Review: Moga Rebel iOS gaming controller for Apple’s iPhone & iPad. This looks like it might be a nice gift for a kid or even someone who has an iPad and plays games.
If you have been reading you know that I have tried MOG (bought out by Beats), Beats, and now I am using Rdio. Beats continued to have problems and lots of annoying issues. I won’t list their problems here, but frankly it wasn’t worth it. I manually moved over my music to Rdio and I love it. The pricing is the same at $10, but it does so many things that Beats didn’t do. It also has some very nice surprises and features that I hadn’t seen on a music streaming service before.
1. I did a random search for a Neil Diamond song “Love on the Rocks” and it showed a video of that song in the window. What a nice touch that was.
2. It shows a very nice layout of music and graphics. It is more intutive and has a great design. Easier for people to learn.
3. It has real suggestions of new music, instead of the lame beats suggestion of just suggesting albums you have in your library. What were they thinking?
Anyway, go try Rdio and see what you think if Beats isn’t doing it for you.
Update: I’ve been using it and the music search/suggestions are excellent. Also the chart I had earlier was wrong. They don’t have 192 Bit streaming, but 256 bit streaming. It sounds just as good as beats/MOG to me. Also the customer service responds faster, and responds. Beats customer service failed to respond to me the last time I emailed them. They have songs that Beats didn’t have. I am really excited to see how its streaming reliability is walking around.
Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-Being | Pew Research Centerâ€™s Social & Demographic Trends Project. This is amazing to me. If you have a student debt you only have $8,700 in wealth. Doesn’t it seem crazy that we don’t invest in education as a nation and put people in a dangerous situation to get it? One accident and a person getting an education could be ruined for life.
Update: Ignore what I said below. Rdio is a better service.
I received an email yesterday saying that my online music service Mog was going away and going to be replaced with BeatsMusic.
The Pros – Most of my music was transferred within 24 hours. So that was nice. Two albums were not, one which was parental guidance and one which was not. I was able to find the album with PG, but the second one was not available from that artist. Not a big deal. I like the album but nothing is perfect. The app is more responsive on iPhone than Mog was when you interact with it.
Update: I sent an email to customer support for the missing album. Their advertising said that their library was “built on” the Mog library which doesn’t seem to be the case. To be fair, other music services haven’t had all the albums I’ve wished to listen to. If its not possible I will accept it, but the impression is misleading.
Update 2: It might take six weeks to get the missing album. More importantly is that I just realized I am missing a playlist that contains at least 50 individual songs. I sent an email to support about it. Waiting for the update.
The Cons – The interface is not intuitive. For example, I created a playlist but I can’t seem to delete it. Their FAQ didn’t solve it, and the first level support was useless. They said they would escalate the issue. I don’t think that they have updated their instructions because it isn’t matching what I am seeing in the iPhone app. The design is very web page centric, and I liked the design of the older mog service more. Also the webplayer is not as good as Mog, but the selections it is choosing are interesting. I had to comb through more music on Mog to find albums I liked, but there is still 90% that is filler. I have given it information on a couple dozen albums/artists so perhaps in time it will get smarter.
Update: It turns out that the instructions were not clear. It was not available on the webpage, but only through the app. This is something that Mog had. The way to do it on the iPhone is not intuitive and awkward but possible.
I’ll give this a month and see if it grows on me. If it doesn’t, I may just go back to evaluating online music services. I still like Grooveshark, but their lack of iPhone app is irritating. It is dangerous to try to adjust the iPhone in traffic when picking up my friend in his car and I can’t accept that risk. I’m not crazy about the backers of the project either, so I might disconnect just because of being forced to move off mog.
I have been researching and I found this very helpful article with a great chart. You should visit this page. It breaks down like this:
So I have to immediately throw out Spotify for its offline storage limit. I have to throw out Slacker/Rdio for its low audio quality. Google play gets the boot for its anti-competitive practices. I just tried listening to Slacker and it sounded terrible. How can people accept that?
Rara is another music streaming service like Slacker, Spotify, iTunes Radio in which you can’t select music to play on-demand. To me, that puts it in the not interested category. Rhapsody/Deezer I have already tested and found them to be lacking. Avoid.
Update: Ignore what I said below. Rdio is a much better service. Read my updated report here.
I tried Spotify and Rdio just now and they are great if you want Facebook integration. I do not want that, and I didn’t like how Spotify required a download. Isn’t the point that you can log into a webpage like gmail and not have to download a separate program?
I tried to signup for Deezer but it is a user unfriendly site. It appears that you need to have a facebook account or a private account already.
Rhapsody asked me to sign up for a 14 day trial period and also wanted my credit card. I don’t think so. Too many sites get broken into for me to feel comfortable giving a number out for a service I’m not sold on. So I am testing MOG now and I like it. It has a nice interface and I am seeing if the music I’ve found on Grooveshark is also available there.
Something that I just realized is that Grooveshark doesn’t have a native iOS app. If you have jailbroken your device, or wish to use a webpage then it can work with problems. This is really only an issue if you are driving and need hands free control. MOG does have a highly regarded iOS app that is native. Perhaps its time to change to MOG. I like the fact that it had a Saint-Saens album that Grooveshark did not.
There are curious gaps in the music catalog of MOG that Grooveshark has. Still there seems to be more music at MOG than Grooveshark. Also Grooveshark has ongoing legal problems so that is something else to consider. Grooveshark has more obscure music, but MOG has a better interface and the sounds sound better and clearer.
Bottom line: MOG or Grooveshark seem to be the best for selection, privacy, cost.
P.S. The below songs are not on MOG but Grooveshark has. Like I said above, MOG has songs that Grooveshark does not, so for now MOG seems to be the best choice.
Album Nahoo by Paul Mousey one example of that is the song Passing away
Song Tinseltown to Boogiedown by Mos Def
Song And you and I by Yes (group)
Album Open Sky by Iona
Album Oxapello by The Blenders
Song Ode to the Brain & Children of Africa by Symphony of Science (They
have an album by the same name)
Song 99 Somma im Kiez by Nena (yes the 99 luftballons remix)
Song Someday & Cry for Love by Michael W. Smith
Song Run this town in D minor by Mashup (various artists)
Somebody Rock me by the Clash & the Killers mashup
Song Fat Cat Sat Hat Sesame Street (classic)
Song Every car you chase Snow Patrol vs. the Police mashup
Song Thriller by Jamiraquoi and Micheal Jackson mashup
Silent Running by Mike and the Mechanics (you do have a cover band of this
Song Let it by me by Beatles and Shaggy mashup
Safari Web Content abusing my resources…: Apple Support Communities. I noticed this as well in the past. Safari doesn’t seem to be at the level of polish that Google Chrome is. Chrome has issues occasionally like last year it caused crashes, but generally it works well.
Things change. I am now using Safari since Chrome seems to have problems with a music streaming service called MOG. MOG is clearly superior to its competitors for me, so moving to Safari makes it stable. I have already informed them, and they are working on fixing the problem.