It’s been over four years since we last covered the music streaming service called Songza, and in that time it has been drastically changed over and over again. Back then it tried to leverage the music selection available on YouTube to stream almost any song on demand, but it has since transformed into a playlist-powered free music streaming service. Basically, you can no longer pick and choose the songs you want to listen to, but that doesn’t detract from how awesome the service is.
Songza is nice because it’s 100% free, has no audio ads, and they have a large selection of playlists available that is bound to have something to appeal to your listening tastes. As you can see in the screenshot above as soon as you hit the site you can pick some music based on the activity you’re doing, or you can start browsing around for some of the pre-assembled playlists. You can also create your own playlists, but the catch is that due to licensing restrictions you will not be able to listen to any playlists you make. Each playlist is required to have at least 10 songs by at least 6 different artists.
Just last week they released an updated iOS app that adds iPad support (iTunes link), which means it is a free universal app. It does have in-app advertising (still no audio ads), but that doesn’t bother me all that much since a lot of the time I don’t even have this as the foreground app. After all, there isn’t much you can do within the app besides kick off a playlist and skip songs, and you can always skip songs from outside the app using the multitasking bar or the button on your headphones.
If you’re like me a service like this is exactly what you’re looking for… something that you can set up to play some background music without having to go through the trouble of building your own playlists.