1. MOG Founder Sues Beats For More Than $20 Million (Report)

    May 16, 2014 9:37 AM EDT David Hyman, the founder of streaming music service MOG, has sued Beats Electronics for more than $20 million, claiming that Beats fired him to avoid giving him an equity payout, according to a report from Courthouse News Service . News of the s ...

  2. Business Matters: The Beats Era Begins at Mog -- Can Iovine and Company Recreate Their Headphone Success?

    November 21, 2012 5:58 PM EST Six months after Mog was acquired by Beats Electronics, founder and CEO David Hyman's departure marks the beginning of the Beats era of the music-subscription service. Several sources tell Billboard.biz that Hyman was "never expected to ...

  3. David Hyman Steps Down as Mog CEO

    November 21, 2012 8:31 AM EST In a surprise move, Mog founder David Hyman stepped down as CEO of the company yesterday, just months after selling it to Beats Electronics. The news was first reported in CNET and confirmed by a Beats rep and by Hyman via a Facebook post. "E ...

  4. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  5. HTC's Beats by Dre in MOG Acquisition Talks

    March 20, 2012 9:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Upscale headphone maker Beats by Dr. Dre is in talks to buy subscription music service MOG, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday. Beats' owner, Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC, is looking to create a music offering that combines its mob ...

  6. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  7. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  8. Backbeat: MIDEM Pulse Check: Attendance Is (Reportedly) Up, But Conference Is Scaled Down

    January 30, 2012 11:53 AM EST Two major concerts during MIDEM had attendees sprawled out across Cannes: Sony's showcase featured the Ting Tings (above) and 2ManyDJs while Music Dealers hosted You Say France & I Whistle and Black Pearl. (Photo: MIDEM) For many MIDEM at ...

  9. Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

    November 19, 2011 6:24 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 18: SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business from Island Def Jam John Vanhala, CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese, VP of Digital Products at EMI Music Group Neil Tinegate, Founder of Muzine Jim Cannella and Founder of ...

  10. This Week in Music: Mog CEO David Hyman on Facebook Integration, Why Streaming Is the Way to Go

    November 14, 2011 2:38 PM EST The newest episode of "This Week in Music" features Mog founder and CEO David Hyman in an interview shot live at New Noise Santa Barbara. Hyman discussed the evolution of Mog into a free, web-based music streaming service which has becom ...

  11. MOG Adds Free Music Tier

    September 14, 2011 5:22 PM EDT The cat's now out of the bag that MOG tomorrow will unveil a new, ad-supported free music tier to its otherwise paid subscription service, called FreePlay. And while the service will get plenty of reviews over its usability and speculation on ...

  12. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  13. MOG to Add Free Tier to Subscription Service

    April 26, 2011 6:51 PM EDT Music subscription service MOG plans to get into the freemium business, CEO David Hyman said Tuesday during a panel at the Rethink Music conference in Boston. Writing at Evolver.fm , Eliot Van Buskirk explained that MOG will be "revamped" ...

  14. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  15. MOG's Hyman to Imeem's Caldwell: You're Wrong

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is launching a new digital music service an exercise in futility or a shot at great opportunity? Depends who you talk to. Earlier this week Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell made headlines with a speech to the Y Combinator Startup School saying that l ...

  16. @SXSW: 3 Questions With MOG CEO David Hyman

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Next to a blue, custom-built MOG truck covered with pieces of nautical rope - which can be seen around Austin during SXSW - Billboard.biz caught up with company CEO David Hyman about the company's upcoming iPhone and Android music subscriptio ...

  17. @SXSW: MOG Showcases iPhone, Google Android Apps

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in Q2 will be MOG's apps for the iPhone and Google Android platform, which were debuted at SXSW today. The apps take an excellent product -- the MOG online service -- and put it in an easy-to-use, feature-rich mobile version. CEO David ...

  18. MOG Vs. Spotify

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The UK is getting a first taste of MOG through a hyped “MOG vs. Spotify” matchup. MOG hopes to launch in the UK by June. CEO David Hyman explained to The Guardian his company’s advantage over Spotify: “Where ad-funded services like Spotify end up ...

  19. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

  20. Music Social Network MOG Closes New Round Of Funding

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music social network MOG closed a $5 million investment round, led by Menlo Ventures, bringing the company's total funding to $12.5 million. CEO David Hyman hinted that the new cash infusion will be used to expand the site to a more robust mu ...

  21. Billboard.biz Q&A: MOG CEO David Hyman

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music social network MOG relaunched today to become, in the words of founder and CEO David Hyman, the "Huffington Post of the music business." But the new look is just the first step in what Hyman says will be a much broader music servic ...

  22. MOG Social Network Adds Lyrics To Service

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network MOG has added lyrics to its service through a deal with Gracenote. CEO David Hyman announced the development on the company's blog . The implementation of the lyrics page is much like that of other music services ...