Amazon extends AutoRip to vinyl records

Customers buying vinyl records will get free digital copies of those albums in their Amazon Cloud Player, as part of the company's extension its new AutoRip service for CDs.

Here are a few examples of vinyl records that qualify for AutoRip. Screenshot by CNET

Hipsters rejoice. Amazon is adding vinyl records to its AutoRip service, which lets people store music in the cloud.

The company introduced the AutoRip service in January. In its original form, the service allows people who buy or have ever bought CDs on Amazon to also store a digital copy of that album in the Amazon Cloud Player. The company said today in its press release that the service has been extended to vinyl records. Customers should look for the AutoRip logo to know which vinyl records offer digital copies.

The way it works is that when customers purchase an AutoRip vinyl record, a digital copy of that music will be automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, free of charge. This digital copy can be used for immediate playback or download. Amazon is also allowing customers who have purchased AutoRip-enabled vinyl records at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 to get free digital copies of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries.

"AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year," Steve Boom, vice president of digital music for Amazon, said in a statement. "It's a fun experience to suddenly find CDs you purchased just today -- or 15 years ago -- added automatically and free of charge to your digital library. We're thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records."

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