The end of MOG: Squeezebox alternatives.

Posted by trig on May 9, 2014

After a couple of reprieves, it seems almost certain now that MOG, an online music-on-demand service, will stop streaming on 15th May. MOG was acquired by Beats Music in 2012, and since then the future of MOG has been in doubt. The Beats Music service was launched in January 2014, and since then the closure of MOG has been inevitable, although the predicted date of death has moved a few times.

MOG is a music-on-demand service, providing subscribers with access to millions of audio tracks for around $US10 per month. Some people used MOG as one of their primary listening sources. Others used it mainly for exploration of new music or to broaden their musical horizons. Or to cater to the varying tastes of visitors to the home. Opinions differ, but for many people MOG's 320 kbps CBR MP3 streams were quite adequate for casual listening, for music discovery, or for playing back through non-state-of-the-art equipment.

Why mention this on the easysqueezebox website? Well, MOG was one of a small number of m-o-d services that worked on Squeezebox. By enabling the MOG app on the squeezebox server, MOG music could be streamed to every squeeze player in the system, including software players. The demise of MOG leaves Squeezebox users with one fewer choice.

How about Beats Music itself? Whatever the pros and cons of the service, it has one big negative for Squeezebox users: no Squeezebox app. One would have thought it would have been worth a little effort to change the name of the MOG app and make it work with the Beats Music servers, but Beats is heavily focused on the mobile world.

One day, Beats might get round to offering their music via Squeezebox (but they all say that). However don't hold your breath, because if a potential acquisition by Apple goes ahead, the probability of Beats appearing on Squeezebox reduces from slender to negligible.

So for those of us still enthusiastic about the Squeezebox eco-system, what are our music-on-demand options? (In addition, of course, to our own music libraries.) Rather thin. Anyway, here's the list of all the m-o-d services we know about that have Squeezebox apps, to give you somewhere to start in your search for alternatives. (Note, this list contains only music-on-demand services - not services that are simply Internet radio or even Custom Internet radio, like and This information is probably correct as at May 2014, but some information is inconsistent, and details may change at any time.

In alphabetical order:

  • Mostly classical, plus some jazz, blues, world, folk, film. Around 750,000 tracks. Streams in 128 or 192 kbps MP3 and WMA. Presumably the Squeezebox app uses MP3. Subscription $US12 per month includes unlimited streaming plus two Editors Choice album downloads each month. Definitely available in the UK and USA, but other locations aren't specified.
  • Deezer. > 30 million tracks, across all genres, but not all are available in all countries. Streams are advertised at 320 kbps MP3. Deezer is available in an impressive 200 countries, but you're out of luck if you live in China, Cuba, Iran, Japan, North Korea, USA. Three plan levels: Free (advertising), €4.99, €9.99. The top of the range Premium+ subscription is needed to use Squeezebox. (Deezer instructions.)
  • Live Music Archive. This is the Audio section of A mixed bag of MP3 recordings of live music concerts, community audio, Netlabels ... of widely varying content and quality, but free, and can be interesting. Probably available everywhere there's reasonably unrestricted Internet access.
  • Rhapsody + Napster. > 30 million tracks, various genres. For Squeezebox, Rhapsody streams AAC at 128 to 192 kbps. Since AAC is significantly more efficient than MP3, this might be equivalent to at least 256 kbps MP3, depending on the content. Available in 32 countries across Europe and the Americas, some countries under the Napster brand name. Rhapsody now has just one plan, unlimited streaming, offline listening too, $9.99 or euro 9.95/month. Subscription includes home audio use e.g. Squeezebox.
  • Spotify. > 30 million tracks, but not all are available in all countries. Spotify streams in various formats and rates, depending on the device. We suspect that streaming to Squeezebox is at 320 kbps Ogg Vorbis. Note that Ogg is a more modern and more efficient format than MP3, so the quality (via Squeezebox) is likely to be at least as good as MOG. Available in over 50 countries. (For Squeezebox use, you need a Premium account. If your squeeze device or software player doesn't work using the standard Logitech Spotify plug-in, then disable the Logitech plug-in and try the newer third-party plug-in from Triode which might solve your problem. Also when you configure Spotify on squeezebox, you will need a device userID which is a numerical code, different from your regular Spotify login.)

To enable any of these services on your Squeezebox:

  • Register or subscribe to the service.
  • In your Squeezebox server web interface go to Settings >Plugins and make sure the appropriate plug-in is enabled.
  • Then visit, login, go to the App Gallery tab, select and install the required app. Click configure to set up your account credentials. 
  • Refresh the apps page in your Squeezebox server. The new app will then appear as an option on your Squeezebox server and on all your connected squeeze devices. Easy!