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Why Lament the Takeover of Songza by Google?

abstract:When I first started using Songza a few years ago [circa 2012] I felt both elated and relieved! Elated that someone with brains had designed a music app that cost nothing and provided endless hours of streaming playlists curated to any musical genre or mortal mood, all coordinated around hypothetical tasks at any particular time of day in the week. It was a relief to finally pack up my CD collection, which I had reverted to in frustration after Apple had once too often dumped my music library and carefully organized personal playlists for the zillionth time during yet another forced system upgrade to my iPod or iPhone - sorry Apple, not everyone has a PhD in computer science to manage the workarounds!

Now another technology behemoth has bought Songza along with all their clever ideas and my favorite playlists. What is in store for us? Well on January 31st we

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February 01, 2016
— saw the Songza team bid us farewell, and on February 1st we saw the Google Play Music (with its branded, baby-talk name) take over. The question is, will Google's computer generated algorithms pick new playlists to match the clever variations and subtleties of the playlists created by the many real live music experts consulted by Songza? I doubt this. And how long will it remain free - of ads or other placed content?

Skepticism aside, I do want to remind you of the enthusiasm and creativity of the original Songza team. Here they are back in 2012 talking to Tech Crunch.

 

 

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