2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (415) 549-1125
Phone: (510) 549-1126
Phone: (510) 549-1307
Primary Phone: (510) 549-1307
Fax: (510) 549-1307
Amoeba Music Inc
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
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This place is just great. They have got a great selection of new and used music, movies, and more. You can spend hours here just looking through all of the rare items they have. They play music loud and it can be difficult to find someone to help you, but the selection they have overcomes any negatives.
I have about 20,000 CDs. No, I'm not kidding. I have several hundred vinyl albums and 12"ers. This sounds like a lot. But, add to that the fact that in 1997 I sold my entire collection. Which, at that time was a mammoth beast. In ten years I've not only recollected all I got rid of but turned my home into a CD annex in the process. And this is Amoeba Music's fault. I lam walking distance from this behemoth of a record shop. And it is a behemoth. It managed to eat every other record shop in town. Put Aaron's, Vinyl F_tish and many others out of business. Really quite sad that this happened, but we are all to blame. We all started going to Amoeba. Now, I love the place but I have to say enough already with your prices higher than eBay. Enough with your silly OUT OF PRINT stickers. Quiet already, we know. That is why we are there. One CD I recently bought required the removal of about six stickers (price tag, import, oop and promo only). That last one, 'promo only' ain't used much no more as they've taken to adhering gray 'previously played' stickers over promo information to save themselves getting in trouble by the labels. I once overheard an owner at Rockaway comment, 'Amoeba should just back their trucks up to the loading docks at Warner Bros.' I loved that. They were selling so many illegal items I think they were fined and threatened with legal action. Well sadly we're the losers. As I used to get great items at Amoeba. But now, not so much. I come armed to spend hundreds but often leave without anything. I think they need to chill on the stickers, find a way to sell the rare stuff again, and my word COME DOWN IN YOUR PRICES already. People ain't buying the stuff.
05/21/2002Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/13/2002Provided by Citysearch -
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.