Amazon squares up to iTunes with launch of 'free' MP3 music

The CD may be getting a shot in the arm with the launch of AutoRip, a new service from Amazon that gives customers buying CDs a free MP3 version - including any music bought since the company's Music Store started up in 1998.

Amazon AutoRip turns your CDs into MP3s

Amazon has introduced its AutoRip platform, a service that offers users free MP3 versions of CDs purchased from the Seattle-based company.