Good news for those who like music on-the-go, Ford had just added a new heavy hitter to its AppLink platform, and this time it comes from none other than MOG. The streaming service boasts a catalog of 15 million tracks, which is available to mobile devices for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99. With the Ford SYNC integration, users may access this vast library either through voice commands or in-dash controls, and as another nice touch, one's music queue will automatically resume from wherever they left off. Voice commands include "artist only" and "similar artists," along with "downloads" for situations when you aren't able to stream and "shuffle favorites." Finally, users may also create presets based on what's currently playing, simply by pressing and holding one of the in-dash preset buttons. This availability is solely for iOS users, but if you'd like to learn more, check the full PR after the break.
Ford Enables Industry's First In-Car Voice Control of MOG Smartphone App via SYNC AppLink
DEARBORN, Mich. & BERKELEY, Calif., June 6, 2012 – Ford and MOG today announced Ford drivers can now enjoy MOG's award-winning, on-demand music service at their request using HYPERLINK "http://media.ford.com/images/10031/SYNC_AppLink_Fact_Sheet.pdf"SYNC AppLink and the power of their voice.
SYNC® AppLink™ gives music lovers access to MOG's vast catalog of more than 15 million songs in the car. Ford drivers simply need to launch the MOG app on their USB-connected iPhone and MOG will immediately become an available option. Once selected, the listener's MOG play queue will instantly begin playing so users can pick up listening wherever they left off.
MOG can be controlled with voice commands and in-dash controls, allowing drivers to easily personalize their listening experience in a range of 2012 model Ford Motor Company vehicles. Ford drivers will have immediate access to their favorite songs and downloads via the AppLink interface along with access to custom radio channels that can be easily "tuned" by using the traditional tune knob on the in-dash interface.
"MOG continues to focus on delivering the best music experience for drivers," says Drew Denbo, senior vice president of Business Development for MOG. "We are thrilled to launch MOG on the Ford AppLink platform, giving Ford's huge number of customers access to more than 15 million songs on-demand and customized radio through their car stereo systems."
"MOG offers a great mobile app experience, and now – using SYNC AppLink – we've enhanced it even further for in-car use by adding voice command and control," says John Ellis, global technologist for Ford Connected Services. "And, thanks to the 320 kilo bits per second streaming quality unique to MOG, users will still get the high audio resolution they expect when listening to their favorite music."
The MOG iPhone app enables the following capabilities through SYNC AppLink:
On-demand MOG radio: MOG offers the best music discovery engine that provides unlimited, ad-free listening of true "artist only" radio, or a full mix of "similar artists." Simply use the tune knob to control the radio mix and voice command to turn radio on or off.
Shuffle "favorites" and "downloads": Instant access to stored "favorites" and "downloads" by saying "Shuffle favorites" or "Shuffle downloads" at the voice prompt.
Program radio station presets: If you love what's playing and want more, simply press and hold one of the radio preset buttons on the dashboard to assign it so it's easy to come back and access your favorite artist station.
Playlist listening: Create the perfect driving playlist (and then some) on your desktop before hitting the open road. By saying "List playlists," you'll have complete access to all of your personal mixes.
Favorite on the fly: With one click or using the voice command, "Add to favorites," drivers can save songs to their MOG "favorites" list, giving listeners the ability to add songs to their collection while in the car.
Storage: MOG allows users to store music from MOG on their mobile devices, enabling access to favorite titles even when a data connection is not available. Simply use voice commands such as "Shuffle downloads" to instantly play downloads from your device.
Curated content: If you want to hear the hottest tunes according to Billboard's Top 50 Charts, just say "Top songs" for instant access.
The MOG app for SYNC AppLink is available on a range of 2012 model Ford vehicles including Fiesta, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, E-Series, Mustang and Expedition.
To enable the MOG on-demand service in the vehicle, Ford customers need to become MOG subscribers and can sign up for a $9.99 plan by visiting HYPERLINK "http://mog.com/Ford" mog.com/FORD. Additional information and getting started guides are available at HYPERLINK "http://www.ford.com/syncmyride/" syncmyride.com.