Amazon MP3 FAQ: What Is Amazon AutoRip?

An Explanation of Amazon AutoRip and Its Benefits

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If you browse the Amazon Music section of the Amazon website, you've probably noticed that some albums have the AutoRip logo next to them. This logo indicates that when you buy that particular physical album, which is shipped and sold by Amazon, you can also receive a digital copy of it.

Free MP3 AutoRip Version

When you buy a physical music-based product such as an audio CD, you typically receive just the one physical copy. If you also wanted a digital copy of the CD, you'd have to rip it yourself. In the case of an AutoRip CD purchased at Amazon, you are automatically provided with an online digital audio version in the MP3 format. Amazon's AutoRip feature places the digital music in your Amazon music library, so you can either download the MP3 or stream it from any of your digital devices.

What About Previous Purchases?

Even if you haven't purchased anything in a long time, this service provides digital versions of qualifying music products that you've purchased as far back as 1998. If you have purchased physical copies of music from Amazon in the past, look in your My Music section. If you see an AutoRip logo next to any of the previous purchases, Amazon placed an AutoRip copy of the music there, whenever its licensing rights allowed it to do so.

Do All Physical Music Products Qualify?

No, not all products in Amazon's physical music catalog qualify, although thousands of them do. The best way to see the ones that are AutoRip-enabled is to use the Amazon Store's search filter. Just type AutoRip in the search field and then modify the search as needed in the left column.

AutoRip Digitizes Vinyl Albums for You 

AutoRip isn't only available for CDs; any music format is eligible. If you still buy vinyl albums, there's a large collection with the AutoRip logo at Amazon. The AutoRip feature is even more convenient for vinyl recordings than for CDs considering that you have to digitize vinyl (or any analog-based music recording for that matter) if you want a digital copy. It can take quite a long time to do it yourself, especially if any restoration work is needed such as removing pops, clicks, or hiss. If you do it yourself, digitizing vinyl involves significant extra costs such as purchasing a USB turntable or buying oxygen-free audio leads so you can connect from your stereo system to your computer's sound card. If Amazon does it for you, it is free.