Songza: Music for Now

There are an abundance of music apps for your iPad. You’ve got radio stations, music services, music tagging apps and let us not forget how your iPad can work as a fully functional iPod, too. The question is no longer, “How can I get my music on my iPad?” But is now, “What is the perfect music for this moment in time?” Songza has devoted its existence to the answer of this very question.

Songza is a music discovery service designed to play the perfect tune for whatever mood or activity you are doing. Think about Pandora and how it designs its stations based off of other artists and songs. Songza does the same thing, but bases its music off of activities such as “Relaxing at Home” or “Cooking.” Let’s find out more after the jump.

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What do I need to listen to Songza?

Songza is a free online service. One can literally go online to Songza.com and start listening to music. Songza ties into your Facebook account, but you can create your own free account as well. Like many music services, Songza has a free app for the iPad and iPhone. Simply download the app from the App Store, and you are ready to go.

Songza's interface is plain and simple with suggestions for common activities at any given time of the day.

Songza’s interface is plain and simple with suggestions for common activities at any given time of the day.

Listening to Songza

Once you’ve opened Songza and have signed in, the app automatically detects what time of the day it is. In this case, it’s Sunday evening — it then shows six panels of things that are commonly done during Sunday evening. Songza is pretty smart, all of the choices Songza has given me thus far have been spot on. Whenever I’m studying, I’ll tap that choice, or whenever I just want to relax, I’ll tap that and put on some acoustic guitar.

Songza's Now Playing screen is familiar and simple to use.

Songza’s Now Playing screen is familiar and simple to use.

Once you’ve chosen an activity, Songza gives you a couple options of some carefully picked stations. If I choose studying,I can choose Blockbuster Film Scores, Ambient or even Retro Instrumentals. After that, Songza displays a familiar looking Now Playing screen. A large album cover is displayed in the top right corner followed by the composer, name of the track, and album. Underneath that is a description of the current station/playlist. This includes some of the artists or composers and what the playlist is all about. You can change your status on FaceBook, post a tweet, email or purchase the current song playing at any time. Along the bottom of the screen are your play/pause, skip and volume buttons. A thumbs up and down button is also included. If you are connected to an AirPlay compatible device, Songza can stream straight to it.

Exploration!

Along the side of Songza’s Now Playing interface is a navigation bar. From here you can start over with the Concierge, or head over to the Popular section to see what other Songza users are listening to. Here, you can see what’s trending or what the all-time top playlists are.

Below the Popular section is the My Playlists section. This screen will show you all of your recently playing playlists. If you star or Favorite a playlist, it will appear here.

Songza has a plethora of ways to explore its massive library.

Songza has a plethora of ways to explore its massive library.

Believe it or not, there is an Explore section. This is a music lover’s playground. Find music through Genre, Activity, Mood, Decade, Culture or something called the Recordstore Clerk. The Clerk has options such as “Beatlemania,” and “Dance Music That’s Not Assaultive” or “Indie Music That’s Not Too Weird” — things that we’ve all thought of but haven’t had a way to search for.

A search option is right below the Exploration section. Here, you can search through Songza’s massive library for an artist or a specific playlist. Sonza is designed to be extremely simple, making it really easy to get in, find a playlist and fade into the background as you listen to the perfect music of the moment.

Songza even has a Sleep Timer which you can set anywhere from 15 to 120 minutes in length.

Performance and Design

Songza is extremely fast and powerful. Never have I ever had it skip or stop playing, and I have a pretty standard internet connection speed. Songza’s uniform grey and blue color scheme is pleasing on the eye and easily identifiable. Battery life has been pretty consistent with other music streaming apps such as Spotify and Pandora.

Songza works great in both portrait and landscape orientations.

Songza works great in both portrait and landscape orientations.

Songza just feels like it has been designed for everyone. It feels personable and reliable. There are a few iAds that pop up on the bottom of the screen from time to time, but can be removed at any time. The app can run in either portrait or landscape mode and looks like it fits in both. The icons found in Songza’s music suggestions are very “street sign” oriented and even have a bit of humor in their design.

In Conclusion

Songza is an amazing service that works extremely well. The Songza team has put hours upon hours into finding the best music for the moment at hand. The app is flawless, especially for a free service. Everything from the latest hits to movie scores can be found; there is music here for everyone. Try it out sometime, you might find out that Songza could replace your favorite music-listening service — or it could add to your collection.


Summary

A free music service app designed to find the perfect music for any mood or moment.

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  • Dougie Rydal

    I use this alot, and am surprised at the apparant lack of interest from the iOS community in general.

    I realise it is different to the Spotify’s etc of this world, but for free it’s a great app to discover new music and rediscover old classics.

    Couldn’t praise it enough, and definately agree with your 10/10 rating.

  • http://ranajay.net Ranajay

    I love this app! I only wish there were an option to see a list of the songs that I’ve liked (and not just the favourite playlist).

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