Amazon Attempts to Save CD Sales

Amazon launched its new AutoRip service today. On the surface it sounds pointless: buy a CD and get the MP3s for free. But, dig deeper and it could be handy if you’ve bought a ton of physical music albums from Amazon over the years.

The service works with the Amazon MP3 store to give you free MP3 copies of CDs you’ve purchased from Amazon dating all the way back to 1998. The AutoRip feature is turned on automatically, so if you purchase a CD from Amazon — past or present — it will automatically download the MP3 version to your Amazon Cloud Player.

Who buys CDs though?

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