Amazon purchases online music store Amie Street in bid to grow its digital download business

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Amazon buys online music retailer Amie Street

SAN FRANCISCO — Inc., seeking to expand its position in the music download market against rivals like Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store, has purchased online music retailer Amie Street for an undisclosed amount.

In an e-mail to users Wednesday, Amie Street said it has found “a great home” for its site with Amazon. The Seattle-based online retailer first invested in the site nearly four years ago, Amie Street said.

Amie Street, which is based in Long Island City, N.Y., was founded in 2006. Unlike online music stores like Amazon MP3 and the iTunes Store, the site has allowed users to buy songs that start off free and become increasingly expensive as they rise in popularity.

The e-mail said that starting Sept. 22, site visitors will be forwarded to Web pages, and the service will be shut down. Users have until that date to spend any credit they have with the site or download any songs they’ve already purchased.

On Wednesday afternoon, the site was unavailable for use, with visitors greeted by a note informing them that it was “down for maintenance.”

The e-mail said that going forward, Amie Street will focus on developing, which is an Internet radio service that lets people build playlists with friends.

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