06
Jun
songz

For some reason, it seems that streaming music is the new hotness in the world of tech firm acquisitions. Today, the New York Post reports that Google is eyeing the acquisition of Songza.

Songza is a popular music curating and streaming service that, with five and a half million active users, is nothing to sneeze at. The Android app is currently in the 1 million - 5 million download range, with almost 60,000 ratings.

The service does a pretty great job of figuring out what music you want to hear, basing choices not just on your listening habits, but by the activity you're doing or how you're feeling. Users can choose highly specialized music sets for "a weekday dance party" or "taking the day off," for instance. The service also offers playlists "handmade by music experts. Curating music is something that Google's own burgeoning streaming service, Play Music, has historically struggled with to some degree.

It seems reasonable, then, to assume there's some kernel of truth in today's report from the New York Post that Google wants to buy Songza for $15 million (that's 0.015 Instagrams). Whether Songza will accept the offer is still up in the air.

Both sides have of course declined to comment on whether the talks are even taking place, so this still falls into rumor territory, but the acquisition would certainly make sense. Google Play Music's "radio" curation could use a kick in the pants, and adding functionality that would bring it into line with other services (like Beats with its existing sentence-based playlist creation) couldn't hurt.

Source: New York Post

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • McGuest

    Five and a half users...

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Whoopsies.

    • Prahlis

      Poor half guy :/

  • Ender Ceylan

    Holy shit, five and a half active users. Wouldn't want to be the half-dude.

    • Defenestratus
      • supremekizzle

        ...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          I hate you.

          • supremekizzle

            Made it me self.

          • Matthew Fry

            This makes me laugh and sad at the same time...

        • GeeKLoRD

          ...

  • Michael

    I'd really like it if Play Music would incorporate lyrics.

  • Milton P.

    Forget about curating music, give us true gap-less to listen to Pink Floyd and give us crossfade when we shuffle our library, that's all I need.

  • bhake

    As an Play Music All Access subscriber, I'm glad to hear they may be attempting to improve the "start radio" suggestion service. It sucks. There are a lot better alternatives out there currently, and I've been thinking of switching.

  • tlogank

    Songza is an awesome service, the most underrated of these radio apps in my opinion. The concierge service puts it far above the others for me. Hope this attention allows it to grow even more.

    • joser116

      Agree, I myself have GPMAA and I still end up going to Songza.

  • hyperbolic

    N5 - This app is incompatible with your device.

  • quick

    Google buy RDIO instead!! Or both...

    • Adam B.

      What for ?

      • quick

        Rdio has a synchronized queue across mobile and web platforms! That alone it's reason enough! Also the social integration and sharing it's so much better etc... if Google could just swap out their music app and features for rdio's that would friggin great!

  • alexcue

    Songza actually beats Spotify, Pandora, and GPMAA in my "need a mood" sort of music service. They seem a bit limited in song number, but they always hit the spot. Would love to see it integrated with Google's stuff.

  • Matthew Fry

    "handmade by music experts."

    Unless it really is a giant quotation which is how I read it initially.

  • Ryan

    yes, please.

  • Ghost

    They should focus on bug fixes. How does a song I downloaded have "unable to play stream" errors?

  • lordmerovingian

    Love Songza. Use it at work everyday.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    My brother introduced me into Songza a while back and I thought it was stupid. Then over time it started to grow on me and now I can't live w/o it. I would be ok with this as long as they keep it in it's current state. Kind of like what they've done with Waze.

  • PhilNelwyn

    "burgeoning streaming service, Play Music, has historically struggled"
    Back to the future?

  • Laura Kelly

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  • bos

    Google Play Music has historically struggled to play music. Yes the curation sucks, but the playback errors are an absolute deal breaker. They need to focus on the basics, and build an android app that works.

    • Chippah

      THIS! ^
      Plus the UI is horrible and hard to use in the car.
      I have been paying for all access when i end up using Pandora in the car.. F me!

  • didibus

    I find Songza never has the mixes I'd want to hear. It always borders on popular, even when you're in a weird genre of music. I'd rather go to soundcloud and play some DJ mixes, they have much better tastes in music than whoever Songza highers for curation.

  • Nat Scientist

    Google will need to pay and pay escalating costs to the copyright owners for their content just like Pandora and Spotify are bled to death, but not further, by the labels.
    That's not disruption, but groveling after fallen beats.... ta-dum.