Mog is a premium music service that lets you pay $10 a month to stream an unlimited number of songs to your computer and your mobile devices. The service will even let you download entire albums to your phone and save them. Ustream is a service which allows you to view live video streams – or stream a show of your own with just a few mouse clicks. The two companies do very different things, but they have one very important thing in common as of today: both will be automatically bundled onto 4G Verizon Android devices.
MOG will also be featured in Verizon’s V CAST app store, and users will be able to sign up for MOG accounts using Verizon carrier billing. By utilizing carrier billing, the companies are betting that more people will want to sign up for the service, since they won’t have to whip out their credit cards yet again. Additionally, having it bundled on the phone automatically will help make sure people use it… what better way is there to test out just how good that 4G connection really is than by downloading an entire music album with it?
The Ustream application will let you both broadcast and view live video streams. There will be integrated chat and social network integration for posting your videos to Facebook and Twitter. This will mean more exposure than ever for Ustream, a move that the company hopes will gain them more users. In a world of tough competition with other streaming applications, Ustream needs every advantage they can get. Making it simple to use on every Verizon 4G Android device is a great way to get a leg up on other similar services.
What are your thoughts? If you are a potential customer, are you happy to see these applications being included on your device without your asking for them?
We’ve waited for what seems like forever, but MOG is finally available! Subscribers will receive unlimited access to the MOG library of more than eight million tunes. These can be streamed or downloaded over 3G or WiFi access points. Access will cost you $9.99 per month. You can try it for free, though, for three days when you download the app. You won’t need to enter your credit card information during the trial period, unless you wish to upgrade to the full subscription service.
The mobile app for the iPod, iPhone and Android devices gives you the same functionality and features as their desktop service does. However, they take it one step further: you can store as many songs or albums as you want to your phone’s memory for offline access! MOG makes it easy to get the music you want to hear onto your devices. When you find something you like you can either stream it by tapping the song title or download it to the phone manually. Next to every song is a tiny downward-pointing arrow. Tap that arrow and MOG will start downloading your song in the background. The only restriction placed on how much you can download is how much your phone can hold!
It’s pretty easy to find your way around inside of the MOG app. The first thing you should check out is the search function. There are normal options such as filtering by song or artist. There’s also an option for playlists, which lets you search through the playlists set up by others in the large community of MOG fanatics. This points back to helping you to discover new music you may not have otherwise ever found.
Last – but absolutely not least – you can use MOG to create a radio station of your own, much like you can with Pandora. Tell MOG what artists you want to hear, and use the sliding scale to tell the app whether to play songs ONLY from that person or group… or to add in things from similar ones.
Are you using MOG yet? What are your thoughts on the service and the app?