Amazon steps up digital battle with music giveaway

Online retailer Amazon has stepped up the battle for music sales with the announcement that it will give away digital versions when customers buy CDs and vinyl records - and they will backdate for any past purchases.

The free MP3 service, named AutoRip, will enable Amazon customers to have instant access to music they have bought days before their purchases arrive in the post.

Amazon has launched the free MP3 service AutoRip for customers who buy CDs and vinyl records. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The firm has already lined up in excess of 350,000 albums for AutoRip with more titles to be added, and said there will be no knock-on effect on its prices.

Tracks will be added to customers' Amazon Cloud Player account and can either be streamed or downloaded to devices such as iPhones, iPads, Kindles and smartphones.