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Amoeba Music

6400 W Sunset Blvd (at On Sunset Blvd between Ivar & Cahuenga Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400
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Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA
Amoeba Music - Los Angeles, CA


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My go-to spot for Vinyl, Movies, and most recently: Band T-shirts. Nothing beats Amoeba. My suggestion would be to just go in and experience Amoeba for yourself, I highly doubt...


Although Amoeba offers a worthy selection, I couldn't help but feel that I needed a shower after leaving the store. Dirty, unorganized, and filled with people, who were truly in n...

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Good selection, way too much attitude 5/23/2006

Amoeba L.A. is just as good as its Bay Area counterparts -- a good selection of CDs and vinyl and just as much attitude (tm) from the clerks. I find myself wondering if these people realize that they just have a retail job -- sure, it's fun working with music all day but lighten up! That being said, it is the largest and most comprehensive record store in L.A. Definitely worth a trip. more

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Amoeba Music 4/27/2006

What? You haven't heard the latest hip-hop album to come out of France? Okay, me either, so I headed up to my new favorite record store of all time, Amoeba Music, on Sunset. With everything in stock, from Britney Spears to Brit Pop, you will always find what you want, and my guess is, probably walk out with more than you planned on. If you can't find your favorite, for some reason, their amazing staff will immediately come to your rescue. The loudspeaker can often be heard asking for help on finding things-- "Japanese Techno-Bluegrass from the late '70s anybody got a clue??" The staff, sprinkled throughout the store, hard at work, really care about music, and they care even more that your experience with music is all it can be, whatever your tastes. Don't be intimidated by something you're not sure about and want to try, the vibe here is so non-pretentious and welcoming that you'll leave feeling cooler than you walked in, regardless of what's in your bright yellow shopping bag. Amoeba opened its first store in Berkeley in 1990, inspired by independent record stores of yesteryear. Now with huge additions in San Francisco and Hollywood, they maintain that small specialty store vibe despite the towering walls covered in vintage concert posters and old LP covers, the second floor of DVDs and soundtracks galore, and the friendly security bag check in front. Low on funds this month? Remember that 'NSync CD you bought to listen to in college before you went out for a night on the town? Yes, yes, treasured memories, but they're worth money, to someone out there, and you can sell them to Amoeba for cash, or a few dollars more of credit. They'll even take your old DVDs, LPs, and VHS tapes. Not sure what to do with that cash? Amoeba's helpful staff is once again to the rescue. They put out a self made paper 'zine of their favorite staff picks called "MUSIC WE LIKE" and it's free, so you've no excuse. They're also known for their free concerts held on the store's stage for those in the know, so for more details, directions and dish, head to the store immediately or check out their site. This is a definite treasure trove worth digging around in. Bring a protein bar, you might end up there all day... Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd Hollywood CA 323-245-6400 more

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Amoeba music store 3/28/2006

Music aficionados would always need a home, thus Amoeba Music was spawned. The sense of place claims a warehouse atmosphere, white and standard with the countless music posters and artwork on the wall that suggests a sense of colorful frenzy. There are many layers of rows of plastic: CDs, LPs, DVDs, Lasers, Videos, Tapes. Amoeba Music is an independent music chain in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood, California. It first opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley in 1990. The Southern California location was added in November 2001, the store opened a new branch in Hollywood, on Los Angeles' legendary Sunset Boulevard (at Cahuenga Boulevard.) (See article.) At the time of its opening, the store was planned to stock as many as 250,000 titles, which would place the store among the largest independent music stores in the world. According to Los Angeles Times writer Michael Hiltzik, the location "instantly became a Hollywood landmark." [1] The L.A. location, at 31,000 square feet, is, it claims, the world's largest indie store. What’s a bonus is that the stores are staffed by serious record freaks who are experts on everything in stock. A large portion of the stores' business is in used merchandise. Patrons of the store can sell their used music and movies to the store for half of the retail value in cash or 2/3 supposed retail value in store credit. This can be credited to the huge success in earnings despite the profit downfall in the music industry. The California chain (with stores in Berkeley, San Francisco and L.A.) makes up to sixty percent profit on used CDs, while commercial chains are stuck eking out a twenty percent markup on new CDs alone. "Big retailers can't keep business going on those margins," says Karen Pearson, co-owner of the L.A. store, "and the consumer gets cheated and pissed off." more

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The best music store in town 3/16/2006

This is the best music store in town, hands down. Parking is a bit of a pain, but once you get in, you can lose an hour (or two) of your life. There's a small but decently stocked dvd area upstairs also. And don't miss the jazz room. They have a very cool collection of posters, and my girlfriend has threatened on more than one occassion to clutter the house with them. more

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Amoeba Music 3/10/2006

If you love vinyl records and/or are looking for something different, you’re going to love Amoeba Music. This place has rock-bottom prices (you can probably find something for a dollar). It has also has a great selection of DVDs and CDs. I can spend hours browsing here. Staff is friendly and helpful! more

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Ecclectic music store 1/31/2006

I think that if music is important to you and you live close enough to it, you should visit an Amoeba music store. It differs from the other big music store chains in the sense that it has more "off the beaten path" music, as well as the better-known chart topping hits. more

Big selection of CDs and DVDs 12/26/2005

Probably the best record store in LA. Large selection of CDs and vinyls. You can sell your old CDs and DVDs for either cash or store credit. Some CDs are sorta on the pricey side like Dramarama's greatest hits CD was about $18.99 so I found it cheaper on Ebay. Lines usually look long, but it moves rather quickly. Their parking lot can be pretty full but you can park at the Arclight Cinemas and get your parking validated. more

the largest disc store i've ever seen! 12/13/2005

This store on sunset is a temple of music!! You can find about just ANYTHING that you were looking for from old to new CDs, vinyls, tapes. They also have like DVDs now. The prices are unbeatable!! I bought 2 box of DVDs and 3 CDs for under one hundred dollars!! You can also bring in your CDs and they will buy it back from you. So that's how they can keep their prices low. You can also listen to any CD with their scanning system, so I love it! more

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Amoeba isn't perfect, but it's valuable 11/30/2005

The best thing about Amoeba Music is that they have a huge selection of new and used CDs, records and DVDs, along with some vintage posters and other music collectibles. If you are looking for something relatively obscure, you have an even-money chance that they will have it. Their prices on new CDs aren't too bad, but I object to their used prices. Used CDs shouldn't cost more than $9, at least not in most cases. They have a good selection, but too much of their used inventory is overpriced. What's the sense in paying that kind of money? It's a good place to go if you have some idea of what you are looking for, but I seldom find those items there that I do at other stores more

Amoeba Music 9/23/2005

This is a very cool music store. They not only have a wide selection and decent prices, but their staff is very cool, and if they don't have something you're looking for, they will try to get it for you. The BEST thing about this place is they have live in-store performances on a regular basis. more

Place for Music Addicts 8/23/2005

The Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd is a paradise for audiophiles and record collectors . Used CDs? Vinyls? DVDs? Posters? Tapes? Movies? They've got them all! Can it get any better? Yes, the prices are reasonable. Everyone who has even a casual interest in music knows that Amoeba is the best. You need a bit of patience to shop this place, but you're pretty much guaranteed to find a deal on a cd that you've been wanting to add to your collection. And be bareful, you might lose yourself in there. more

Excellent Music Selection 8/21/2005

Amoeba is a superb independent record store with a huge, amazing selection of mainly used and some new CDs and vinyl. You can get lost in the volume of music here—and they have everything including a great classical section. This is the place to check for that hard-to-find album or CD you lost. Their prices tend to be very reasonable, although sometimes the vinyl can be a bit overpriced. more

a good music store 8/20/2005

A 2 level, warehouse-sized dreamland for music and movie junkies. Street parking is okay, but they have both an underground garage and a small parking lot. The lower level is dedicated to music both new and used, with CD's, and vinyl dominating over cassettes. A small stage at the rear of the front room host local and national acts on a regular basis. The upper level is dedicated to movies, with new and used DVD's, videotapes and soundtracks. The staff are very knowledgeable (colectively) with each person having their own specialties. The prices are very reasonable, the selections are both thorough and eclectic, and the potential for hearing and seeing things you've never encountered before is present in overabundance. more

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Music Lovers Dream 8/18/2005

Amoeba music was designed for music lovers of all ages. I go here mainly to restock my oldies but goodies but have also purchased many new releases as well. Everyone that works here is helpful and just about all the employees have assisted me are very knowledge on all types of music. The store is often crowded with the long lines but don’t worry they usually get you in and out within a few minutes. There prices for used records are reasonable and new releases are pretty much sold at the standard price for record stores more

Fantastic. 8/14/2005

I love this music store. They have an entire section of the warehouse-sized store filled with obscure and outdated CDS. Sounds kind of dumb, right? Wrong. Every CD in this section is $1.00! Awesome! If you’re a DJ and you’re looking for samples, ones that you think nobody will ever notice, check out this section. So cool. Everything else is reasonably priced as well. more

For all those music fanatics 8/14/2005

Amoeba Music has millions of cds, records and music from all over the world, they have music from Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Their genres range from hip-hop to rap to rock to pop and anything you can imagine. Their selection is huge and the price is cheap for used cds! I love going in there just to hang out and listen to the new music they have. I go here for all my music needs! more

Best Music Selection in the City of Los Angeles 8/14/2005

The best selection of music out there in the city located near Sunset. Right across the street from the Arclight. You will find every song and album you thought was impossible. They have a friendly staff that can help you seek what you desire. Vinyls records of value are hanging on the walls. Free parking underneath. CL more

You Will Find Everything Here! 8/11/2005

You will truly find everything here. I mean every movie, cd, record, even some tapes. You can buy things used or new and the prices are great. Amoeba started off in the bay area and if you're ever up there go to the one in Berkeley. Sometimes the line is really long so get ready to be there for awhile. Oh and you can't bring in shopping bags so you'll have to leave them behind the counter if you have them. more

A amazing place to find music and more. 8/10/2005

Amoeba is the perfect place to find any hard to find title. They have everything and anything that you're looking for. They have great free shows with bands. These bands aren't just small town bands. When a band comes to L.A. they'll play a FREE show at Amoeba. Stop here if you're looking for a great indy store with great prices. more

Amoeba rules! 8/9/2005

Amoeba is the best music store in Los Angeles! Huge selection on CDs, DVDs, and other music related products from around the globe. You can virtually find anything you want there, even stuff you cannot find on ebay. I have never left there empty handed. I love the jazz section in the back room. There are a few listenning booth behind the jazz section, I can always take some of the CDs and play them there. Well, i guess the best part about going to Amoeba besides the great slection of music products is every time we go there, we gotta drive down the beautiful sunset boulevard. more
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Owner Message

  • In November 2001 Amoeba Music opened its biggest store yet, on Sunset Boulevard in downtown Hollywood. Occupying an entire city block, this store houses the biggest, broadest, most diverse collection of music and movies ever seen on under one roof. Altogether, our 2 shopping floors and our Jazz room boast millions of titles on CD, DVD and vinyl, new and used, and our stock changes as fast as our customers bring in their old collections.

    We've been warmly welcomed by L.A.'s musical community, and the affection is mutual! Thousands of music lovers from all walks of life pass through our doors every day, and the main sales floor is a raucous, colorful non-stop party. It's the world's largest independent music store, and we think, one of the best. You've got to experience it firsthand!

    Our fun and experienced staff is an all-star team of musical veterans from music and movie stores all over the country. We have experts in every field and collectively, the musical knowledge we represent is encyclopedic and unparalleled. Our mission is to help you find what you need and to make you feel at home. For our local regular shoppers, we are a vital resource that's an important part of their lives. For music lovers visiting from far and near, it's like a holiday spree in a musical candy store. We are musicians, artists, DJs and writers, and we love to have a good time, which is what we want your shopping experience to be!. * Videos
    * Tapes
    * Posters
    * Lp's
    * CD's
    * Dvd's
    * 45's & 78's
    * Trade
    * Sell
    * Buy
    * Trade-Ins
    * Sales
    * Cash or Trade
    * Independent Record Store
    * Highest $$ Paid
    * World's Largest Independent Record Store
    * World's Largest


  • The Scene
    The sound of plastic CD cases knocking against each other can be deafening as people from all over town flip through the seemingly endless collection. Staffers are on hand to...

  • 10/18/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Saturday From 10:30 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central LA, Hollywood