While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a celebrated shopping destination for music aficionados visiting the West Coast for more than two decades, a place that shines light on small artists and labels and gives fledgling releases an audience and, in many cases, much craved sales they might not attain in big box stores. A large part of Amoeba's charm is the thousands of used records that are traded in and given a chance at a second life in their used bins. But their latest moves have left some music lovers and industry professionals scratching their heads.
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