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Have you bought any music from Amazon since 1998?

If so, starting today you can now access it for free via the Amazon Cloud. The site's new AutoRip service offers free MP3 versions of music purchased in the last 15 years. Head there now to see if you have any songs already available.

I mainly buy my music through iTunes, so I don't have a ton of tracks in the cloud. As I discovered this morning, what I do have there is pretty random — apparently, I purchased Peaches' Father----er via the site 10 years ago — but it's nice to know I still have access to the tracks if I need 'em. (You can stream or download them from the cloud.)

More than 50,000 CDs are part of the AutoRip service. This also means that, in the future, if you purchase a physical CD from Amazon, MP3s of the tracks will be instantly delivered to your cloud player, which you can then play from your computer, iPhone, Kindle Fire or what have you.

Amazon points out that "in many cases, customers can buy an AutoRip CD, including the free digital copy, for less than they would pay for only the digital album at iTunes." For fans of album art and physical CDs, this is certainly a bonus.

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