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Amazon.com ramps up challenge to iTunes music store

Published on Jan 11, 2013 8:09 AM
 
A picture taken on Sept 3, 2010 in Washington shows the Amazon homepage appears on a screen. Amazon.com on Thursday launched a service that gives compact disk buyers instant copies of music in the Internet "cloud" in a major challenge to Apple's iTunes shop. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Amazon.com on Thursday launched a service that gives compact disk buyers instant copies of music in the Internet "cloud" in a major challenge to Apple's iTunes shop.

Amazon AutoRip provides free MP3 versions of music on CDs bought from the online retail titan.

Copies of tunes are stored in Cloud Player libraries on datacenter servers and can be streamed to an array of Internet-linked devices including smartphones or tablets powered by Android or Apple software and Kindle Fire tablets.

"What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?" Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos asked rhetorically.

 
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