Amoeba Music

★★★★☆
  • 2455 Telegraph Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94704

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  • 510-549-1125

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I love going to Amoeba, I always find everything I am looking for and then some. My husband is a trumpet player, and always has some rare requests for CD's for his birthday or Christmas, with a little time and flipping through used records I find what I am looking for. However, I hate flipping through racks, I have no patience for it. I like organized, easy to find shopping, I always have to prepare myself for that aspect of shopping at Amoeba.

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★★★★☆

I love going to Amoeba, I always find everything I am looking for and then some. My husband is a trumpet player, and always has some rare requests for CD's for his birthday or Christmas, with a little time and flipping through used records I find what I am looking for. However, I hate flipping through racks, I have no patience for it. I like organized, easy to find shopping, I always have to prepare myself for that aspect of shopping at Amoeba.

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Best music and movie selection, high-quality used DVDs and CDs, very friendly and helpful employees who know their music, and most importantly and overall a great place to shop for good music/movies at reasonable prices!

4
★★★★☆

Best music and movie selection, high-quality used DVDs and CDs, very friendly and helpful employees who know their music, and most importantly and overall a great place to shop for good music/movies at reasonable prices!

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When I first arrived in Berkeley to attend the UC, Rasputin was my second home. Way back then they occupied a basement space under what is now Hot Topic. When Rasputin went upscale and built a glitzy palace on the corner of Durant (now a glorified t-shirt store), I wandered down Telegraph and found a true audiophile's dream. Amoeba cared not for looks or glamor... they were all about the music. It was the poor kid's swapping mecca; you'd take the cds and movies you'd gotten tired of and trade them in for someone else's castoffs. Sharing and recycling at its best. And the staff were all hardcore music people themselves, many whom were musicians, who knew history and could appreciate a rarity and were all too happy to suggest other artists to explore.
That was all back in the day though. The older clerks have mostly been replaced by young hipsters more interested in how cool you appear than in the music you are buying. I've often gotten less than enthusiastic help in finding things, and have been barely acknowledged for being there. Indifference towards music and customers seem to be in vogue now, and it has taken a lot of the pleasure out of being there.
I miss my neighborhood music store, where you could converse with someone about the local music scene or the connection between acid jazz and psychedelic rock. Amoeba's staff seems to think their rep means they can act however they like and people will just take it because, hey, it's Amoeba, but with a larger-stocked Rasputin down the road and younger clientle that don't remember the good old days, they might want to re-think their arrogance.

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★★★☆☆

When I first arrived in Berkeley to attend the UC, Rasputin was my second home. Way back then they occupied a basement space under what is now Hot Topic. When Rasputin went upscale and built a glitzy palace on the corner of Durant (now a glorified t-shirt store), I wandered down Telegraph and found a true audiophile's dream. Amoeba cared not for looks or glamor... they were all about the music. It was the poor kid's swapping mecca; you'd take the cds and movies you'd gotten tired of and trade them in for someone else's castoffs. Sharing and recycling at its best. And the staff were all hardcore music people themselves, many whom were musicians, who knew history and could appreciate a rarity and were all too happy to suggest other artists to explore.
That was all back in the day though. The older clerks have mostly been replaced by young hipsters more interested in how cool you appear than in the music you are buying. I've often gotten less than enthusiastic help in finding things, and have been barely acknowledged for being there. Indifference towards music and customers seem to be in vogue now, and it has taken a lot of the pleasure out of being there.
I miss my neighborhood music store, where you could converse with someone about the local music scene or the connection between acid jazz and psychedelic rock. Amoeba's staff seems to think their rep means they can act however they like and people will just take it because, hey, it's Amoeba, but with a larger-stocked Rasputin down the road and younger clientle that don't remember the good old days, they might want to re-think their arrogance.

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I might have given amoeba a 5 star review at one time but now it would only be in comparison to other stores. Unfortunately they are the only game in town. But I have watched over the years the progressive deterioration of what amoeba was really important for. No longer will you find obscure labels stocked in the jazz, classical and experimental sections and very rarely do you find out of print gems. And yes part of the problem lies with the fact that unpopular genres just do not generate sales.
But I am also slamming amoeba over their very poor, rude and even insulting customer service. And watch the prices on new stock!
On many occassions when I have pointed out price discrepancies I have either been told that it is the distributors pricing (without checking the computer) or to go elsewhere to buy even when it was their other store. Some of the discrepancies were as high as $15.00 on a single disc. Also items that had rung up at a lower price then the sticker price the clerk would overide it and enter the higher price.
I have been accussed of re-sealing items and when proved them wrong was not even offered an apology.
It seems when ever I pointed these things out I am treated as if I were the problem. The time I was accussed of re-sealing the buyer screamed and threatened to "cut me off". I have walked on eggshells during the past year or so just to be able to shop there. Bitting my tongue as a clerk would override a cheaper price on occassion. But a recent event has finnally pushed me out of the store for good.
I brought a few items in for trade and the buyer began to insult and humiliate me. Saying loudly at one point that "no one wants to see me here" and that "no one likes me here" and then repeated it several times while the teenage clerks chuckled. If it weren't for the history of abuse I have suffered over the years I might have let this go as I have in the past. But this was over the top and I would feel more cheapened then ever giving amoeba records any more of my money.
By the way this buyer turned out to be a manger. I have watched in disbelief as this manager has insulted and humiliated many others as well at the buy counter in the past.
So at a time when amoeba is losing customers to internet sales and downloads what kind of idiot would push a steady paying customer away?

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★★☆☆☆

I might have given amoeba a 5 star review at one time but now it would only be in comparison to other stores. Unfortunately they are the only game in town. But I have watched over the years the progressive deterioration of what amoeba was really important for. No longer will you find obscure labels stocked in the jazz, classical and experimental sections and very rarely do you find out of print gems. And yes part of the problem lies with the fact that unpopular genres just do not generate sales.
But I am also slamming amoeba over their very poor, rude and even insulting customer service. And watch the prices on new stock!
On many occassions when I have pointed out price discrepancies I have either been told that it is the distributors pricing (without checking the computer) or to go elsewhere to buy even when it was their other store. Some of the discrepancies were as high as $15.00 on a single disc. Also items that had rung up at a lower price then the sticker price the clerk would overide it and enter the higher price.
I have been accussed of re-sealing items and when proved them wrong was not even offered an apology.
It seems when ever I pointed these things out I am treated as if I were the problem. The time I was accussed of re-sealing the buyer screamed and threatened to "cut me off". I have walked on eggshells during the past year or so just to be able to shop there. Bitting my tongue as a clerk would override a cheaper price on occassion. But a recent event has finnally pushed me out of the store for good.
I brought a few items in for trade and the buyer began to insult and humiliate me. Saying loudly at one point that "no one wants to see me here" and that "no one likes me here" and then repeated it several times while the teenage clerks chuckled. If it weren't for the history of abuse I have suffered over the years I might have let this go as I have in the past. But this was over the top and I would feel more cheapened then ever giving amoeba records any more of my money.
By the way this buyer turned out to be a manger. I have watched in disbelief as this manager has insulted and humiliated many others as well at the buy counter in the past.
So at a time when amoeba is losing customers to internet sales and downloads what kind of idiot would push a steady paying customer away?

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Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue has the greatest selection of music, the most knowledgeable staff, and the best prices. Every genre is well represented, vinyl and CD, new and used. Many music buffs and regulars haunt the aisles on a daily basis, to find out what has arrived since yesterday. Not the best place to sell back (go just down the street to Rasputin's to get the best price for your used CD's), but do your shopping here first.

5
★★★★★

Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue has the greatest selection of music, the most knowledgeable staff, and the best prices. Every genre is well represented, vinyl and CD, new and used. Many music buffs and regulars haunt the aisles on a daily basis, to find out what has arrived since yesterday. Not the best place to sell back (go just down the street to Rasputin's to get the best price for your used CD's), but do your shopping here first.

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It's almost a case of "if Amoeba doesn't have it, it's because it doesn't exist." The genres of music offered is staggering - much more broad than any of the chain music shops. The big deals are in used music - be prepared to patiently click-click-click through the CD jewel cases in search of that ONE treasure that brings back special memories for you.

5
★★★★★

It's almost a case of "if Amoeba doesn't have it, it's because it doesn't exist." The genres of music offered is staggering - much more broad than any of the chain music shops. The big deals are in used music - be prepared to patiently click-click-click through the CD jewel cases in search of that ONE treasure that brings back special memories for you.

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This place definetly has a big selection of music to choose from. It ranges from Indie rock bands to underground rappers. This particular location is located in the heart of Telegraph, so it's dirty yet close to UCB. If you don't like homeless people I wouldn't recommend shopping here, because Telegraph does have a lot of homeless. The prices are about average, they aren't as cheap as amazon or target but a lot of their selection you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. This is the perfect place to find a hard to find CD or record. If you ever have time to kill in between classes you should check it out.

4
★★★★☆

This place definetly has a big selection of music to choose from. It ranges from Indie rock bands to underground rappers. This particular location is located in the heart of Telegraph, so it's dirty yet close to UCB. If you don't like homeless people I wouldn't recommend shopping here, because Telegraph does have a lot of homeless. The prices are about average, they aren't as cheap as amazon or target but a lot of their selection you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. This is the perfect place to find a hard to find CD or record. If you ever have time to kill in between classes you should check it out.

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Much like Rasputin Music, which is right next door, Amoeba carries a large selection of mainstream and non-mainstream music. The real deal here is their selection of used CDs, vinyl, DVDs, etc. Prices are very inexpensive. They carry selections from pretty much every music genre, so you're sure to find something you like. They also buy used stuff for fair prices, so they're a good option for making some cash on your old New Kids On The Block and Vanilla Ice CDs. Plus, they sell used cassette tapes, which are very hard to find today. Be sure to stop by on the weekends, too for live music in their store.

5
★★★★★

Much like Rasputin Music, which is right next door, Amoeba carries a large selection of mainstream and non-mainstream music. The real deal here is their selection of used CDs, vinyl, DVDs, etc. Prices are very inexpensive. They carry selections from pretty much every music genre, so you're sure to find something you like. They also buy used stuff for fair prices, so they're a good option for making some cash on your old New Kids On The Block and Vanilla Ice CDs. Plus, they sell used cassette tapes, which are very hard to find today. Be sure to stop by on the weekends, too for live music in their store.

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It doesn't matter if you are looking for a record album, a cd or a tape. A 70's hair band, a new age artist or Britney Spears, Amoeba music has it all. You should give yourself plenty of time to browse, becuase there is a LOT of music there! he staff is helpful, but you feel as if you have discovered treasure when you find that 80's pop band all by yourself!

4
★★★★☆

It doesn't matter if you are looking for a record album, a cd or a tape. A 70's hair band, a new age artist or Britney Spears, Amoeba music has it all. You should give yourself plenty of time to browse, becuase there is a LOT of music there! he staff is helpful, but you feel as if you have discovered treasure when you find that 80's pop band all by yourself!

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This record store is good because it has everything from used, new, or old. I buy some used CD there before and it turns out to be really good. It was totally worth it.

4
★★★★☆

This record store is good because it has everything from used, new, or old. I buy some used CD there before and it turns out to be really good. It was totally worth it.

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Amoeba is super cool because they have the most thorough plethora of random music for good prices. And, I was looking for Sex and the City Season 1 on vhs and they had it foe$11!!!!! Compared to our buddies up the street (not to mention any names because I like them too!) who had the exact same product listed for $35! Speaks for itself!
Amoeba rocks.

4
★★★★☆

Amoeba is super cool because they have the most thorough plethora of random music for good prices. And, I was looking for Sex and the City Season 1 on vhs and they had it foe$11!!!!! Compared to our buddies up the street (not to mention any names because I like them too!) who had the exact same product listed for $35! Speaks for itself!
Amoeba rocks.

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This store serves to compliment Rasputin's Records but it shines in its own way as a forerunner in bringing out new and rare releases at affordable prices not to be seen at Best Buy or Sam Goodie's. The selection here is tremendous as well though it should be noted they carry so many rare CDs, not just popular ones. The record store is always jampacked with customers throughout the day. Sometimes the workers there are lazy

PROS: Awesome selection, large size, rare cds
CONS: Lazy workers

5
★★★★★

This store serves to compliment Rasputin's Records but it shines in its own way as a forerunner in bringing out new and rare releases at affordable prices not to be seen at Best Buy or Sam Goodie's. The selection here is tremendous as well though it should be noted they carry so many rare CDs, not just popular ones. The record store is always jampacked with customers throughout the day. Sometimes the workers there are lazy

PROS: Awesome selection, large size, rare cds
CONS: Lazy workers

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This is the original location of Amoeba Records and their selection and prices simply canot be beat by any of the other record stores in the area. They have an amazing selection of all types of music in CD and LP format as well as a terrific selection of music (and some non-music) DVD's and videos. In my experience they pay the best buyback prices in the area for your used recordings. Be sure and chek out their bargain bins for some rare and unusual finds at rock-bottom prices. Also, watch for in-store performance by your favorite artists here and at their San Francisco location.

PROS: The San Francisco Bay Area's best record store.
CONS: If people don't quit downloading pirated stuff their days are numbered.

5
★★★★★

This is the original location of Amoeba Records and their selection and prices simply canot be beat by any of the other record stores in the area. They have an amazing selection of all types of music in CD and LP format as well as a terrific selection of music (and some non-music) DVD's and videos. In my experience they pay the best buyback prices in the area for your used recordings. Be sure and chek out their bargain bins for some rare and unusual finds at rock-bottom prices. Also, watch for in-store performance by your favorite artists here and at their San Francisco location.

PROS: The San Francisco Bay Area's best record store.
CONS: If people don't quit downloading pirated stuff their days are numbered.

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Amoeba is close to the holy grail of music stores. They have low prices and a great used, vinyl, and new collection. You can find plenty of obscure treasures here. The used collection is wonderful, most of the rare out of print cds can be find there. If are looking for a rare release, start here.

5
★★★★★

Amoeba is close to the holy grail of music stores. They have low prices and a great used, vinyl, and new collection. You can find plenty of obscure treasures here. The used collection is wonderful, most of the rare out of print cds can be find there. If are looking for a rare release, start here.

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If you're laid off and broke, chances are you have time to kill and no money to spare. Amoeba, by it's very nature, is a great place to just go and throw down your hard-earned cash on the best and most vast selection of music in any US music store. Unemployment begets creativity though and those dollar disc bins can really become your ally. Sure, 90% of what's to be found there consists of A Clay Aitken Christmas, but that remaining 10% are gems to be unearthed by the truly patient. Decent prices on used CDs too.

5
★★★★★

If you're laid off and broke, chances are you have time to kill and no money to spare. Amoeba, by it's very nature, is a great place to just go and throw down your hard-earned cash on the best and most vast selection of music in any US music store. Unemployment begets creativity though and those dollar disc bins can really become your ally. Sure, 90% of what's to be found there consists of A Clay Aitken Christmas, but that remaining 10% are gems to be unearthed by the truly patient. Decent prices on used CDs too.

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I actually perfer this one to the San Francisco Amoeba. Same harsh atmosphere, but also the same incredible selection. Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Country, Folk, Experimental, DVD's, Tons of vinyl and a great used section. Although this isn't as big as the San Francisco Amoeba (it's slightly less colassal) I find it's selection is less picked over. If you are a die hard record collector this is the place to be.

PROS: Massive selection. Hard to find gems.
CONS:

5
★★★★★

I actually perfer this one to the San Francisco Amoeba. Same harsh atmosphere, but also the same incredible selection. Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Country, Folk, Experimental, DVD's, Tons of vinyl and a great used section. Although this isn't as big as the San Francisco Amoeba (it's slightly less colassal) I find it's selection is less picked over. If you are a die hard record collector this is the place to be.

PROS: Massive selection. Hard to find gems.
CONS:

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At first, you may not want to go into this horribly lit, warehouse style, dingy looking record store - but you will not regret it. Amoeba has almost any album you could ever want , all filed in their rather eclectic filing system. They also pay good prices for used CDs and do trade-ins. Their discount bins often have gems, but be prepared to spend awhile hunting as they have hundreds and hundreds of discount CDs. Anything foreign has a very high price (like most music stores) and you would usually be better off buying from the label. But Amoeba offers competative deals on pretty much everyhing else.

PROS: huge selection
CONS: warehouse

5
★★★★★

At first, you may not want to go into this horribly lit, warehouse style, dingy looking record store - but you will not regret it. Amoeba has almost any album you could ever want , all filed in their rather eclectic filing system. They also pay good prices for used CDs and do trade-ins. Their discount bins often have gems, but be prepared to spend awhile hunting as they have hundreds and hundreds of discount CDs. Anything foreign has a very high price (like most music stores) and you would usually be better off buying from the label. But Amoeba offers competative deals on pretty much everyhing else.

PROS: huge selection
CONS: warehouse

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The staff is knowledgeable and seem to be everywhere. The store is huge and every genre is available. Collectable albums and other items are in abundance as well. New and used music in albums, cd's, and tapes. It is noisy and crowded but that just adds to the music store ambience.

5
★★★★★

The staff is knowledgeable and seem to be everywhere. The store is huge and every genre is available. Collectable albums and other items are in abundance as well. New and used music in albums, cd's, and tapes. It is noisy and crowded but that just adds to the music store ambience.

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This store has a awesome selection and variety. If you can't find what you are looking for in the 'new' section, then you can more than likely find it in the 'used' section. And above all the custome service is excellent.

5
★★★★★

This store has a awesome selection and variety. If you can't find what you are looking for in the 'new' section, then you can more than likely find it in the 'used' section. And above all the custome service is excellent.

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Amoeba is a great place to find the music you like, no matter your tastes. You'll find both obscure and mainsteam music here and the staff is very knowledgable and will surely be able to assist you.

One of the great things about Amoeba music is the selection of used CDs, which are available at cheap places. Someone once told me that you should judge a record store by the size of their used CD section, and by that standard Amoeba Music beats everyone else!

PROS: Staff, Selection, Used CDs
CONS: Parking (you'll end up walking a few or more blocks)

5
★★★★★

Amoeba is a great place to find the music you like, no matter your tastes. You'll find both obscure and mainsteam music here and the staff is very knowledgable and will surely be able to assist you.

One of the great things about Amoeba music is the selection of used CDs, which are available at cheap places. Someone once told me that you should judge a record store by the size of their used CD section, and by that standard Amoeba Music beats everyone else!

PROS: Staff, Selection, Used CDs
CONS: Parking (you'll end up walking a few or more blocks)

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great prices for cds. nice place. nice look. looks great inside. people are very helpful and nice. wasn't disappointed at purchases.will come back when i'm in town.

4
★★★★☆

great prices for cds. nice place. nice look. looks great inside. people are very helpful and nice. wasn't disappointed at purchases.will come back when i'm in town.

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This store is part of Berkeley History and has been around forever. It offers a large mix of music genres crowded into a small space. You can find alot of 2nd hand stuff and also many independent bands and artists. If you want an alternative experience to those big music store chains that look identical from town to the next all over the US then its worth a visit. You can even listen to tunes at listening stations and they dont mind putting a record or to on for you to decide on.

4
★★★★☆

This store is part of Berkeley History and has been around forever. It offers a large mix of music genres crowded into a small space. You can find alot of 2nd hand stuff and also many independent bands and artists. If you want an alternative experience to those big music store chains that look identical from town to the next all over the US then its worth a visit. You can even listen to tunes at listening stations and they dont mind putting a record or to on for you to decide on.

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i like this place. it has some good deals for top notch cds. the people who work here give you good service. overall this place is a really good cd store.

4
★★★★☆

i like this place. it has some good deals for top notch cds. the people who work here give you good service. overall this place is a really good cd store.

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In the heart of downtown Berkeley, here you can get your hard-to-find music. This place has a huge selection that rivals most large national chains. It actually beat the local Towers into bankruptcy! The cd's are cheap,and the used cd-buy rate is pretty decent.

4
★★★★☆

In the heart of downtown Berkeley, here you can get your hard-to-find music. This place has a huge selection that rivals most large national chains. It actually beat the local Towers into bankruptcy! The cd's are cheap,and the used cd-buy rate is pretty decent.

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Amoeba is a very cool place to hang out with friends. I live near this place and it's a great place to go and listen to shows and find good cd's. they're very cheaptoo.

5
★★★★★

Amoeba is a very cool place to hang out with friends. I live near this place and it's a great place to go and listen to shows and find good cd's. they're very cheaptoo.

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Amoeba is widely known for having almost any rare CD that you've been dying for. They have vintage music all the way till our age right now. All genres are sold here and they also have records for turntables.

The best thing about this place is sometimes they run open mic shows and have local or wide mainstream talent perform. This is a place to hangout and a place to look for good talent whether live or in a CD.

PROS: Great atmosphere, nice rare items, open-mic shows.
CONS: Parking.

5
★★★★★

Amoeba is widely known for having almost any rare CD that you've been dying for. They have vintage music all the way till our age right now. All genres are sold here and they also have records for turntables.

The best thing about this place is sometimes they run open mic shows and have local or wide mainstream talent perform. This is a place to hangout and a place to look for good talent whether live or in a CD.

PROS: Great atmosphere, nice rare items, open-mic shows.
CONS: Parking.

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This is a very unique establishment. There are a few locations through out the Bay Area. I like the Berkeley location the best. You can pretty much find any type of music at this Amoeba store. There is a huge selection of used records/cd/tapes too. And you can sell your used music here.

Next time you are in Berkeley, stroll down Telegraph Ave. and check this place out. Trust me, you will find your music here. There are hard to find artists, world music, old music, new music, and one hit wonder artists too. It's not your average (inserts chain-like music store here). The staff is knowlegable and they always have music playing over the loudspeaker for your enjoyment.

PROS: If you want music, look for it here.
CONS:

5
★★★★★

This is a very unique establishment. There are a few locations through out the Bay Area. I like the Berkeley location the best. You can pretty much find any type of music at this Amoeba store. There is a huge selection of used records/cd/tapes too. And you can sell your used music here.

Next time you are in Berkeley, stroll down Telegraph Ave. and check this place out. Trust me, you will find your music here. There are hard to find artists, world music, old music, new music, and one hit wonder artists too. It's not your average (inserts chain-like music store here). The staff is knowlegable and they always have music playing over the loudspeaker for your enjoyment.

PROS: If you want music, look for it here.
CONS:

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The only problem with Amoeba is that every record or cd I request--which other stores have regarded as esoteric enough to warrant my institutionalization--is all-too-sadly mundane at Amoeba. But no complaints. The selection can't be beat, and the staff manage not to condescent, though their musical knowledge must be aeons beyond those of mere Earthlings. If you only go to one store in Berkeley, this should be the one.

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★★★★★

The only problem with Amoeba is that every record or cd I request--which other stores have regarded as esoteric enough to warrant my institutionalization--is all-too-sadly mundane at Amoeba. But no complaints. The selection can't be beat, and the staff manage not to condescent, though their musical knowledge must be aeons beyond those of mere Earthlings. If you only go to one store in Berkeley, this should be the one.

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I have never found a more knowledgeable staff anywhere else. Ever heard something on the radio, loved it, but had no idea who was singing? Go to one of the staff members, explain what it sounded like, throw in a few lyrics and voila. They can always make great recommendations. I have always been steered in the right direction. Ive found music here that I couldnt find anywhere else. Take the stellar selection, knowledgeable staff and the fact that there's as many used CDs as there are new and you've got a musical smorgasbord at a bargain price. While away an afternoon browsing through the bins.

2
★★★★★

I have never found a more knowledgeable staff anywhere else. Ever heard something on the radio, loved it, but had no idea who was singing? Go to one of the staff members, explain what it sounded like, throw in a few lyrics and voila. They can always make great recommendations. I have always been steered in the right direction. Ive found music here that I couldnt find anywhere else. Take the stellar selection, knowledgeable staff and the fact that there's as many used CDs as there are new and you've got a musical smorgasbord at a bargain price. While away an afternoon browsing through the bins.

Pros: Fabulous Selection, Knowledgeable Staff, Good Prices

Cons: Crowded, Long Lines

 

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