Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too
No Limits (2 Unlimited)? Um, that's not MINE...
Amazon's cloudy music service is filling up with every CD you ever bought, ready to play back on as many as 10 approved devices along with your MP3 collection.
The service is called "AutoRip" and is US-only for the moment, but where available it creates digital versions of CDs in the cloud so as soon as the purchase is made one can start listening while the physical CD is in the post. But Amazon is also adding digital versions of CDs one bought in the past, to entice late adopters into its cloud. It may also have a small effect on the sale of meatspace music discs.
The Cloud Player is under Your Account on the Amazon home page, and comes pre-populated with the MP3 files you've purchased, though in contrast to the downloads, these versions are protected with Adobe's Digital Rights Management - which limits playback to 10 registered devices.
New CDs bought from Amazon.com, and sporting the AutoRip logo, come with a digital copy so buyers don't even have to go through the effort of ripping their own discs, unless they want to convert them to OGG and play them back on a Raspberry Pi or similar.
The point here is to seduce listeners into Amazon's cloud service, competing with Google's Play Music and similar services. Amazon will charge you $24.99 a year if you have more than 250 tracks which weren't purchased from Amazon, but is slightly better at recognising tracks (to avoid uploading when copies already exist) and in very-limited testing offered smoother playback too, but that's probably down to the small number of users.
Amazon has recognised that some customers just prefer physical media, and that such customers need more inducement to take advantage of cloudy playback, automatically ripping CDs is a nice service to offer, and if the future is as cloudy as proponents seem to think it's going to be, then every customer seduced today will pay off over the rest of their lives. ®
Re: D'oh, for cripes' sake...
"I'm going to make a bunch of unfounded assumptions about the service doing things I hate, and then become violently angry with the service because it's doing things I hate.
I also feel it necessary to point out that I am smarter than other people and therefore take it as a personal affront that you offer others a service that I personally find unnecessary.
Additionally, I believe it is important to point out that I am aware that there are formats which are higher quality and, frankly, cooler, to use than mp3. Just in case I haven't made my contempt for anyone who disagrees with me clear enough already, by the way, I include 'thankyuhvurymuch' in a pseudo-dimwit accent, to drive home the fact that I consider those who created or use this service to be inbred descendants of moonshiners, and who probably don't even know how to set up their own email servers.
In conclusion, anyone who doesn't agree with me or doesn't want the same things I want is an idiot."
Re: Why buy the CD?
Because we like to have a physical proof that we're entitled to play the music?
Because we want to be able to let whoever inherits our stuff to also be able to legally play it?
Because we don't want to be the victim of yet another online service shutdown?
Mine's the coat with the 2TB drive in the pocket...
Re: D'oh, for cripes' sake...
> Does Amazon honestly think that I'm so goddamn' impatient that I can't wait a business day or two for my CD to arrive?
Does it matter? You still get the CD, and they give you the download for free.
> (never mind that most of the stuff I'm after wouldn't be carried on Amazon, or probably hasn't even been reissued on CD)
Then this doesn't affect you at all, so no need to worry.
> Will they blow me off and just keep piling up auto-ripped tracks in their cloud until it hits the limit and they start charging me?
When you buy music from Amazon, it doesn't take up any of your paid-for space, you get it added free.
> P'wah, "auto-ripoff", more like.
auto-freebies, more like.
> Besides, I'm not so friggin' incompetent that I can't slip a CD into my computer, fire up iTunes, and rip the tracks to 320k mp3, or wav, or use my FLAC converter myself, thankyuhvurymuch.
And you still can. They haven't taken anything away, just added things.
> you can't fix stupid.