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  1. Amazon Delights Audio Nerds, Extends AutoRip Service To Vinyl Purchases

    I'm not going to lie, folks -- I've pirated my share of music in my time. Probably more than my share. Napster, Kazaa, The Pirate Bay -- you name a service, I've probably used it to download an album before. BUT! I also try to be pretty good about supporting artists and small labels by actually purchasing those tunes as well, and when I do, vinyl is my format of choice. And as of this morning, Amazon is doing me a big fat solid and extending their popular AutoRip program -- which offers folks who have bought CDs through Amazon a free digital copy of the album -- to vinyl records.

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  2. A+ Would Buy Again: Amazon Gives Customers MP3 Versions of Physical CDs

    If you've ordered a CD off Amazon in the last fifteen years but haven't gotten around to ripping it to your computer yet, don't worry. Amazon just announced a new AutoRip feature for the Amazon Cloud Player, giving users free access to MP3 versions of their physical CDs. Sounds great. The only downside I see to this is having to look back on all the embarrassing CDs you purchased in 1998. According to Billboard, the #1 album that year was the soundtrack for Titanic. You've probably got Celine Dion waiting for you in your Cloud Player right now.

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