amazon autoripLast week, I got the hankering to buy [easyazon-link asin=”B0029LHW68″ locale=”us”]This Is War[/easyazon-link] by 30 Seconds to Mars, and I hopped over to Amazon to check pricing. I’d previously purchased one track off the album, and I was expecting I’d get a tiny discount to “complete the album.” However, I noticed the CD was on sale for $4.99, which was about half the price of the digital album, and the CD was AutoRip eligible. Cool!

I’d known about Amazon AutoRip, but because I seldom purchase CDs, I hadn’t given it much thought. When the started the service, I think I ended up with one album ripped to my account, and, since I’d already manually ripped it years earlier, I’d barely noticed or cared.

Hence, I didn’t really know how the service worked. I assumed I’d get the MP3 version when my CD shipped. So when I considered shipping options, I hesitated. 2 Day Shipping or “No Rush” and get a $1 credit? I finally decided on No Rush and completed my purchase.

Imagine my surprise when Amazon asked me if I wanted the album ripped to my account. Well, heck, yeah!

So I think I got a pretty good deal. The entire album for, effectively $3.99 + shipping (after the credit) and immediate digital delivery. I’d gotten exactly what I wanted, at much less than I had been prepared to pay.

There was only one small glitch. Because the track data is slightly different on the single track I’d previously purchased, it doesn’t show up as part of the album. I’m sure I can fix it if I go and play with the metadata.

I have only one problem now: what to do with the CD that just arrived in the mail.


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