• Amie Street Raises $3.9 Million For New Products

    <img src="" Online music startup Amie Street has raised $3.9 million in Series B funding led by Deep Fork Capital, which included the conversion of a bridge note issued previously by the investment firm. Three undisclosed investors also participated in the round. Amie Street raised an undisclosed amount of series… Read More

  • Your Guide To Music On The Web – Part #1

    I’m a Web fanatic, I admit. But you probably already knew that… My work environment has been completely web based for years now. The same applies to my music. Like many people, I used to download music from Kazaa or eMule (Yeah, I know some of you still do). Most of the time now, I listen to music on the web and don’t have any need to download it. My laptop benefits the most… Read More

  • 2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    This will be the third annual post on “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without.” The first post, for 2006, is here. The 2007 post, written a year ago, is here. This is a list of the products I tend to use daily. Some are for work (WordPress, Delicious, Google Docs, etc.), some are for fun (Amazon Music, Amie Street, etc), and some are useful for both (Digg, Skype… Read More

  • Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music

    The signs are everywhere that a revolution is taking place in music. DRM is history, the price of music is falling towards zero (and sometimes even free isn’t enough to slow piracy), and even big music sites like Yahoo are beginning to break ranks with the RIAA and labels. But Amazon may be doing more than anyone else to change the way music is discovered, promoted and sold. Not only do… Read More

  • Listen To Top Indie Songs On Your iPhone

    Mzinga isn’t the only new product launching tonight at the Boston TechCrunch Party. Massachusetts based OurStage is debuting a new iPhone site where anyone can listen to top ranked Indie songs as well. Ourstage, which launched in March 2007, is a site that lets users rank and buy Indie songs. Artists upload the songs, which users then judge – two song snippets are heard and the… Read More

  • Strayform Tries New Indie Music Model

    Strayform is a Texas startup that, like SellaBand and the recently funded Amie Street, is giving unsigned artists a way to promote and sell their music. Like SellaBand, artists sign up, upload some of their music and then create proposals for new music they want to create. Fans can listen to and download the music (DRM free), and donate directly to proposals they like. The proposals are… Read More

  • Amie Street Closes Series A Financing Led By

    Social music marketplace Amie Street has closed a Series A round of financing led by, along with some new partnerships and a site redesign. The amount of Amazon’s investment and the terms are not disclosed. We’ve been big fans of the model and the recent investment shows Amazon is too. On Amie Street, music is not sold for a flat rate, but rather fluctuates based on… Read More

  • Amie Street Celebrates First Birthday: Free Music For TechCrunch Readers

    Amie Street, one of our favorite new music distribution services (SellABand is up there, too), turns one year old today – we first wrote about them last year a couple of weeks after launching. Amie Street’s business model is dead simple – Artists upload their music for download on the site. Users download songs, with the starting price at free. When downloads pick up for… Read More

  • Barenaked Ladies: New Album. Free. No DRM. Now.

    I’ve been writing about the Amie Street music site since their launch last July. Their model has the potential to disrupt the music industry from the bottom up: Bands and labels upload music, which is downloadable in DRM-free MP3 format. The price always starts at free, and as more people download the song, the price starts to rise, eventually hitting $.98. Higher priced songs are by… Read More

  • Amie Street Begins Data Mining and Artist Promotion

    Amie Street is one of my favorite startups right now, partially because they are the embodiment of (what I consider to be) the perfect music model: DRM-free MP3s sold at pure market driven prices. The company’s business model is dead simple – Artists can upload their music for download on the site. Users download songs, with the starting price at free. When downloads pick up… Read More

  • Jigg That Music

    iJigg is a new, easy-on-the-eyes music site that launched a couple of days ago – we first saw it on the TechCrunch Forums. Think Digg for music, plus lots of Flash functionality. Songs are presented on the home page and can be “jigged” by members. Songs can also be embedded into web pages (I’ve done so with one of the popular songs below), commented on, etc. Songs… Read More

  • 2007: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    A year ago I wrote a post called “Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without” and listed thirteen startups whose products made a real impact in my life. Those were the products that I loved, and used every day. I enjoyed sorting through the hundreds of startups that we had written about, and picking just a handful that made a real impact on my life. It was so much fun… Read More

  • Amie Street Takes Innovative Music Model Into Beta

    DRM-free music marketplace Amie Street is announcing its beta launch this morning. (Note: it looks like it’s having traffic issues today, but it is coming up if you’re patient.) We wrote about the company’s alpha launch and interesting demand-driven pricing model here in July. Songs uploaded by artists fluctuate in price according to demand over time. Users get… Read More

  • Amie Street: Awesome New Music Model

    A lot has happened in the music space recently that suggests a steady progression towards the sale of DRM-free music by the big labels. In my opinion this progression/evolution is inevitable, and will be followed by a reduction in pricing towards zero – services will be able to sell based on service levels (ease and speed of download, inclusion of music video content and album art… Read More