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Amazon Gives Uk Customers Free Mp3 Download Of Any Cd Bought Since 1999 Via Autorip

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http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/amazon-gives-uk-customers-free-mp3-download-of-any-cd-bought-since-1999-via-autorip-8676293.html

Customers who have bought an album from Amazon will be able to download an MP3 file of the record for free.

The newly launched AutoRip music service will enable customers to stream or download MP3 files from CDs, vinyls or cassettes bought since 1999.

Amazon has struck deals with major and independent music labels to make more than 350,000 albums available through the service.

From today, any new purchase will automatically be added to customers’ Amazon Cloud Player - where they can download it for free.

The music can be downloaded as 256Kbps MP3 files, or streamed from Amazon’s servers to computers, smartphones and tablets, including iOS and Android devices as well as Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets.

Is this if you bought from Amazon and not one of the other sellers if you bought new? A way of encouraging more trade to Amazon's own traders?

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This is great news - no more evenings spent ripping Cds I've bought (I like to keep the physical copy as a backup). And a clever move from Amazon - why would anyone go elsewhere now, especially when they are usually better on price anyway.

Even better, they've implemented it for old stuff you've bought off them. I looked at my cloudplayer this morning and they've added in everything I've bought off them over the past couple of years.

Impressive.

Now, if only we could get them to pay their taxes too!

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They only give 250 uploads for free. Can't see why you would use this over Google music's 20,000, unless you acquired almost all your music from amazon.

Nope you get 250 uploads for free, all of the autorip stuff is excluded from your quota. I've already got 250+ added as off today.

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Do you get decent bitrate in a decent format or are they just low-quality MP3s? Probably quicker to rip them yourself anyway.

MP3 256 which is plenty for the vast majority of people. How could it be quicker to rip yourself?

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Actually this is only right because, as is so often pointed out in discussions about copyright, the media and medium are two distinct things. In theory you should be able to ask for a new copy of the media once the medium ceases to function - ie. that Brotherhood of Man LP you bought in 1976 gets all scratched.

So, far from providing a service, Amazon are only complying with their legal obligations as far as I can tell.

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Intrigued as to why they're including vinyl in this offer, given that anyone who likes listening to LPs is likely to be a hi-fi buff who wouldn't give tinny, compressed MP3 sh!te the time of day.

I've bought two LPs from Amazon in the last year: a reissue of Oscar Peterson's Very Tall on a 180-gram, DMM pressing from a small specialist label, and Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Brahms's violin concerto on another specialist label that has a licence to reprint iconic Deutsche Grammophon LPs from the '70s and '80s. Neither of them were actually bought from Amazon - both from other sellers using Amazon as a portal. Sure enough, both albums came up on my 'eligible for autorip' list. Just listened to the first couple of minutes of the Brahms (and the output of my sound card goes into a Quad valve amp and restored 1970s Wharfedale speakers, so I'm not judging on the basis of listening through £20 PC speakers), and equally sure enough, digital artefacts are clearly audible and there's no real HF at all. I guess your average Ipod listener will be OK with it, but for me it's an irrelevance. I was impressed that they'd managed to include two albums which are about 50 and 30 years old respectively in this thing, though - licensing them must have been tricky.

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Brilliant. Just log in and it's all there.

I bought a few albums where the CD wouldn't rip properly...lots of distortion. It was a problem that surfaced with post Vista afterwards on many old CD's according to my investigations. (e.g. The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by the Incredible String Band).

It was so cheap I never bothered asking for my dosh back. So now I have a version. Thanks IRRO. :)

Out of interest do you just have one DVD/CD rom in your PC? I've had a few issues ripping CDs where I've got distortion appearing in the rip, however I've never been defeated yet if the laptop doesn't do it my big PC has always succeeded and I've always built PC's with 2xDVD roms of different manufacturers because of issues like this.

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(and the output of my sound card goes into a Quad valve amp and restored 1970s Wharfedale speakers, so I'm not judging on the basis of listening through £20 PC speakers),

Do the speakers have digital distortion if you play a CD as well or is it just with compressed files?

Out of interest what's so great about 1970's speakers?

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Out of interest what's so great about 1970's speakers?

I don't know, but I use a pair of Akai speakers from 1973-ish and they sound great, so there is something about them. I'm not a proper hi-fi nerd though, so can't tell you why :)

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Tried two laptops and the Dell desktop. Dell even sent someone out under warranty to replace the drive but to no avail. It was decided it was a new Windows issue which on searching around the net seemed to be common. I think its mainly only on the old stuff..the era I'm stuck in.

But my old PC ('running '98) worked fine but it went the way, so I was left with inadequate, unpredictable results on buying CD's. Made me convert fully to digital. I made sure its not a proprietary format at the expense of some sound quality (as high a quality MP3 as poss.) And Amazon doesn't have the whole license thing like Apple either which is why I use them. As close as you can get to owning the CD tbh. My library is in iTunes though which automatically gets uploaded to google....and I tend to listen most on google because you don't need to sync. I should draw a diagram really. :D

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/

Have you tried using this to see if it can correct the errors? Which era are you stuck in? I have some old CD's that won't play in modern CD players and I've had to copy them on the PC to get them to work.

Bought an album yesterday from Amazon and on first hearing it would appear that the rip has some slight distortions in it not too many but I can hear them, it will be interesting to hear what it's like when I rip the actual CD.

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Customers who have bought an album from Amazon will be able to download an MP3 file of the record for free.

That's been the case since the dawn of the internet!

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MP3 256 which is plenty for the vast majority of people. How could it be quicker to rip yourself?

Ripping a whole CD takes hardly any time (and I can use whatever settings I want). OK, maybe it would be slightly quicker to download them unless you've got a poor connection but the difference isn't really significant. Basically this sounds like a non-feature gimmick. The first thing I do after getting a new CD is rip it so I can play it on my MP3 player anyway, and if you want an MP3 (or better) you've probably already done that.

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I think I originally lost touch when I went to live in Holland for a couple of years in 1981 when there were no jobs around. I got out of touch and never got back, nor felt the urge, to being up to date ever again. Joy Division was about my last up to date love. B) That's not to say there haven't been occasional likes since then.

I seem to have an insatiable appetite for new music. I don't mind "old" old music but I find there's nothing quite as tragic as listening to nearly contemporary pop music. I particularly dislike the sort of radio station that only plays cheesy hits from the 80's and 90's - pop music is supposed to be left behind in its own time, I feel. Why anybody would still happily be listening to the Hazell Dean now is a bit beyond me.

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Cheers - I will try it out.

My decade is really the 70's but over time I have migrated back in time. This has been amply fed by services like last.fm that can expose you to stuff from a time which you don't really recall.(it was too early)

The CD's I've had issues with I bought from the mid 90's which some modern CD players have issues with.

One CD of an 80's group that I bought recently new has an issue with one track when I rip it, the entire CD is fine barring a single track when I use the laptop, however my tower doesn't have an issue with it.

The exactaudiocopy allows you fiddle with the CD-Rom settings, so it may be trial and error to find out what works.

Other than that have you tried accessing the DVD/CD-Rom via virtual box running an older version of windows or Linux? That may bypass the issue with Windows.

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Actually this is only right because, as is so often pointed out in discussions about copyright, the media and medium are two distinct things. In theory you should be able to ask for a new copy of the media once the medium ceases to function - ie. that Brotherhood of Man LP you bought in 1976 gets all scratched.

So, far from providing a service, Amazon are only complying with their legal obligations as far as I can tell.

Really?

I have purchased several CDs as gifts, and now I seem to have been given MP3s of them even though I don't have the original (or have ever listened to them).

On the other hand, I've finally got the MP3s that I bought and that failed to download through Amazon's own software.

On the other, other hand, if they are complying with legal obligations, where are my downloads for all the DVDs I have purchased? :blink:

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Really?

I have purchased several CDs as gifts, and now I seem to have been given MP3s of them even though I don't have the original (or have ever listened to them).

On the other hand, I've finally got the MP3s that I bought and that failed to download through Amazon's own software.

On the other, other hand, if they are complying with legal obligations, where are my downloads for all the DVDs I have purchased? :blink:

You should try asking for the DVD's too now they've set as a precedent!

As for the CD's you gave as presents, copyright law (as the media industry themselves would like it to be upheld) would suggest the original purchaser isn't actually allowed to gift media to another person.

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You should try asking for the DVD's too now they've set as a precedent!

As for the CD's you gave as presents, copyright law (as the media industry themselves would like it to be upheld) would suggest the original purchaser isn't actually allowed to gift media to another person.

Don't forget the ebooks.

Last night I bought another cd for £6 from Amazon and got the MP3 rip immediately, amusingly if I wanted to buy just the MP3 rip from Amazon that was priced at £7.49.

Even better there was a tempting off of two CD's for £15, when I clicked on the link nearly all the CD's listed were £7 or £8 some even listed at £9. I decided I wouldn't be saving any money.

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