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Marc Weinstein says his record stores thrive despite file-sharing and chain-store rivals because they focus on the basics: Product and customers.  In 1990, vinyl records were thought to have gone the way of the dinosaur -- and indie record shops were said to have gone with them. But Marc Weinstein believed View More

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By Joshua Klein It’s a warm Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Amoeba Records is bustling. A long line of customers winds through the racks of thousands of new and used CDs and LPs, waiting for one of the busy registers to open up. A steady stream of cars drives in View More

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By Jim Rendon When Glenn Ward, the chief executive of the Virgin Entertainment Group, North America, has an urge to hunt for obscure, out-of-print recordings, he passes up the Virgin Megastore on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles for another music retailer down the street. Mr. Ward chooses that competitor, Amoeba Music, because, View More

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By Marc Weingarten While the recording industry grapples with the issue of widespread downloading of copyrighted music, an independent record store in Los Angeles is trying to make the digital revolution work on its own terms. Amoeba Music, a 31,000-square-foot store on Sunset Boulevard that opened in November, has an inventory of View More

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By Conor Dougherty Anyone browsing through the aisles of a music store faces the same quandary: Dare I plunk over 20 bucks for selections I might not like? Amoeba Records, the Bay Area institution recently opened in Hollywood, is rendering moot such concerns. The store offers listeners a chance to sample a View More

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By Gigi Guerra When it’s time for some serious CD shopping, head to Amoeba. Covering 25,000 square feet and housing over 500,000 pieces of music, it’s the largest independent music store in the United States. The prices are phenomenal, too; there’s a huge "under $5" section with a shockingly low View More

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By William Hermes "Music is most people’s connection to the spiritual. It’s how they get high. You have to respect that—whatever sort of music they’re into." So philosophizes Marc Weinstein, 40, a co-owner of Amoeba Music, perhaps the country’s best—not to mention biggest—independent record store. The original Amoeba was launched in View More