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Vinyl Sales Highest Since 1998, Making More Money Than Free Streaming

Posted by Billy Gil, March 23, 2016 06:26pm | Post a Comment

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Today the RIAA revealed numbers showing that vinyl sales made more revenue than ad-supported free streaming services, such as YouTube and Spotify’s free models.

Vinyl sales climbed 32% last year to $416 million, which is the highest they’ve been since 1988, according to the RIAA, which was around the time CDs overtook vinyl and cassettes as the dominant medium for music sales. By contrast, free, ad-supported streaming rose only 31% to $385 million in 2015. The news spurred a number of "Vinyl is back!" headlines once again, although vinyl still only makes up 6% of the music retail sales.

But these numbers only tell part of the story. Even if you include paid subscriptions to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc., artists don’t see much of that money. Spotify themselves admit to paying only between $0.006 and $0.0084 to labels and rights holders per stream (this number combines all paid and unpaid user streams and also takes into account the share labels take). Once labels take their share, an artist might make only $0.001128 per song, according to the Guardian. And these services aren’t even profitable yet.

While streaming might pay out decently for the likes of someone popular like, say, Kendrick Lamar or Katy Perry, who get tens of millions of streams, the payouts are paltry for mid-level and independent artists. Numbers vary as far as how much artists actually make per physical album sold — it can be around 11% when you factor in deductions, according to Rollingstone. But while a nice piece of vinyl can sometimes feel like a splurge, it’s always worth remembering that buying an album physically is a better way of supporting the artists making the music than streaming.

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February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2016 02:36pm | Post a Comment

This February, there's a TON going on at Amoeba!

Every day in February, there's something special happening at Amoeba Hollywood, including one-day sales, a pet adoption day, DJ sets, in-store performances and more. This Monday, Feb. 1, we're kicking things off with a sale on green-tag DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at three for $9. Wednesday, Feb. 3, spend $50 and get a $10 gift certificate for future use.

See all our deals and events in the infographic below. And follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates, including some exciting Flash Sales happening Feb. 17 and 29!

February Happenings at Amoeba Hollywood

 

Amoeba San Francisco and Amoeba Berkeley will also be having the following sales:

** February 2: 20% off used books and comics

** February 8: BOGO red tag sale. Any format storewide

** February 11-14: 20% off all turntables, plus get a $10 gift certificate for used vinyl.

** February 13: 20% off all headphones

** February 16: Used Box Set Sale

** February 22:  25% off all posters

** February 24:  20% off used books and comics

** February 27:  20% off all mugs

 

Sales at Amoeba Stores Every Sunday in July

Posted by Amoebite, July 6, 2015 04:20pm | Post a Comment

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Every Sunday in July our stores are having a different 20% off sale.

On Sunday, July 12, take 20% off shirts and posters. July 19 it's 20% off books, comics, mugs and toys; and on July 26, enjoy 20% off all used DVD and Blu-ray.

If you haven't been to Amoeba in a while, it's a great excuse to come out and pick up fresh merch, get some new movies, or peruse our new toy sections in LA and SF. See some of the products we have for sale in the photos below.

We hope to see you every Sunday this month!

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Weeknight Deals at All Three Stores Feb. 23-27

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Weekly Deals at Amoeba

Amoeba is holding sales at all three stores every night Monday through Friday the week of February 23-27! From 5 p.m. to closing each weeknight, we’ll have 20% off sales on the following:

Monday: 20% off all used DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Tuesday: 20% off all books and posters
Wednesday: 20% off headphones
Thursday: 20% off turntables
Friday: 20% off T-Shirts

It’s just for one week only. Break up that rush hour commute and come shop with us!

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Black Friday Deals at Amoeba

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2014 11:19am | Post a Comment

Black Friday at Amoeba

Let's talk turkey about Black Friday. Lots of retailers are going to have sales, but Amoeba is throwing a weekend-long celebration of deals, steals, and exclusive releases at each of our stores.

First off, November 28th is Record Store Day Black Friday and that means that you can shop nearly 140 Record Store Day exclusive releases at our stores. Faith No More, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, MORRISSEY CURATES THE RAMONES...so many exciting, limited edition titles. Download the list (.PDF) of this year's Record Store Day Black Friday releases available only at indie record stores. (Also check out Billy Gil's blog Ten Record Store Day Releases to Look For On Black Friday.)

We've also packed Friday full of crazy deals for you and yours because it's the perfect time to start shopping for the holidays (and yourself). Check out these festive offers...

FRIDAY ONLY:

  • 25% off gift certificates (up to $100) 2-4pm only. Redeemable starting 12/1.
  • Buy 3 Green Tag Blu-rays for just $12
  • 25% off headphones, posters, and used books
  • Audio Technica AT-LP60 turntable on sale for just $119.98! 
  • Crosley turntable on sale for $119.98 (Amoeba Hollywood only)

Please note: Amoeba Hollywood's trade counter will open late at 2pm on Black Friday.

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