MOG

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Cloud-based site has plenty of tunes, some privacy concerns.

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Positive Messages
Violence

Users can access certain types of music on the site, such as gangster rap, that mentions (or glorifies) violence.

Sex

Songs with sexual content (for example: 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny") are fully accessible.

Language

Albums that contain adult content are denoted with a parental advisory warning, listed in parenthesis after the album title.

Consumerism

To get the free 14-day trial, you have to first choose a subscription plan(and enter credit card info). Songs also include a "buy" option; click on it and you're taken to iTunes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some songs mention drugs/drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the site lets you sign up by entering a username and password or by just connecting through your Facebook profile. The site offers two paid memberships: a $4.99 computer-only or $9.99 iPhone, iPod, iTouch or Android-friendly monthly plan. You'll need to sign up for something to access any of the music on the site--including the free trial, which you can't start until you've entered your credit card info.

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Is it any good?

Users can access MOG's 11 million songs via iPhone and Android apps, on the MOG site and through streaming entertainment devices. Band pages contain impressive info: a bio, album list, photos and more. You can save a song to a playlist, buy it on iTunes or just listen to it.

The navigation can be a bit cumbersome. Bands like Jefferson Airplane have more than 10 pages of songs to click through, and listening to them requires a player opening up in a separate window. Parents may also cringe at how public site profiles are; and user playlists are showcased on the site also, so strangers can easily connect.

Still, the site makes it simple to find great new music (or old tunes you love)--for a price. It's a bit irksome that you have to enter auto renewable credit card info to start the free 14-day trial and do anything on the site; however, without a paid membership, there isn't much to do on MOG.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why posting a public profile on a Web site could be dangerous. What kind of information would you not want strangers to know about you?

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  • When you're looking at other users' profiles or playlists, what kind of things should you be watching out for? How do you know if it's a good idea to befriend another user--is it ever safe?

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  • You can access dozens of types of music on the site--and in many songs, it's clear the artist is expressing feelings through the performance. What kind of music do you like? Are there any songs on the site you've heard that express someone's feelings in a positive, healthy way?

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Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love music

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