How to Save Money Buying Digital Music on Amazon


Not too long ago I wrote a post about how my wife and I recently picked up a kindle Fire HDX each in the Black Friday sales. Since then I’ve started purchasing a little bit of music again through the Amazon Store. I’ve always loved my music but for some reason – probably the expense of raising a family! – I’ve had a bit of a dry period recently when it comes to buying new albums or discovering new music.

While shopping for music on Amazon I came across a bit of a money saving anomaly, one which I thought I’d share with you today in case you’re thinking of treating yourself to a new album on payday!


So CD’s are a dying trend, right? Well it’s certainly true that people are buying CD’s less and less these days in favour of their digital MP3 equivalent. While browsing on Amazon though, I noticed that most CD purchases on the site also come with a free digital version of the Album known as an AutoRip version. If you use Amazon Music then whenever you buy a CD with the AutoRip symbol displayed, a free digital copy of the album will automatically be added to your Amazon cloud for you to either listen to through your Kindle or through the Amazon Music App on any of your compatible devices. You can also download the digital copy to your devices so that you can either listen to it offline or burn it to a CD if you just can’t wait to listen to it in your car. Or you can simply do whatever else you like with it.

So Why Does This Save You Money?

The anomaly I came across is that often times the CD – with free digital copy – is cheaper to buy than the digital only version is. Take this Ben Howard album* for example. At the time of writing it will cost you £6.79 to buy the MP3 only version of the album from the Amazon Digital Music Store. What about if you were to buy the CD version with the free digital AutoRip version though? Well, that will cost you just £4.50 and your digital copy of the album will be available to you instantly in just the same way that it would if you were to buy the digital only MP3 version.

Best of Both Worlds

So if you’re a little bit nostalgic like me and some part of you deep down still likes the feeling of having the original CD and artwork then this really does offer you the best of both worlds. You will get the CD version of the album, along with the MP3 digital version and you might even get it for less money than if you were to buy just the digital MP3 version on its own.

I’m guessing that there will be many of you out there who are way ahead of me technologically and have been saving money on digital music using this AutoRip feature for a while now. If you’re way behind like I am though, then I hope this little tip helps you to save a little money the next time you are looking to purchase an album digitally.

If you want to know more about AutoRip and also see which albums on Amazon come with an AutoRip version then you can find out more here*.

2 Responses to How to Save Money Buying Digital Music on Amazon

  1. Actually I just hear about the albums on Amazon come with an AutoRip version. I should try this one!

  2. I have never heard of AutoRip before so thanks for the insight. I haven’t bought a CD in years and only do Itune downloads so this should work out for me. Hmmmmm….I officially feel old.

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