. We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records. Many of our music customers are vinyl fans and it’s traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records—now customers can enjoy the albums they buy wherever they are, not just when they have access to a record player.”

See Also:
‘Classic Album Sundays’ Offers Unique Listening Opportunity at NY Audio Show
Analog Revival Much Bigger Than Numbers Indicate
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The Occupy Audio Movement

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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