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.