The MOG Mobile Music app has arrived for iPhone and iPod touch. The app is free to download from the App Store and includes a special three-day free trial. Thereafter, the service costs $9.99/month.
Subscribers can stream any of the music provided and download whatever songs they want to their device. There are no limits to how many songs can be downloaded. The service claims eight million songs and 700,000 albums.
The biggest drawback, however is that iPhone and iPod touch subscribers will have to wait for an iOS4 update in order to listen to music while using other applications. This is expected in the coming weeks. However, unlike Pandora, MOG users can select the specific songs and albums they want to play or download. I found this a huge plus compared to Pandora, which requires users to create “stations” of music that may or may not include songs you want to hear.
MOG Mobile features include:
- Unlimited downloads: Subscribers can download any song or album directly to their phone and continue to listen to music even when out of cell or Wi-Fi range.
- On-demand streaming: Unlimited listening to any artist, album, or song at any time.
- MOG Radio: Only MOG offers the patent-pending “MOG Mobius” music discovery engine, which enables users to control the mix of similar artists, from true “artist only” radio up to a full mix of similar artists.
- Playlist access between website and mobile: Make playlists on MOG.com and access them on your phone. Favorite tracks that are bookmarked from the web are then integrated into a user’s personal library and appear in favorites on the mobile app.
- High quality audio: Songs can be downloaded at the standard rate of 64 kbps or users can turn on HQ downloads (up to 320 kbps) to save the song as a larger file with higher audio quality. This gives listeners the option of receiving high quality downloads for maximum audio fidelity.
After using the service (as part of a three-day trial) for a few hours, I will say that it exceeded my expectations. All the albums and songs I wanted to listen to were there and the sound of the music was amazing. Once the MOG Mobile Music app supports multi-tasking, all will be golden!