Google buys Songza music curation service

Google completed its long rumored acquisition of Songza for a reported US$39 million. Songza is a music curation service that lets you select playlists based on elements like genre, mood, and decade. It runs on iOS, Android, ChromeCast, and the web.

From Google:

Exciting news today — we’re thrilled to welcome +Songza to Google. They’ve built a great service which uses contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time. We aren’t planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work like usual for existing users. Over the coming months, we’ll explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music. We’ll also look for opportunities to bring their great work to the music experience on YouTube and other Google products. In the meantime, check out their service on #Android (http://goo.gl/urYGx6) or iOS (http://goo.gl/c0egja) to find a playlist for any mood you’re in — whether you’re feeling a little mellow or a lot funky.

From Songza:

You know why we love building Songza? Because you trust us to make every moment of your day better — and that’s a pretty huge honor. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re becoming part of Google. We can’t think of a better company to join in our quest to provide the perfect soundtrack for everything you do. No immediate changes to Songza are planned, other than making it faster, smarter, and even more fun to use.

Curation is playing an increasing role in recent acquisitions, making it easier for users to find music they like or just making an enjoyable listening experience easier to come by. Curation was said to be an important motive for Apple’s acquisition of Beats earlier this year.

Tim Cook on the Beats deal:

We get a subscription music service that we believe is the first subscription service that really got it right. They had the insight early on to know how important human curation is. That technology by itself wasn’t enough — that it was the marriage of the two that would really be great and produce a feeling in people that we want to produce.



  • imthedude

    I guess I’m the only one who’d rather have an algorithm pick my next song, based on likes and dislikes of other songs.

  • Terry Maraccini

    I like what I like when I like it. Curation is just radio station mentality with human playlists. remember, terrestrial radio is curated too, usually by some clueless, faceless entity based on marketing.

    I don’t need help selecting my music. I will stick to my music collection. and on the odd occasion I would like something else, I tune in to Radio Paradise, listener supported, and very cool.

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    I’m interested to see this integrated into Play Music, which I love.

    39M though? That’s a low ball in today’s ridiculous buyouts.