In an earlier post, I wrote about the changing landscape of the streaming music scene. There are a lot of players in the marketplace that give you control over music. These applications let you pick the songs, artists, and genre so that each playlist hand-crafted. It’s fun but it’s also a lot of work.
What if time is not on your side? Let me paint a picture for you.
My Life Before a Music Streaming Service
Circa 2005, my soon-to-be wife wants to make dinner for my parents, sister and brother-in-law. Dinner was to take place at my condo, and she would take care of the cooking and making my place less like a bachelor pad. My job? Booze and music. The former was easy, the latter was chaos.
My music library consisted of thrash metal, alternative, some electronica, and classic rock (think heavy rotations of Megadeth, Mudhoney, Crystal Method and Thin Lizzy). I knew this wasn’t copacetic for a dinner party.
I ran to the Tower Records that was a stone’s throw from my place. I desperately asked the sales gal for recommendations for dinner music. I got a strange look like, “Why would you eat music for dinner?”
I had to trust my instincts on this one. I randomly picked up three “Best of” CDs: Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Cool, swanky and always en vogue, right?
Yes, but what I failed to realize was that each CD was only about 40 minutes. This proved to be a problem as the last CD finished and I had to go back and key up the first one again. Let’s just say, quite a few bottles of wine and lots of after-dinner drinks later, John Coltrane’s “Blue Train” some how got stuck on repeat. To this day, that album haunts me (still a great album though).
My Life Now with a Music Streaming Service
A lengthy story, I know, but it illustrates an interesting situation you might’ve found yourself in. What if I had implemented a service like Songza to take care of the music for me? Yes, a hangover would have still existed, but songs from “Blue Train” would have only been a sampling of what I heard that night.
Songza is a music streaming service that matches music to your mood or activity. The service recommends music based on on your preferences.
For example, in my situation back in ’05, I would have opened Songza and reviewed playlists around dinner music or a cocktail party. From there, you’re given a number of sub-genres. I would’ve selected Classy & Sophisticated Jazz, and looked like someone who throws a mean dinner party.
The music Concierge in Songza is a tremendous help because you start by selecting the day and time of day. From there, it proposes a number of activities or moods that might coincide. Or if that’s not working for you, click “Explore” and filter by topics like genre, activities, moods, decades, culture, or Record-store Clerk.
The app is extremely intuitive and definitely takes the guess work of figuring out what to play. I wrote this post listening to Liquid Dubstep - all based on the following filters: Tuesday Evening > Playing Video Games > Electronic Focus Msuic > Liquid Dubstep
With so much music available in a streaming format, I find it less of an instance to just want to listen to one artist or genre. Sometimes I don’t want to deal with the guess work of figuring out what to listen to. Songza fills that gap nicely – oh, and it’s free.
This music service is also different from the others because the playlists are curated by music experts and there are no listening limits. But if your a control freak and having the ability to hand select every song is important to you, try one of the paid services like Spotify or Rdio.
Songza is a solid music streaming service with plenty of ways think about music. It’s a fun way to match your mood or activity with a soundtrack that someone has in mind for you.
I have no affliation with Songza, I just genuinely enjoy their service. Consider downloading the app today via iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire.