Songza – free web radio with playlists for every occasion

I love music, but when it comes to exploring new music, I am very lazy. I alternate between my iTunes library and Grooveshark.

In iTunes, I usually pick an artist or an album and let it play for hours. On Grooveshark, I have several playlists like “Soft tunes” or “Español” and I play those. That is a bit better than listening to the same artist the whole afternoon, but not by much. Most of my music is old and I end up listening to the same stuff over and over again.

Songza is exactly what I need!

Tip! Web app is available only for the US, but you could still use mobile apps. Find links below.

Songza is a web radio that streams music for free. Unlike Grooveshark, the playlists are being created by other users. Songza’s Concierge asks me what I am in the mood for based on the time of the day. For example, it is Thursday Evening now and it suggested I might want music for:

  • Working out
  • Evening Commute
  • Work or Study (no lyrics)
  • Unwinding after a Long Day
  • Cooking Dinner
  • Spending Time With Your Kids

Even though I am not driving home, I picked music for Evening Commute. It offered the following categories: Cure for Road Rage: Indie/Hits, Left-lane Driving, Driving with Kids and Post-Work Celebration. Picking the Hits started playing “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, which is a song I love! Bingo! :)

If you want to be very picky about how you choose your music, use Explore instead of Concierge. In Explore you can find music based on genres, activities, moods, decades… Wikipedia points out one more advantage:

Unlike other streaming services, users can find stations not just based on artists, songs and genres, but based on themes, interests and eras, like “Songs In Apple Commercials,” “90s One-Hit Wonders,” and “Music of Fashion Week.”

I know many people use Pandora, but I have never used it so I can not compare Songza to it. Lots of people use Spotify and that’s great, but unless you are a paying customer, you get audio ads with the service. Songza does not have audio ads so that’s a big plus, too. There are, however, visual ads on their website and there is no Premium model which would ideally remove those ads.

While you are listening to the music, you can mark songs with Thumps up or Thumbs down symbol, and Songza is supposed to use that information for suggesting better suited music for you. I have not had the chance to see how that works yet, because I did not particularly dislike any of the songs yet.

Unfortunately, Songza’s web app is not available to anyone outside of the United States, which includes me. I downloaded the mobile application (from US iTunes Store) and I am using Songza on my phone. If you’re on Android, get the app from Google Play.

If you decide to try it out, tell me how you liked it!