Taylor Swift’s Digital Album Is $3 Cheaper on Amazon if You Also Get the CD

Get more for less by buying the CD version.

Mysterious. (Amazon)
Mysterious. (Amazon)

It’s unclear if it’s a glitch or just a really weird marketing tactic, but there’s something up with the listing for Taylor Swift’s new album on Amazon.

As you can see in the photo to the left, 1989 costs $9.99 in physical CD form, and $12.49 in MP3 form. That’s standard — MP3s generally cost more than physical discs. 

Here’s what’s odd: An MP3 version of the album is included when you purchase the physical CD. That means you can either pay $12.49 for the MP3 version of the album, or pay $9.99 for the CD version… and still get the MP3s. In other words, Amazon is basically offering customers a $2.50 discount if they’ll take the godforsaken physical CDs off their hands.

According to the AutoRip terms and conditions, the free MP3s are available to anyone with a US billing address, and as long as the order isn’t purchased as a gift. Those criteria seem pretty easy to meet. The MP3s, the website says, should appear in your Amazon Music Library within 48 hours.

Weird, right? (Amazon)
Weird, right? (Amazon)

Happy shopping!

Taylor Swift’s Digital Album Is $3 Cheaper on Amazon if You Also Get the CD