Amazon started offering its AutoRip feature for CDs in January, adding digital versions of CD albums bought by customers from its site to their cloud libraries. Now it’s extended that to vinyl purchases, backdating the feature for anything bought since 1998 – for vinyl albums where it has an AutoRip licensing deal in place, obviously. “AutoRip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year,” says Amazon’s VP of digital music Steve Boom, although experienced Amazon-watchers will be entirely unsurprised that the company isn’t releasing any figures quantifying that wild popularity. “We’re thrilled to extend this experience to vinyl records. Many of our music customers are vinyl fans and it’s traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records.” Actually, a number of independent online stores and D2C platforms have allowed fans to download digital tracks when ordering vinyl for some time now, but Amazon adding the feature is clearly still significant.

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