I just stumbled across an interesting digital download music store with serious deals on music, Amie Street. What makes it interesting is their business model:
The only store with dynamically-priced MP3 downloads.
On Amie Street, the community determines the price of music. Every song starts cheap (or even free!) and increases in price up to 98 cents as more and more people purchase it.
This ensures that you get music at a sensible price. If you find cheap songs or albums, that means they’re new to the site and/or undiscovered; conversely, when you pay top price for an album, you know that a lot of people think it’s really good.
I picked up the classic ambient album, Gas 0095, originally released on EM:T Records in the mid-90’s, then remastered and re-released by Microscopics in 2007. I paid $2.85 and the files are DRM-free, 320kbps MP3s. Not too shabby.
Amie Street seems to have a decent catalog of music, including both Ambient and Psytrance, the two genres I tend to buy most digitally, so I will definitely be back to browse again for sweet deals on older albums I may have missed. Check ’em out, they don’t have everything, but they’ll probably have something you’re into, and you might just save a buck or two or three buying from them versus iTunes, or whoever your preferred digital shop may be.