BOOKSELLER Amazon has extended its Autorip feature to vinyl records, bringing the music format in line with CDs.
Amazon launched Autorip in the US in January and is confident that its automatic ripping of new and previous purchases will be a hit with its customers.
"Autorip has been wildly popular with customers since it launched earlier this year," said Steve Boom, VP for Digital Music at Amazon.
"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.
"Many of our music customers are vinyl fans and it's traditionally been very difficult to make digital versions of vinyl records - now customers can enjoy the albums they buy wherever they are, not just when they have access to a record player."
This means that records that you bought in 1998 through ones that you buy today will be automatically ripped and sent to you in 256Kbit/s MP3 audio digital format in your Amazon cloud library.
It's a smooth move by the retailer. Not only is it an extension of the mud in your eye download alternative Autorip, but it also reflects a growing renewal of interest in vinyl recordings.
According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) sales of vinyl recordings have grown over the last five years. In the UK a total 389,000 LPs were sold in 2012, a 15 percent increase against the year before.
"Coexist", the second album by The XX, was the best selling vinyl album of 2012, and in second place was a 40 year anniversary re-release of "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" by David Bowie.
"With more than 60 years of loyal service, the vinyl LP is by some margin the most enduring album format of all time," said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor in January.
"Although sales overall are small compared to CD and digital albums, vinyl's collectability and appeal to audiophiles is drawing in new fans." µ