Posts tagged mog
Posts tagged mog
For this to work in the face of stiff competition from Mog, Spotify, Rhapsody, and rdio it must:
If this just comes out for Xbox and Winphones it may be very good, but it will remain a niche product.
Follow the link for initial details from Digital Trends.
Forbes has a very MOG-complimentary article. While there’s lots I really like about MOG (like their flexible and powerful “artist radio” feature), I wouldn’t go this far.
My biggest concern is the stability and features of their android client. It still doesn’t have some very basic features like the ability to add/remove songs from playlists (I mean c’mon, what’s up with that omission?!?!), and I run into many more issues just using basic play/fast forward functions than when using any of its rivals.
Having said that, MOG the company has a fun attitude, the web client manages to be minimalist yet fairly powerful, and the mobile applications sound quality (when set to high quality streaming) is second to none.
I keep hoping they’ll eventually add the basics of playlist management to the Android client, and squash a few more bugs. If they do that, then I’d be more comfortable saying the same thing this article does.
I’ve always thought Echo Nest-powered playlist generation was the best around. It was used in the late lamented Thumbplay, and Mog uses it to power their excellent “radio” feature.
Spotify has smartly chosen to use it for the latest revamp of their own “Radio” feature, and I think it’s a great move. (And bad news for Mog, although Mog’s implementation still seems a bit more flexible.)
The title pretty much says it all. Click the link to view the original article on The Verge for additional info.
It looks like Facebook integration is greatly helping MOG. Some interesting stats in the article from VentureBeat:
There are several excellent choices for music subscription services in the US (and to a lesser extent in other countries as well.) All cost about the same, offer similar features, and finding out which one is best for you can be a challenge.
Spotify’s entrance into the US market has made this somewhat easier by forcing most of the other services to offer a more robust no-cost service level to match the options it offers. But it can still be difficult to make an informed decision because these free levels don’t always offer all that each service has in terms of features.
This is the first of two articles that will provide an overview of the weaknesses (this article) and then the strengths (the second article) for each of the major subscription services available in the US. These will be fairly quick bullet-point lists, and can be elaborated upon in the comments (if any).
Slacker: library size
rdio: library size
Napster: it’s going away
Rhapsody: cost / playlist generation
Spotify: Mobile app feature set
Mog: Limited Feature Sets (both desktop and mobile)
Now that we’ve reviewed the most important deficiencies in each service, keep an eye out for the next post (coming in a few days) that’ll outline what is best about each of them. The good news is that all of these services are surprisingly good, and in each case the good definitely outweighs the bad. The bad news is it makes deciding between them more difficult, but that’s a good problem to have!
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.
Owners of more recent Samsung “Smart” TVs (as well as some blu-ray players) should see MOG showing up soon as an option. That’ll be a handy way to use the service, especially if your TV’s audio is being routed through a nice sound system already!
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.
Mog has posted an entry on their blog formally announcing their integration with Facebook. No particularly interesting details, but you can check it out by following the title link above.