The Music (Ministry) Business

OK, with a blog called Music (Ministry) Business you’re not quite sure the type of “record company” this is right? No real way they may be a genuine label that symptoms Christian performers the normal way. Uh, yeah, you’d be right. I’ll even go farther than that and say we’re only a nice logo artists can put on their CDs, and a website they can send visitors to provide them with some legitimacy. Um, and we help them Following the record also, to find promotional answers, build their web, public, and marketing systems, and generally walk with them to help them reach the goals they have. So, sure, you could say we’re not a real “label”. Although, I thought that’s what a label was said to be to begin with?

Through a variety of machinations, including long-term contracts and the physical placement of processing plants (think football, before free company), rooster growers now routinely have market of only 1 processor to sell to. Chicken growers own their land, buildings, and equipment, and every one of the debt and risk that go with them, but these entrepreneurs have no real control over their financial lives. Growers buy their give food to and chicks off their poultry processor, for example, and processors often require growers to make new purchases in buildings and equipment. The processors, Mr. Lynn seems to suggest, have something superior to mere capital: the economic power to determine how others use theirs.

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It’s not merely poultry growers who face constrained markets, Mr. Lynn creates. It’s even hit beer. The 1,750 U.S. microbrewers may appear to operate in a competitive environment, but they almost all sell through two vendors: ABI and MillerCoors control 90% of the distribution market. For publication publishers, the relevant market isn’t visitors (direct sales are few), but booksellers, and Amazon has firm control of bookselling’s online future as it works to undermine bookselling’s remaining brick-and-mortar infrastructure. Amazon controls every growing section of the industry: online physical books, downloadable audio books, online used books, and e-books.

Amazon instructions about 75% of the online market for printing books, and 60% of the e-book market (a percentage that reduced from Amazon’s reported 90% two years ago, as a result of agency pricing). He explained that Amazon was once a “wonderful customer with whom to do business.” As Jeff Bezos’s company became more powerful, however, it changed. “The relevant question is, do you wear your power lightly?

… Mr. Bezos has not. “Amazon bully is a,” he said, his tone of voice rising, his cheeks flushing. “Anyone who gets that powerful can force people around, and Amazon pushes people around. Neither man allowed me to use his name. Amazon, they clarified, had long since accumulated sufficient influence over their business to ensure that even these most dedicated defenders of the book – and of the First Amendment – dare not speak openly of the company’s predations.

At the time, Amazon and Macmillan were scrapping over which company would established the price for Macmillan’s e-books. 9.99 or less. This scorched-earth strategy, which assured that Amazon lost money on lots of the e-books it sold, was designed to cement the web retailer’s dominance in the nascent market. In addition, it experienced the result of persuading customers that this discounted price deeply, which publishers considered low ruinously, was the “natural” one for an e-book.