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Mog Android app update w/Facebook integration

According to an e-mail from them, Mog has released an update to their Android app that includes full Facebook integration as well as various bug fixes and so on.  If you do NOT want your Facebook friends to constantly see what you’re listening to you’d better check this out carefully!

I’ve just downloaded it and will let you know if there are any major changes of note.

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Rhapsody and Facebook

Unlike MOG and rdio, which will be offering a non-time-limited free tier of service as part of their Facebook integration, Rhapsody will offer a 30 day free trial that includes all functionality, including mobile apps, for that time period. 

While less flexible in the long term, this does let someone fully sample all features, includfing cell phone music access and downloading, during the 30 days.  Of course the downside is that after those 30 days you’re left paying for the service.  (And, if you want more than one mobile device that payment is $15/month rather than the $10/month of their competitors.)

I’m a little worried that Rhapsody still sees itself as being worth a premium in price compared to Spotify, MOG, and rdio. While they do have some solid features (best browsing of new releases by genre and a larger catalog of music - at least in the US), they don’t justify that extra cost.  

They may also find that in the long term anyone interested in Facebook integration will gravitate to the other services with a free offering that their friends who don’t want to pay money can use indefinitely.

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Details on how Spotify will integrate w/Facebook

This article has a more detailed description of exactly how the Spotify/Facebook integration will work. 

Interesting point: you’ll be able to click on a song in Facebook and stay in Facebook while Spotify fires up in the background to play the song.

I remain skeptical of the usefulness of this for me because:

  1. I don’t want my friends to see a running list of EVERYTHING I listen to, I want to choose which songs to share.
  2. My music tastes don’t overlap much with my Facebook friends so the usefulness may also be limited. (But, this probably isn’t true of MOST people.)

In any case it’ll be fun to try out once it’s fully functional.

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Spotify now has 400,000 US subscribers

According to this article on FT Tech Hub Spotify is now saying they have over 2 million subscribers in total, 400,000 of which are in the US.  That would make them 1/2 the size of Rhapsody, but they’ve reached that size after only a couple months of availability.

The upcoming tighter integration with Facebook will be interesting to watch in order to see how many new subscribers might then join.  However other music services like Rhapsody, Mog, rdio, and more will all be piling on the Facebook wagon too.  

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Rhapsody site updates

This ZDNet article describes some updates Rhapsody has made to their web site to go along with the added social features all the music services seem to be doing as part of their upcoming integration with Facebook.

One interesting feature will be ‘My Radio’ which will be a playlist comprised of the last 150 songs you’ve listened to.

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