Is Amazon streaming old CDs a separate digital release?


Amazon offers many old CDs as streams or mp3 for purchase. Does it qualifies for a separate digital release?

Let’s take an example. A CD was released in 1991, and it is still sold on Amazon as a physical media:

The same music is also sold on Amazon as streaming or as mp3 downloads with a different ASIN:

What is the current policy: should we consider the streaming / mp3 to be a separate digital release?

If a separate digital release is in order, what is the release label for a digital release in such case: is it still the original label which released the CD in 1991, or is it Amazon? A similar question for the release date: is it the same for the digital release as for the original CD (1991), or is it the date when streaming of this CD was offered by Amazon?


Yup! :slight_smile:

The given label, in this case: “Label: Decca”

The actual release date of the digital release, in this case seemingly “Release Date: May 31, 2011”


Although the ASIN for a physical release appears to be the same on Amazon sites for different countries, this is not the case for a digital release (or should we say “releases”?). Each Amazon site has a different ASIN, usually with a different label and release date:

Germany:, label “Decca”, release date February 18, 2011
France:, label “Universal Music Division Classics Jazz”, release date September 1, 2012
Italy:, label “Universal Music Italia srL.”, release date November 2, 2010
Spain:, label “Universal Music Spain S.L.”, release date November 2, 2010
UK:, label “Decca (UMO)”, release date November 2, 2010
US:, label “Decca”, release date May 31, 2011

It looks like if one wants to be absolutely precise, many separate digital releases are required, one for each Amazon site.

Unfinished release entry?