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Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza 45

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from the all-manowar-all-the-time dept.
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is expanding its online music services through acquisition. From the article: Songza focuses on playlists curated by music experts that are designed for specific activities or occasions and then suggested to specific listeners based on seven points of context: day of week, time of day, the device used being used, weather, location, what the particular listener has done before with the service considering those previous five points, and then what all other Songza listeners have done before given the first five context points.
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Google Acquires Curated Music Service Songza

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  • What is Songza?
    • Re:What? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Joe Gillian (3683399) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @11:44AM (#47369113)

      From the article, it's apparently an online radio service, similar to Pandora or Spotify, except instead of using machine-based algorithms to determine what you might like, it uses lists made by "music experts" based on criteria you give it. I hadn't heard of it before the article, but I might take a look when I get home from work.

      • Same, it sounds like it could be pretty neat. Though I wonder what they consider to be a "music expert."
        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          by Anonymous Coward

          That kid in the back of the class with his headphones on.

        • I'd imagine it's one of those people on any given popular music torrent site that do things like make absurdly large vinyl rips (I've seen vinyl rips in FLAC where each track is upwards of 350MB) using specific hardware that no one's ever heard of and complain about CDs because they were pressed using the Japanese method instead of the German one.

        • I actually gave it a try at lunch on my tablet. The home screen on the site told me that it was Wednesday afternoon and gave me five suggestions, the first of which was essentially a "Top 40" list. I'm not into Top 40, so I tried the second one, which was I think "Energetic Songs". It gave me I think five playlist suggestions, two of which were "Twerk at Work" and some other thing related to twerking. The others were pop dance songs.

          I wound up trying "Popular Indie", and getting a Jay Z song (apparently A-l

      • by Nexzus (673421)

        I'll add, of the three: Pandora, Spotify and Songza, only Songza is [easily] available in Canada.

      • It's a pretty decent thing...although Spotify basically already has this. There are various "mood" based playlist options (like "Girls Night" "Lazy Chill Afternoon" "Indie Workout") as well as the ability to subscribe to other people's playlists (and there, you know who made it rather than "crafted by a songza expert"...e.g. you can listen to the Napster founder's playlists). Plus, you get the full power of spotify...so if you find a song on there that you like, you can directly add it to a playlist or go
      • From the article, it's apparently an online radio service, similar to Pandora or Spotify, except for the fact that it works in Canada.

        There, FIFW. Google had better not break the one service we can reliably use up here without jumping through proxy hoops, or a bunch of us'll be pissed. I'm preparing the maple syrup cannons, just in case, eh?

    • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

      by BForrester (946915) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @12:03PM (#47369285)

      What is Songza?

      I don't know how popular it is as a browser-based service, but it's a very popular mobile app. Particularly when linked through home media systems, it allows a user to very quickly jump to a playlist based on a desired genre, activity, or mood.

      Activities examples:

      BBQ
      Breaking Up
      Driving in the Left Lane
      Gaming
      Getting High
      Making Out
      Unwinding after work

    • by Anonymous Coward

      What is Songza?

      A soon to be ruined music system which will be augmented to give Google more of your data, extend their advertising business, and be one more step into the evolution of Google as the evil empire it's been trying to become for years now.

      Whatever it is, the fact that Google is buying it means it will be pretty much destroyed as it is now.

      And, they'll be updating the EULA/ToS to make sure they own your data in perpetuity and anything evil and asshole-ish their lawyers can think of.

  • by SigmundFloyd (994648) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @01:02PM (#47369819)

    We're Google: Give us every detail of your life for a song.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    'Google Songza' is certainly catchier than 'Google Play Music All Access'.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) on Wednesday July 02, 2014 @01:46PM (#47370295)

    I dumped all other music providers about a year ago and now use Songza, particularly since it's mostly ad-free (and easy to download the streams). However, I've noticed that Songza's suggestions also seem to be location-based: when I'm at home in the sticks, I see a lot of country music suggestions, but when I'm in my office in the city, I mostly see rap and R&B suggestions.

  • by ArtFart (578813)
    Just another opportunity for the Pigopolists to try to tell me what I'm supposed to like. Screw 'em.

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