Autoripping from Amazon

Thursday, 27 June 2013

⚠️ This is an old post

It's possibly been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the years. That probably means, at best, there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any advice is probably out of date and irrelevant. Or it is really old, it was the wafflings of a teenager with too much time on his hands working out what blogging is… If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

You've been warned! Onwards…

BBC news has an interesting article on it today about a new feature from Amazon: AutoRip. The long and short of it is that when you buy a CD or vinyl Amazon will throw in the mp3 files free of charge. It is a really interesting idea. The best part of this is that it is retroactive - all the CDs that you have ever bought through Amazon are available via Amazon Cloud Player to stream or to download.

The feature could be really handy is you have ever bought a CD, loaned it to a friend and then never seen the CD again. On the flip side, as Rory Cellan-Jones points out, "this could be rather scary - Amazon started selling CDs in the UK back in 1999, and you may find the evidence of your past musical tastes rather distressing".

It does pose some interesting questions regarding ownership though; when I log into my account I see the 9 CDs that I have purchased through Amazon, 3 of these I bought as gifts. Obviously Amazon has no way of knowing that I bought them to give away, but it seems a little bit odd that they should assume that I still own all the CDs.

I also wonder how far this will go. I would love to see the same rolled across to book purchases; buy a physical book and get the Kindle edition thrown in for free, or get a video file for each BluRay, DVD or maybe even VHS that you have bought. I really hope this is just the beginning.

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