Like Pandora, it offers you a playlist related to what you’re interested in rather than letting you choose individual songs. What makes it different, though, is how incredibly specific those playlists get.
When you open Songza, the ‘music concierge’ will tell you the day of the week and time of day (at the time I’m writing this article, for instance, it would say “It’s Monday afternoon”) and then offer you some categories for things you might be doing at that time (working in an office, finishing homework, driving home or going for a run, for instance). I like the idea of a real concierge, listening to you describe what you’re doing before thoughtfully suggesting a few playlists.
Tell Songza you’re working at the office, and it’ll immediately start narrowing down your choices. One of the choices for this is ‘Indie Music That’s Not Too Weird’, as though your concierge is worried about freaking out your coworkers with the choices that might be offered in ‘Music for Exploring Obscure Sounds’ (a real playlist, I might add). It also offers Top 40 music and R&B, if the not-too-weird indie music isn’t your thing.
With all this in mind, here are a few playlists for those specific moments in your day.
Girls Night Out Country: A country playlist for riding in your truck with the gang or getting ready to head out to the bar with your cowgirl boots on.
Bamboleo: Spanish dance music that promises to keep you on your feet until dawn – probably makes good workout music as well.
Epic Film Scores: Need inspiration? Want to write a paper or finish a project that’ll knock your professor or boss’s socks off? Use this playlist.
Mellow Indie: I listen to this one all the time when I’m taking the bus. It’s calming and sweet, and I feel like I’m in a Wes Anderson movie when I walk around town with this in my ears.
Kurt Cobain’s Record Collection: Any Nirvana fan will love the music that inspired the late Kurt Cobain, and maybe inspire you to start a band of your own.
Today’s Rap and R&B Hits: If you’re suffering from a lack of Drake, Beyonce and Eminem in your life, this playlist will restore you.
Commercial Indie Pop: No lie, the first time I heard one of my favorite indie songs was in a flea and tick prevention commercial. This playlist has up-and-coming indie music that’s getting featured in TV spots.