For those unfamiliar with MOG, you may like to know MOG was founded in 2005 by the brainchild behind Gracenote. It boasts more than 12 million songs, has investment relationships with major recording labels and has won numerous awards for the technology behind the service.
MOG offers users a variety of features, including: Access to 12 million songs in 320 kbps format, artist-only radio stations, create and share playlists, editors suggest albums every week, mobile access everywhere you go and share music with friends, family and other subscribers .
Before offering a free version of its services, you could purchase one of several paid plans that allowed you access to MOG’s database. The different plans also allowed access through mobile devices and Blu Ray players. Now that MOG offers a free version of its already established service, consumers can see exactly why MOG is considered one of the best streaming music services available on the Internet.
How to get started with MOG
The first step to getting started with MOG for free is to visit their website. From there, click on “Login with Facebook.” For the time being, unless you pay for a subscription, you have to login with a Facebook account.
You want to use your Facebook e-mail address and password, then click “Log In.”
Now, you want to read over what MOG needs from you when logging into Facebook. If you agree, click on “Log In and Add to Facebook.”
Finally, click “Allow” to give MOG access to your Facebook data and get started with the music service.
You are now logged into the MOG music player. MOG’s free version runs on the concept of a gas tank. The bar under the FreePlay is your gas tank. As you run out of gas, you run out of music to listen to. You can earn more gas to keep listening to music. Click on “Earn Music.”
You can earn music by exploring MOG and everything it has to offer. Let us start by clicking on “Invite Friends.”
A window or tab will open depending on your browser, from there you can either e-mail friends about MOG or even Like them on Facebook.
Now, go back to the MOG Player. If you click on “Explore Mog,” it will take you back to the main windows as well.
In the top right hand corner of the MOG Player, you will see your name.
If you click on the drop down menu, you can access the settings. Click “Settings.”
This will open a new window or tab, and you can tinker with the settings for MOG.
You can change the settings ranging from your name, e-mail address, e-mail notifications and more. Go through each step of the settings and customize your MOG account to your liking.
Head back to the MOG Player window.
The quickest way to start listening to music with the MOG Player is to use the search box at the top right hand corner of your screen.
Simply enter in an artists. As you begin typing, MOG will automatically start searching for matches.
The results can be sorted by artists, albums and tracks. You can then click on a result and head to the artist page to find the songs you are looking for.
You can either click on an album or song to begin playing it. If you click on an album, click on “Play Album” to get started.
The album will begin playing automatically. You can control the play, pause and volume controls from the top left of the MOG Player.
In the center of the top of the screen, you will see the current artist, track name and album playing. You can move forward or back from the bar below the artist name. You can also link to the song, tweet about it or share it on Facebook from here.
Below that you will see the tracklisting for the album, you can listen to the songs in order or skip through depending on your mood.
Right below that, you will see the MOG Radio. If you begin to move the circle along the bar, you will be given similar artists to who you are currently listening to. This can be a great way to find new music close to what you enjoy.
On the left hand side of the MOG Player, at any time, you can see what new releases are happening on the site along with Editors’ Picks of what you should be listening to.
Also on the left hand side, you can create playlists. Simply click “Create New Playlist” to get started.
Type in the name of your playlist, then click “Enter.”
Depending on what you start doing around the site, you may earn free music. When this first happens, a pop-up will appear to let you know.
In order to add tracks to your playlist, you just drag and drop them while playing them into the playlist you want them to reside in.
These are just the basics to getting started with the MOG Player. As you begin playing around with the site, you will get more comfortable with finding music and getting the most out of the MOG experience.
How to get more from MOG
MOG currently offers three types of services: FreePlay, Basic and Primo. We have already gone over what you get for FreePlay, so let us take a look at Basic and Primo MOG accounts now.
The Basic MOG account costs $4.99 a month and offers the following:
The Primo MOG account costs $9.99 a month and offers the following:
Depending on how much you enjoy MOG’s services, you may be interested in upgrading your account. You can do so at anytime simply by clicking the “Upgrade” link under your gas tank.
Pros of using MOG:
- Access to more than 12 million songs
- Easy to use browser-based music player
- Search feature is instant and quickly gives results
Cons of using MOG:
- Can only sign up using Facebook
- Only available in the US
- Browser-based player can be spotty depending on Internet connection
- Incentives to earn free music can be bothersome
How does MOG stack up against Spotify and other online music services?
MOG offers a service that competes and stacks up against Spotify and many other online music services. If you are using Spotify, iTunes or another service to get your music, you may want to take the time to check out MOG. MOG’s technology and innovation is what makes it stand apart from the rest. MOG Player is easy to use, quick to get started with and may just be the online streaming music player of your dream. If you give MOG a try, let us know what you think of it and if you think it is time to say goodbye to the other ways you get your music.