Are you buying music on Amie Street yet?

by oz on May 24, 2008

Amie Street

I wrote about Amie Street back in 2006 and have always been a fan. It’s a music service where the fans determine the price of each song. The more times each song is downloaded, the more expensive they get. Prices are capped at $0.99.

The beauty of it is that bands keep 70% of the sales. My only criticism when they were launching was that the site was cluttered with mediocre music and it seemed like every album I previewed…well…sucked.

Much has happened since 2006. The site now hosts music by Elvis Perkins, The National, Stephen Malkmus, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Built to Spill, Cat Power, The Mountain Goats, Pixies and many others. A few of the aforementioned artists have albums still lower than $5.00. When Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released the stellar Real Emotional Trash, I jumped in early and picked it up for $1.62. I was also able to pick up an old Pixies album and The Heavy’s new album for around $4.00 and just now I noticed that Willie Nelson has some imports in their catalog for under $3.00.

If you haven’t already, I’d recommend putting in $10.00 to play around in Amie Street. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter so when new arrivals come in, you can click through and buy before the cost of an album gets over a whopping $2.00.

Enjoy “Colleen” by The Heavy.

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