Songza Review

Stream Free Music Based on Your Mood, Activity, and More

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Note: Songza was acquired by Google in 2014 and has been merged with Google Play Music since January 31, 2016.

Songza is a free music streaming website that lets you listen to playlists based on your mood, an activity you're doing, a genre, an artist, or a decade.

The songs are pre-built into the playlists, and you can get started immediately without having to create a user account.

There's also a free app for mobile devices that you can download to get all the same features you'll find on the desktop site.

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More About Songza

Songza works from your web browser on a computer, as well as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Amazon, Windows desktop, and Chromecast devices.

Pros

  • Minimal and easy to use interface
  • App and website are nearly identical
  • No user account is required
  • All the music is completely free to listen to

Cons

  • Works only in the US and Canada
  • A song skip limit is imposed

Following is more information on Songza:

  • Playlists can be found by activities, such as Dancing, Daydreaming, Breaking Up, Falling in Love, Getting Cozy, Working Out, Cooking, Family Time, Boosting Your Energy, Barbecuing, Drinking, and more
  • You can also browse by genre, like Jazz, World, Punk, Holiday, Children's Music, Blues, Metal, Pop, Christian & Gospel, Alternative/Indie, Oldies, and others
  • Songza lets you find music by moods and decades, too, like Fancy, Sexy, Trippy, Cheesy, Dark, Angry, Calm, Aggressive, Spacey, '20s-'40s, 1970s, 2000s, Today, 1950s, and '70s Party
  • Custom playlists can also be built by searching for an artist
  • The Songza app has a sleep timer to stop playing music after 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes
  • The Concierge feature suggests a mood for you based on the time of day, such as "Keeping Calm & Mellow" or "Working to a Beat" for a Monday afternoon, for example
  • Songs can be purchased through iTunes both in a web browser and on the mobile app
  • You can view recent playlists and recently played songs in the playlist you're listening to, as well as favorite the playlists to access them again in the future
  • Clock View is an option in the Songza app that shows you the time and date against a black screen so you can listen to music while also having the app serve as a clock
  • Every song you give a "thumbs up" to will be saved together and accessible on the website and app, where you can purchase them
  • A list of recent playlists are shown so you can easily start listening to them again
  • Playlists can be shared from the browser version of Songza over Facebook and Twitter, as well as through email using the mobile app
  • You can logon to Songza with your email address, Facebook, or Google account
  • Playlists can be suggested by going to the Manage Playlist section of the website and building your own

My Thoughts on Songza

There are lots of free websites and mobile apps that can stream music to you at no cost, but Songza is the best one for delivering songs that sync up with how you're feeling or what you're doing.

Whether you're sad, happy, exercising, laying around, working, or cooking, Songza can give you music that fits those activities and moods.

It's the best service I've used for such reasons, and it's all so simple that you can start listening in just a few moments with no prior knowledge to how the website or app works.

I was able to find a playlist that has music with no lyrics that are meant for listening during work, which is an awesome set of songs that will do little to distract you. I've used no other music app or website that offered such specific sets of music.

The only thing I don't like about Songza is that you can't skip over an unlimited number of songs. It's not clear when this limit is reset, but it's a common feature with music apps and websites. I think this is entirely acceptable, though, given that you aren't charged to listen to any of the music.

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