Steve’s Media Blog

Amie St.

Posted on: November 19, 2008

I shouldn’t make it a secret that a lot of the free stuff I link to are courtesy of Red Flag Deals.  It’s a fun web site and they’ve got a large forum with various topics.  It’s where I got that link to Love Song.  And it’s where I got pointed to a new music site (at least, new to me): Amie Street.

They have an interesting pricing model, where all songs start at $0.00 and move up to a maximum price of $0.98 – depending on the number of purchases.  The more popular songs will likely cost the maximum $0.98.  They also seem to give you rewards for song recommendations that lead to an increase in price (i.e., more purchases).  All the music is DRM-free, so it will work in any media/mp3 player.

I’m not sure how they are able to do this – it’s not really explained in their “about” page.  I would venture a guess that they pay a blanket licence fee that allows them to set their own prices.  That would at least explain how they are able to start songs at $0.00.

They claim to be a place to discover new artists – and from the looks of things that is the case, although they are featuring Cold War Kids as one of their “new” artists.   I suppose the mainstream might not be familiar with them, but a lot of people already know how great they are, I’m sure.

In any case, looks like another resource for free music – and it is apparently legal.  I think I’m going to send an e-mail and find out for sure what their deal is.

As well, to make up for a lack of a Friday Morning Free Music last week, here are some cover songs of music by The Band courtesy of Cover Lay Down.  I’ve always loved The Band (and actually, one of my projects at school was a short documentary about them), and I like me some free covers.

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