Vinyl Purchases On Amazon Now Include Free Digital Copy

Want to buy physical media and still have a digital copy? Amazon feels your pain – having introduced their AutoRip service earlier this year to give free digital copies of songs and albums to anyone who buys a CD from them. Now they’re expanding AutoRip to vinyl purchases – making it a massive win for vinyl DJs who want to continue buying their favorite tracks on turntable-friendly media. When you purchase albums that are enabled for the service, the digital tracks show up in your Amazon Cloud Player personal music storage account.

The one caveat, unfortunately, is quality.  The service is only providing the digital tracks in 256kbps MP3s – so 320s and lossless files remain out of reach for now. Additionally, AutoRip is only for US customers at the moment – licensing for other countries could become more complicated.

Good Guy Amazon is also grandfathering in all vinyl (and CD) purchases all the way back to 1998 on their site.

It’d be really awesome if we saw this practice start up in other stores – both online and physical record stores could do it!

Learn more by reading Amazon’s complete press release or by checking out Amazon AutoRip

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  • KIO

    To satisfy my love of music on vinyl, I buy one or two vinyl albums per month in one of my home town’s vinyl outlets. Quite a lot of albums come with vouchers to download 320 kbit mp3’s of the album for free. And every time I wonder why they only provide lossy download formats?!? I mean if I was interested in lossy quality I would not be buying vinyl, would I? I however don’t mind recording the album myself and saving it to a lossless format of my choice. Afterall it only takes me one afternoon commute to process the recorded album to music files.

  • Frank112916

    This will go great when I buy the new daft punk album

  • Blak Majik

    The great part about this is that it’s retroactive for such a long way. I’ve been buying the mp3 versions of a lot of records that I own just because ripping them, then re-mastering, then converting them is time consuming with a large collection

  • Just Friday

    Bandcamp provides the download in all the formats you can imagine (AAC, flac, wav, mp3 320 cbr or vbr and even WAV) for all CD or Vinyl you buy

  • Dan White

    Needs more lossless audio, IMO.