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Miami tops Amazon's music sales rankings

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The heart of rock 'n' roll may be in Cleveland, but Miami, Fla., residents have purchased more music per capita from Amazon.com Inc. than any other major U.S. city in the last year, the online retail giant said Tuesday.

Pulling together sales of MP3s, CDs and vinyl records, the Seattle company said Miami also has remarkably diverse music tastes.

Miami customers bought more Latin, dance and heavy metal music than any other city. It also topped sales rankings for children's music.  

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Pittsburgh customers bought more rock music than any other city, and ranked No. 2 overall. No. 3-ranking Orlando, Fla., the epicenter of the 1990s boy-band boom, had the most pop purchases per customer. 

Salt Lake City and St. Louis rounded out the top five overall in Amazon's first-ever ranking. 

The only California city in the top 20 was Berkeley at No. 16, which accounted for more jazz sales than anywhere else. Los Angeles did not rank in the top 20. 

Amazon's list is based on a per-capita assessment of sales in of the 100 most heavily populated cities between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013.

Here's the top 20 list:

  1. Miami
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Orlando, Fla.
  4. Salt Lake City
  5. St. Louis
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Seattle
  8. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  9. Richmond, Va.
  10. Atlanta
  11. Cambridge, Mass.
  12. Columbia, S.C.
  13. Knoxville, Tenn.
  14. Dayton, Ohio
  15. Rochester, N.Y.
  16. Berkeley
  17. Vancouver, Wash.
  18. Alexandria, Va.
  19. Portland, Ore.
  20. Bellevue, Wash.

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