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MOG streaming music service's April 15th shutdown is delayed! And other good news
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
04:16:34 GMT

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Here's some news related to MOG*, my current favorite streaming music service. The MOG Q&A section of Beats Music's support site was recently updated with some great news!

This page says:

"The initial April 15 date we set for shutting down the MOG service has been extended for the time being to give us time to add and complete the features we think will ensure the smoothest, easiest transition from MOG to Beats Music as possible."

And also says:

"We will still offer all MOG subscribers a one-month free trial of Beats Music once we establish an end-date for MOG."

So, happily, MOG users will at least get to keep MOG for longer than we thought.


The next best Beats Music*-related news I heard of lately is - Beats Music released an API for developers.

An article about that from CNET.com:

Beats Music opens up, making its API public


Here's a link to the Beats Music developer site:

https://developer.beatsmusic.com/


I've felt a little tempted to subscribe to Beats Music early - even while Beats Music is still half-baked and scarcely able to compete with MOG or various other services - just so as to be able to play around with the Beats Music API, and perhaps build my own Roku app to replace the MOG Roku app no one will be able to use anymore whenever MOG is finally shut down.

But, I'm probably going to wait instead, and perhaps play with Rdio's API or Spotify's API for a while, if I can without subscribing.

Actually, I'm probably not even going to play with any music service API - I'm too preoccupied with other things. But if I do, of course I'd like to design my music software in such a way that I could easily use it with whatever service I prefer.

And, like all of my other software (except all I haven't released yet), I would make it libre and open source.


Those two pieces of news - MOG's shutdown being postponed; and the Beats API - both greatly increase my optimism that Beats Music might someday become the best streaming music service available - even though they definitely have a lot of work to do to get there.

But, I think releasing an API and postponing MOG's shutdown were some really smart moves, so that gives me hope. :-)


One last thing. A couple weeks ago, I finally found out that MOG has a a Playlists section, which features not only MOG users' public playlists, but also a lot of playlists built by famous musicians.

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