Cybertainment: Amazon's AutoRip gives buyers a CD plus digital version

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The convenience and portability of digital downloads is great, but many people like to have the physical CD because of the liner notes, artwork and sound quality. Now, online retailer Amazon is giving music buyers the best of these two music delivery platforms for the price of one.

Amazon's new AutoRip feature lets people buy a compact disc and get a free digital version of the album. AutoRip isn't available for every CD ever made, but buyers can choose from thousands of eligible recordings from Amazon's inventory. Once they buy a CD, the MP3 version is immediately stored in their Amazon Cloud Player account and accessible from any computer or mobile device.

AutoRip eliminates the extra steps of syncing music libraries between devices or having to rip tracks from CDs in order to have a portable MP3.

The feature extends to any CD one has purchased from Amazon since 1998 that's on the AutoRip lists.

Buyers can check for the AutoRip logo before buying. Or they can browse Amazon's list of AutoRip CDs, which can be searched by artist or genre, or by recent and upcoming releases.

Buyers should check when buying deluxe editions or CD box sets with extra tracks. In some cases, these may not be licensed for download and won't be included in the MP3 version.

We have no control over how our day goes, but at least we can get it started right.

Stereomood is an online music service that matches music to moods. They launched a new app this week -- Mood O'Clock Alarm, which is an alarm clock app for Android devices that wakes the user and eases them into the day with music designed for specific moods, such as energetic, happy or calm.

Mood O'Clock Alarm is $1.99 in the Google Play store.

The free Stereomood app is available for both iPhone/iPad and Android devices.

Clear Channel's online radio service iHeartRadio also is in the mood music business with a new enhancement designed to match music played to the listener's current mood or activity.

Dubbed Perfect For, it presents the listener with music channels suitable for waking up, cleaning house, chilling out, driving and more.

The free iTunes app also has a built-in alarm clock so the user can wake up to it.

iHeartRadio features more than 1,500 live radio station streams and enables the listener to customize stations based on their musical tastes.

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Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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