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Songza has just been acquired by Google

Songza

Google is taking on Apple's acquisition of Beats Music with its own acquisition of Songza, a streaming service that delivers "contextual expert-curated playlists" to listeners. Right now, Google is running Songza as a separate company, but Google Play revealed in a Google+ post that it expects to roll Songza's beloved features into Google Play.

"We aren't planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work like usual for existing users," Google Play stated in a post on Google+. "Over the coming months, we'll explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music."

We're also hearing that Songza's features could also appear in the future in YouTube as well.

Source: Google Play

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Songza has just been acquired by Google

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I know there going to stop support, maybe not tomorrow, but in the not so distant future... Well, on the bright side, my MixRadio works fantastic. (Although, I wish they would update there, literally, six year old Afrikaans mixes)

Completely agree. Microsoft too often have too many overlapping services. The more they get the best of each service and integrate the better. They did well to ditch Office Live and Live Mesh for SkyDrive (OneDrive now) back in the day.

Mix Radio sucks. No matter what station I select they end up playing all sorts of weird crap I've never heard of. Even if they play an artist I know it is almost always some obscure B side that isn't very good.

MS needs to buy Slacker or Pandora or SOMETHING decent.

Sure but if all the music you discover is complete crap... plus if I pick like 80's Rock Hits or whatever I expect to actually, you know, get all (or mostly) hits, not a small handful of hits and a bunch of b-sides and artists I've never even heard of (usually because they suck).

No way man, how it works is MixRadio learns what you like and don't like. It takes the data from the "thumbs up", "thumbs down" and your skips, and next time you refresh it'll be more personal. I've been using it for the wells now as my default when driving, jogging or playing songs in my apartment, the first two wood kind of sucked, but i stuck with it "thumbs downing" and "thumbs upping" the songs, today i literally have no need to download any songs ever because every song on my MixRadio is NIIIIICCEEE. It also very often plays songs I've never heard of but that you can clearly had it has the same rate as the music that i love. I really do have only two complaints with it and that is, i wish there where more than thirty songs in a mix (for when I'm driving long distance) and that they would update the Afrikaans mixes, it's literally six years old Microsoft!!!!

BTW, I'm typing this message using the new android L keyboard on my android device, just to let you guys know: it has been soooooo frustrating, doesn't come close to WordFlow =)

another competitor company bought, yayx! Lessalternatives to choose from in the future. I guess the less players in the arena, the betterthat for endusers. Oh wait... there must be an issue here...

Bye bye Songza. Uninstalling, i dont use any Google Apps or related. I loved Songza, but FU Google, you and your lack of support on WP. So, if Mix Radio get International ...but not, im Just stuck with Spotify.

+925 on ditching any Google owned service.

BTW Never heard anyone over here using or mentioning Songza. So no big deal over here (The Netherlands)

 

Same here. I refuse to help Google with using traffic data collected using me. Although I have nearly all major paid GPS apps, Here Drive is my navigation of choice and has served me real well in the last few months (I am in Southern California).

What features does it not have?  For me it works just like the version on my Android phone, but I don't really do any of the "points" or social stuff. 

BTW, the Android version was totally broken on my phone for months before they finally got around to fixing it, so it's not like it's a panacea over there either.

Actually Pandora's song selection is very limited compared to other like services which, IMO, puts it near the bottom of the list.

I'm hoping Google play music bleeds into the platform through songza instead of losing complete support.

Escalate?

The mobile battle is pretty much over, and the winners are Apple and Google.   At <5% market share, MS was never IN the game.

You are correct sir! That's what i hate about Google, I'm a student studying a business degree with a lector who likes using practical examples from current discussions made by these big tech company's, so i see the strategy's begins the decisions apple, Microsoft and Google makes. The problem i, and many of my fellow students have, is that Google also make, like apple and Microsoft, huge aggressive strategic decisions to take on the opposition, but where Microsoft and apple stays within respectable boundaries, Google does not. Our theory in the class room is the age of the company's, both Microsoft and apple are old company's both has received a shot to the face resulting in a very bloody nose, whereas Google is yet to recieve such an ethical or strategic head shot.... Must wait they will get there, and then it will be them who will have to play catch up for a few years...

P.s. android L keyboard SUCKS!!! took me like ten minutes to type this message with all the mistakes this thing's swipe gestures made

I just hope they do not discontinue songza as a separate service. They can integrate it into play music or any other google crap but I would be seriously pissed if they stop offering songza. Come on google you have ducked with enough of the internet.

Yes, really overrated. I do believe that it's actually quite good but not as among as people seem to make it. I have some little problems/announces with it. But, I do love the fact that the WP version doesn't have any ads at all.

I hate to see how all these litlle companies are bought from the big ones!

Who is going to buy Soundcloud, 8Tracks, Discogs, Musicbrainz, Last.fm, MusixMatch Lyrics, Grooveshark and so on?

It is a horror vision if 3 or 4 big players would have overtaken all to steal their spirit for sake of profit.

If Google had 1€ for every Google-hate comment here, they'd have enough to buy Microsoft next by now.

Exactly. Not Hate-Google Central. The hate of some users for Google around here is borderline primitive. You don't see Android users hating Microsoft like this over at Android Central.

Actually I can and have seen Android users hating Microsoft on Android Central but whether hate Android or not on here has nothing to do with the article.

Android peeps don't have any legitimate reason to hate ms. Ms gives them every damn service, google gives us none.

Who? Seriously, I've never heard of these people until now. Maybe I'm a little old-school (I remember walking around the baseball park with a walkman) but I prefer to determine the order of my music. I'm sure these streaming services are nice, but I just can't get too upset when a digital radio station gets bought.

Songza is pretty great. I've used MixRadio is good, but Songza has alot more depth for new artists, indie music or something you've never heard. Here's to hoping they change nothing.

#whocares

News about Google? Meh..... Go Xbox Music!!! (i know i know... not the sharpest pencil in the pack, but I want to believe it is only getting sharper. it works for me)

Lol boohoo they took songza away from us boohoo (in droopy dog voice)...great I love both platforms the big G and big W

I'm sorry but why don't Microsoft just slide a cool $billion to the side and start buying up hip companies to add much needed function into their products.

I think Microsoft wants to stop their acquisition spree after gaining Nokia's Devices & Services unit which includes MixRadio.

Also they're preparing to license the Nokia brand for smartphones if they can according evleaks's rumor as Nokia will be picky about the amount since the D&S sale was the only deal they had with Microsoft which means they will not spend another billion on acquiring another startup or establishment unless Nokia says "no" about their brand licensing.

Echonest - on which many if not most streaming services are based on regarding to their radio functionality - was bought by Spotify. Buying spotify is not the worst idea, also for other some good reasons.

That's a shame. I liked Songza and hoped they would release Windows apps. Now, the hope has been squashed. Also, I used the service because it wasn't a Google product. Darn.

To all those uninstalling the app, don't forget to rate it down before uninstalling it and saying why you are uninstalling in your rating.

You guys are brilliant!

By pouting, and uninstalling the app, all you're doing is rienforcing app developers to continue not to target the platform.   If that's your goal, carry on.

When Google give a fuck about Windows Phone, then we'll care about Songza. Problem is that Google buy up these smaller companies and discontinue apps on other platforms, Waze is the perfect example as the WP version hasn't seen an update since February.

Fuck Google and everything they stand for. Don't be evil, yeah right!!!!

I don't think Microsoft should just start buying companies left and right. Sure, every now and then it will make sense, but don't go down the same desperate path as Google and Facebook. Hell, even Apple with their Beats acquisition. You can't always buy yourself into relevance.

Some people think that developers don't have to have an income, or they put out an apps for altruistic reason, most just hoping to sell it one day for a billion dollars, nothing will last forever, we just constantly jump from one thing to another. 

If Songza become crap after a while, I'm sure something new will pop up later, chill....

This is sad :( They will abuse it, suck out the happiness out of it, and then cancel the service. Goodbye, Songza.

Deleted the app and went to their site to delete my account and guess what? They have hidden the ability to delete your account. The FAQ is outdated info for doing so as well.