I know the meme is to answer every headline that ends in a question mark with the word, No. So shut up.
Amazon is today introducing a new service called Amazon AutoRip, which automatically gives customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they’ve purchased from Amazon since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998.
If Amazon was able to get the music industry to agree to that — and they are no pushovers — how soon will it happen with DVDs/Blu-Ray Discs? (Hello, Ultraviolet!)
And then printed books?
For all of you print fetishists who have long brayed about bundling an eBook with a printed book, here’s a solution that finally makes some damn sense. And if that happened, my prior post would seem more plausible as the next step too: How Amazon Could Switch Over ePub Book Buyers
Nah. Amazon talked record labels into this because customers were already ripping CDs; there was little to lose. Book publishers don’t have to face that issue so I don’t think they have the same pressure.
BTW, I’m betting the real reason Amazon talked the labels into this is that Amazon adds DRM to the mp3 files. They sell mp3 with watermarks so it would make sense to add those watermarks to all the “ripped” mp3s.
The record labels would be interested in this as an anti-piracy measure. The watermarks can be traced back to specific Amazon accounts. A ripped CD OTOH cannot be traced back to the person who riped it.