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Mark Mulligan: Spotify pushes prices up, but do not expect dramatic effects

by Mark Mulligan

This guest column from Mark Mulligan notes that Spotify is raising the price of some Premium subscriptions … and argues it is past time. The basic single-person subscription of $9.99 remains in place, but Mulligan anticipates that level will move upward, and needs to. “The fact that streaming pricing has remained locked at $9.99 since the early 2000s is an open wound for streaming,” Mulligan asserts.

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Mark Mulligan: The music business in 2021 – Joining the dots

by Mark Mulligan

This masterful write-up summarizes several important announcements which were clustered into a single week. There are three connecting threads: 1. The (continued) astronomic rise of the independent artist; 2. The growth of creator tools; 3. Streaming’s growing pains. A must-read from a global leader in digital audio industry analysis.
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In streaming music, “tectonic” shift toward direct artists and non-Merlin indie labels — the “new independent”

Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research published research showing a long tail of music providers which is gradually taking Spotify listening share from major labels and the mighty Merlin aggregate of indie labels. This cohort of providers, growing over three years, represents a “new independent.” Click through for a revealing graphic.
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Music on YouTube: Supply those pipes! (MIDiA Research)

Head of MIDiA Research Mark Mulligan has published an article about maximizing YouTube music chanels. Titled “How YouTube can be a music industry growth driver,” the piece asserts that non-Anglo music channels on YT operate differently from their Anglo counterparts, and are finding success. Click through for an illuminating chart and a link to the analysis. Continue Reading