Earlier today, Amazon announced that it has extended support for its Amazon AutoRip program to vinyl albums. If you’re not familiar with Amazon AutoRip, it’s essentially a way for customers who purchase physical CD’s and now vinyl records to get access to digital copies of the songs without having to the rip the album themselves.
Starting today, any customer who buys a supported vinyl record on Amazon.com will also receive a digital copy of those tracks added to their Cloud Player library, which is also available across a number of devices, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the Kindle Fire, connected TVs, and more, in addition to the web. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip records at any time since Amazonfirst opened its Music Store in 1998 will find digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also for free.
“We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Digital Music for Amazon in a release this morning. ”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.”
Amazon’s MP3 store now has over 23 million songs, but Amazon did not say exactly how many CDs and vinyl records support AutoRip today. In January (when the service launched), the service had support for over 50,000 albums and promised more would be on the way soon.