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Someone took the Big Idea that I was passionate about. Now what? (wikipedia.org)
6 points by Prrometheus on June 5, 2007 | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

You could probably still do it. These guys aren't so far along that they're unbeatable. Just look for a chink in their armor. What's missing or broken in the way they're doing it?

Amie Street isn't perfect. It's a beautiful idea, but it didn't work for me the first couple of times I've visited (I use Linux, so I pretty much expect websites to not work, if they do anything fancy...I just move on). This post caused me to check it out again, and the player does work now. Hooray!

Executing better is still a possibility. Niche-focused versions would also be a possibility. Most of the top ten on the front page suck. I've been a happy subscriber for years with eMusic and it's focused on indie music (I guess Amie also has a focus on indie, since no one else is taking part in this model right now, though the number 1 song at Amie right now is atrocious "soul" pop).

That's funny - I thought this was my blog post. I covered the same question a week ago -


Someone already thought of MP3 players before the iPod and search engines before Google. Someone else in the market should be encouraging, not discouraging.

If they are doing it REALLY REALLY well, you have lots of options (which are laid out pretty well on that gobignetwork post).

There is no good reason to distribute digital media by physical means. Record labels are useless relics of an dying era.

If you built a site similar to this, only didn't use a pop-up music player, I would probably use it.

Including demand based pricing?

Demand-based pricing is a totally novel (and interesting) idea that is uniquely Amie St.

They're still small, right? Join 'em.

Go get them.

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