Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody for Bollywood Music

I now have at-least 6 different devices that are used to play music, so I think its high time to look seriously at streaming music services.

I tried Spotify, Rdio, MOG and Rhapsody. All of them seem to have good audio quality, and a pretty solid music catalog for western music. 

My requirements are simple:

Must have:
  • Good Bollywood music catalog
  • Share accounts, so that both me and my wife can listen to music at work
  • Android, iPhone, PC support
Nice to have:
  • Offline playback
  • Upload songs already owned by me

SpotifyMOGRdioRhapsody
Bollywood CatalogYesYesLackingLacking
Shared AccountNoYesDidn't CheckDidn't Check
Android, iPhone, PCYesYesDidn't CheckDidn't Check

To test the bollywood catalog, I used following combination of  music:
SpotifyMOGRdioRhapsody
Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara (2011)YesYesNoNo
Delhi Belly (2011)NoNoNoNo
Sangam (1964)YesYesYesYes
Purani jeans (Song)YesYesYesYes
Patiala house (2010)YesYesYesYes
Double Dhamaal (2011)YesYesNoNo

Based on my requirements, MOG is a clear winner. It has (almost) the full bollywood catalog. I also like some of its other features:
  • MOG Radio
  • Public playlists
  • No desktop download required 
  • Available on a wide variety of devices, like Sonos, Roku, etc.
Its UI is a bit strangely designed, but should fine once I get used to it :)

    Go MOGging :)