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App Review: Songza Rocks Out Mood Music

Songza, a music app available for iPhones, Android, and the Kindle Fire, provides every kind of music you could possibly listen to, while helping the listener locate the perfect music to capture their moment, activity or mood.

Oh, did I mention that it is free?!

We’ve all been there – trying to find the best song or musical genre to fill our musical needs at that very moment. We endlessly swivel through our iPod or search the library of music downloaded onto our laptops. Maybe you’re even more “old school”, flipping through that old vinyl collection. We can’t seem to find that song that will fill our musical soul.

Songza has that covered. It provides a simple and easy-to-use dashboard that knows the day of the week and time of the day. It asks you what activity you will be doing while you listen to music, and provides six that are the most likely for that time of day.

Maybe its Tuesday morning and you’re just waking up, so they suggest a Motown playlist to get your day going on the right foot. Or its a lazy summer afternoon, and they throw some mellow acoustic guitar in your direction. Or you are going out to the club and want something to pump you up – it’s all covered. For every activity, they suggest three playlists.

Songza also allows you to search by activity, with sleeping, stripping, yoga, and curing road rage being only some of the options. It also allows you to search by mood, decade, culture and other criteria. It keeps a history of the playlists you’ve listened to in case you’d like to revisit the same music type later. I can attest that it has introduced me to so much good music I never knew existed, and has widened my musical knowledge by leaps and bounds.

Now every app has its downfalls, but few of Songza’s is a flaw of their own doing. Due to copyright infringement and licensing,  the app provides playlists to listen to with various artists, so you won’t be able to search the app for a specific song. Each playlist is a bit different every time you listen to it. Also, the app only lets you skip a certain number of songs every hour. Once you’ve maxed out, you can’t skip anymore. Lastly, unless you are in a Wi-Fi zone, it eats data quickly!

The app allows the listener to buy the song they are listening to from iTunes. The artist (and their team of lawyers) are happy because their music is being bought, and you are happy because you get to listen to free music! Songza also run small ads during the music.

Having said all that, the positives far outweigh the negatives. I highly recommend this app to music lovers and novices alike, as it perfectly fills your need for great, timely music.

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About Greg Markey

Greg is a social media and digital marketing consultant who loves writing about business, technology, innovation and startups. He holds a degree in political science and history from St. Francis Xavier University, as well as a diploma in Journalism from Algonquin College. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and three kids..

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