Amazon to launch auto rip, an effort to sex up CDs

The compact disc has long been left for dead by most tech savvy music fans, but Amazon apparently still sees some life left in the format.

Amazon managers are expected to announce soon that CD buyers will from now on automatically receive copies of the same tracks stored in their Amazon cloud, free of charge, multiple sources with knowledge of the plan told CNET. The cloud-stored tunes can then be accessed from Web-enabled devices. This is easily the most significant announcement involving the CD in years.

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