Rumor says on-demand service MOG acquired by Beats Audio

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:10am

The San Francisco Chronicle today says, according to a "single source" (which it says categories it as a rumor), audio technology company Beats Audio (partly owned by mobile device manufacturer HTC) has acquired on-demand music service MOG.

News first broke last month that MOG was discussing various exit options with potential buyers (RAIN coverage here). Beats Audio, which makes the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, but also audio processing for music, was reportedly close to launching an online music subscription service of its own in February.

Here's the Chronicle's coverage.

Data driving new Billboard "On-Demand" chart will be included in Hot 100

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

Billboard has created the "On-Demand Songs" chart, based on song plays on subscription online music services. Data from the chart is now included in Billboard's Hot 100.

The weekly chart will rank songs based on "every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels" available from MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker and Spotify (data from Zune and Sony Music Unlimited is planned to be included in the coming weeks). This includes streams as well as tethered downloads, as heard by paying subscribers and free users alike.

Billboards' Hot 100 will now include the streaming data from the new On-Demand Songs chart, plus non-interactive plays from Rhapsody and Slacker. (This is in addition to terrestrial radio plays, digital track sales, plays on video request service Akoo, and audio from on-demand streams from MySpace and Guvera, Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays.)

Nielsen BDS, which collects and processes the streaming data for the chart, says it's tallied more than 4.5. billion audio streams so far this year, including an all-time weekly high of more than 625 million in the past week. The updated Hot 100 and the new On-Demand Songs chart debut tomorrow on and, and in the next issue of Billboard magazine, available Friday. The On-Demand Songs chart will also be featured each week on

Read more from here.

CNet: On-demand music service Mog "struggling," looking for a buyer

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:35am

MOGCNet reported yesterday that on-demand music streaming service Mog is struggling and for sale.

"Mog's representatives have contacted a varying range of companies about potential interest, according to numerous sources in the digital-music sector," writes Greg Sandoval in CNet.

Mog CEO David Hyman disputed the report to Reuters, saying the company is not struggling and that "we're not actively trying to sell this business."

Though the company -- founded in 2005 -- is not yet profitable, Hyman revealed Mog has more than 500,000 active users (though he did not say how many were paying subscribers). He points to the new integration with Facebook as a new source of growth: Mog attracts nearly 5,000 new users a day.

You can find CNet's report here and Reuters' coverage here.

New York Times test drives MOG's BMW integration

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:00am

MOG's BMW interface"If you know how to tune in a radio station in a BMW," writes the New York Times' Gadgetwise blog, "you can use MOG." Though the music service offers on-demand capabitlies, reviewer Sam Grobart found himself tuning in to MOG's radio streams and playlists more often while driving. 

"MOG’s interactivity with BMW and Mini dashboards is an elegant, simple way to get more music you want to hear in the car. I had a blast hearing songs I hadn’t thought about in years."

You can find the full review here.

Logitech adds MOG to Squeezebox home music players

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 11:00am

Squeezebox TouchOn-demand music service MOG is now available on Logitech's Squeezebox home music players (like the Squeezebox Touch, pictured).

Squeezebox already supports Pandora, Spotify, Napster,, SiriusXM and other services.

You can find the companies' press release here.

Barnes & Noble out Nook Tablet with Pandora, MOG, Rhapsody, Grooveshark

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:00pm

Nook TabletTo compete with Amazon's recently-announced Kindle Fire tablet, Barnes & Noble today unveiled the Nook Tablet. The device features a 7" color touchscreen plus apps from Pandora, MOG, Rhapsody, Grooveshark, Netflix and Hulu. It arrives next week for $250.

Engadget has more coverage here and here.

(Pandora is actually no stranger to Nooks. It's offered on the Nook Color and can be hacked onto the original black-and-white Nook eReader.)

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