Songza is a free music app for the web and for mobile devices that allows users to enjoy music just the way they love it. It’s a personal music player that learns what you like and gives you custom listening suggestions. The app takes all the work out of searching for music and creating playlists manually. When you use it, you get no audio advertisements, no listening limits and no streaming fees.
However, the Songza app was acquired by Google in 2014, and on January 31st, 2016, it was officially retired and taken offline. Their website Songza.com now redirects to Google Play Music on the web. Many of its iconic features were rolled into the Google Play Music app, which you can download and listen to for free on both iOS and Android devices.
In all, Songza app provided a great way to discover songs and listen to music without paying a dime. This is just a review article of Songza for the records.
Songza’s Concierge Features
What really differentiates Songza from other music streaming services like Spotify is it’s Concierge feature.
It sets up playlists for you based on the date, time and mood you might be in.
Although the Concierge detects the time and date for you, you can always head on over to the “Explore” tab to get more choices or make changes to what you want to listen to.
Browse through genres, activities, moods, decades, culture or use the record-store clerk to give you some quirky music suggestions!
Songza’s Playlists & Popular
When you listen to any playlist suggested by Songza, it’s automatically stored under your “My Playlists” tab so you can listen to it again later. You can add playlists to your “Favorites” section within the My Playlists tab and view what your friends are listening to on Songza. If a friend has signed up for Songza through Facebook, their activity will show under the “Friends” section under the My Playlists tab.
Under the “Popular” tab, you can check out a whole bunch of music playlists that are trending right now. Browse through what’s featured, trending and current with “All-time.” Songza gives you so many ways to discover new music and new playlists, it’s almost impossible to run out of music to listen to.
Expert Review of Songza
With over 2 million users since June 2012 and a retention rate of over 50%, Songza was definitely topping the chart.
Songza’s Concierge feature and ways to explore new music pretty much top every other music service out there.
Making playlists from scratch is time-consuming, but Songza takes care of that. It gives an option for the time of day and kind of mood one is in. It even takes the season into account or holidays.
Navigating the app takes some getting used to, but it’s nicely designed given how many features there are.
You can easily shift the player to the side so you can share what you’re listening to on Facebook, Twitter or by email. There’s also a small shopping cart icon that searches for the song on iTunes to see if it’s available there.
Songza is available for iPhone (compatible with iPod Touch and iPad), for Android and for the Kindle Fire.