When it comes to radio apps, there are only a handful that are often referred to. Pandora is often the first one that gets recommended which I admit that I use a lot as well. In fact, it’s really the only one I had loaded on my iPhone and iPad, until now that is. Songza is a newer radio app that I’m trying out and I really wouldn’t even have know about it if it weren’t for my BlackBerry Z10. You see, on there, there isn’t a Pandora app and I really wanted a radio app for it, which is how I came across Songza. It’s one of the few radio apps that is in the BlackBerry App World. Anyways, after using it on there a few times, I really enjoyed it so I now have it on my iPhone. What makes Songza different from Pandora is the fact that instead of you creating radio stations from artists and songs you know, its “Music Concierge” system delivers music based on what activity you may be doing or mood you’re in.
Songza makes choices based on a variety of factors. For one, it always knows what day it is and what time of the day it is. This allows Songza to offer specific categories based on this. What you do is choose a category based on what you are doing, then from there choose a sub category of genres. Once you do that, they’ll offer you 3 playlists that you can pick. These playlists consists of songs that are hand picked by their music experts and approximate what you most likely want to hear. Since it’s radio, you’ll end up listing to a lot of songs you know and a lot of songs you don’t know. That is one of the things I do love about these radio apps however and that is discovering new music.
Now you don’t have to browse this way if you don’t want to. You can easily hit the explore tab and browse through the usual list of categories and genres to find what you’re looking for. Like others, you’ll be able to rate songs as they play which in turn will make your personalized music selection more accurate in the future. What Songza does do that you can’t do on Pandora unless you pay is have unlimited song skips along with no limits on the amount of time you use it per month. It also seems like it doesn’t interrupt your music with ads, though the app does display iAds. I don’t mind the iAds as long as there are no radio ads interrupting my music.
Songza is a great alternative to other radio apps. The fact that it has no listening limits is a huge plus as well as it being free. It even allows you to save favorite playlists that you’ve heard and replay them back without having to go through category selection again. This app is strictly for music playback. It doesn’t offer the extras that Pandora does such as artist info or album info, but for straight up music, Songza is great.
App Store Link: Songza
Developer: Songza Media
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Working? Relaxing? At the gym? Songza plays you the right music at the right time.
✪App Store Best of 2012✪
✪Free, with no listening limits.
✪High-Quality Audio powered by Audyssey Labs improves headphone sound without increasing data plan usage
✪Stream thousands of original playlists handmade by music experts.
✪Let Songza’s ‘Music Concierge’ find the right music for your moments.
✪Browse a curated playlist library organized by activity, genre, decade, & mood.
✪Save your favorite playlists & share them via Facebook, Twitter or email.
[via App Store]