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Songza curating multi-million dollar bid from Google

Songza curating multi-million dollar bid from Google
By Sam Sabri on 6 Jun 2014 03:05 pm EDT

Hold onto your headphones. Google is apparently in talks to buy the popular free music streaming and recommendation service Songza. Founded in late 2007, Songza has built up over 5.5 million active users. Google's own Larry Page is allegedly leading the charge to acquire Songza for $15 million.

In the world of free music streaming, Songza has set itself apart by offering up curated playlists based on your current activity. There aren't any algorithms are work to make these playlists, instead music experts create these for specific occasions. Songza has apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, BlackBerry, Sonos and a web application.

$15 million does seem awfully small for a music streaming service. Afterall, Apple did just buy Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion, of which less than $500 million was for the streaming component. It also pales in comparison to companies like Spotify (valued at $4 billion) and Pandora (market cap of $5 billion).

Good move for Songza to be aquired by Google? Do you use Songza? Sound off below!

Source: New York Post


Jaimin Shah

Google is playing its cards well

Checked! Task Pro: You have to try this app out! Believe me its amazing!!


For $15 million... BlackBerry should do it.

rasib BBRY

Yeah a company which is struggling to run its own BlackBerry 10 division, why the hell would they blow $15mill on a music streaming service, remember BlackBerry Music?

BlackBerry does not have enough BlackBerry 10 handsets in circulation to justify purchasing, nor does songza have the brand like Spotify or iTunes.

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Because it's cheap, and all the other platforms have a streaming music service of their own.

JustHere ForTheVerge


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Nooooo! Please no Google invasiveness on my music!

From my z30

Sam Sabri

Do you use Songza often?


Yes. Everyday.

From my z30


I don't see it in BlackBerry World on my Q10?

crackbrry fan

Why not? They need a clearer picture when profiling! Smh!

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Skynet wants it all

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Well, that's Google.. deep pockets. Won't matter

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Bad idea all the way around...


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Correction, Songza has an Android port for Blackberry


I didn't realize it was an android ported app. I thought I was using on my torch before I switched to BB10 when it came out. Back then, it had no ads unlike today. Either way, I use it and love it.

Next BBM update....BBM Peek

garrett lajoie

I really like Songza, but their BlackBerry app is a joke! The Android port is just awful.


I've had hit or miss results - until 10.3. Now it ALWAYS works and works fast.


Used Songza for a few months since they were developing a native app. Since they didn't deliver, I stopped using them. So apple buys beats, twitter is in talks to acquire Soundcloud and now Google for Songza. Wtf is going on here?

Posted via CB10 via Z10STL100-3/


Big companies buying up the competition or other services to get the edge. Nothing new here.
Not that I like it anymore than you do but it's a fact of life.

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I think he is referring to the fact that these are music streaming companies. And those companies are not competitors with google, twitter etc.

Troy Tiscareno

Google has a streaming music service, so Songza absolutely is a competitor.


Even if they didnt, they can enter the market by acquiring those who are already there


Fair enough. My point is that there is a move towards these music streaming businesses. Maybe big corporations feel like these are the next big thing.


Same here. I used it for a while, since their rep came to a BlackBerry audience last year saying they were building a BB10 app, but nothing today. I sent them a lengthy email explaining them why I love Songza and why I want a native BB10 app, and they didn't even answer me.

No buggy Songza Android port for me anymore, even more if Google buys it.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30STA100-5/


Why it buggy, mine works well..

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I use Songza, and I don't approve.


As long as they don't cut services and force us to pay for G Music or place ads, which will probably won't happen or they can't make a benefit.


"There aren't any algorithms are work to make these playlists, instead music experts create these for specific occasions. "


Posted via CB10


Proof reading on this site is just awful

Buy a bb, get a droid for free

Steven Bolen

Tried to use it but didn't like it. Slacker Radio, Apollo, Skooday and Spotify are enough for me.


Slacker is good enough!

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I use Skooday more than songsa - but I do use both. I'd really rather my music not be in Google's hands but c'est la vie.

I think 15 mill is a bit low though.

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Isn't Skooday down?

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Steven Bolen

I just opened the app and it played a song. I do remember hearing that they were going to shut it down...


It's been working for me.

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If the states has a Competition Bureau i think it's time they step in. They tried to stop Microsoft years ago for offering browsers and other things competing with Netscape. Google and Apple are controlling to many areas of the market and its killing competition which eventually will hurt general public.

Still rockin my PlayBook and a Z30


I tend to agree, but it's a harder argument to make when there are three of them. It's an oligopoly. Question is, will those be the only three that matter going forward?

From my Neutrino Powered Z10


I don't see how you count 3. Apple and Google make 2. If you count BlackBerry and Microsoft (which you shouldn't because they don't hold a large enough share of the market) that's 4.

I have more friends because I do drugs!!


The 3rd internet powerhouse buying everything is facebook. Whatsapp for 19 billion?

Signature - Google wants your info. What are you gonna do about it?


Still waiting on the native Songza BlackBerry 10 app.

Just kidding, I know it's never coming!


Don't use Songza. I use Slacker, Hype Machine, Nobex, and Skooday, depending on the mood I'm in.

Most likely posted via CB10 from my amazing Z30, but may have been posted from my awesome PlayBook.


Why is no talking about TuneIn here? I use it like 8 hours a day.

Z30 Vivo Brasil


TuneIn I use to love on my Bold but it doesn't play the radio stations in St.Kitts on my Z10, so I don't use it anymore but I use to love it.

SKN. 869. Z10

Ankush Singh

Wtf. Songza not available to download in india and middle east.

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Could care less. Crap app. I would sell if I owned it because I know it won't last long so why not get paid.

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Use it on the computer and it works fine off the BlackBerry Browser. It is a good service. Curated song lists is the way to go I think. Pandora's algorithm became too repetitive for me.

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Nope Apollo (Ad free Pandora) for me!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 


Nope, have never used Songza. I already own an enormous amount of music that I like, so I don't need a 3rd party to create playlists for me, thanks anyway.


Don't use ports and won't with that app...

Posted via Z10/ CB10


Arg. I'm never signed into Google, never need to be. May delete my account. But I use Songza every day. That and Twitch.

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I read that Google is buying Twitch.

Photos captured using BlackBerry devices - C00016D81


Well there goes another application.. Skooday no longer supported ever since exfm closed shop


Tried songza and hated it. It only played crap music. I mainly use slacker or my own collection of music.

Posted Via CB10 on my STL100-3/


I never head of it before

Posted via CB10


I wish blackberry could purchase from bose or Harmon and kardon and move to the same stream as Apple and Google hopefully someday in terms of their hardware and technology to implement them in their handset

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But no. Then it will be only for USA

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There goes ads free app. Thanks Google.

Sent from the best touch keyboard, the Z.


Songza is not ad-free. Never was.

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Dammit, why does Google have to buy everything I use? I don't want to log in with Google anywhere...

Prem WatsApp

Google IS the Internet now, at least for Joe Doe

Not single site out there without a friggin' doubleclick tracker, ajax.googleapis, googletagmanager, Google Ad Services, and -oh no- Google Analytics running on them.

Add twitter, Facebook and Adobe to the mix.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

*not a single

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


This is so annoying and no one seems to mind.

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I don't use them. Tunein (provides access to many radio stations) is all I need, plus my AM/FM/SW radios.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.


Google into songza
Songza out of my phone

Posted via CB10

JP Yow

I don't want Google to get them. Remember back when we thought Google was a good company? "Don't be evil" and all that crap they sang to us... back before they became the biggest, most unapologetic threat to personal privacy the world has ever seen. Before they drove their cars around sniffing for open networks to invade and plunder. Before they became glassholes. Bleck. It seems like an incredibly low valuation for Songza. Who wouldn't buy them for $15M? Sadly, even if it were $15B, what Google wants, Google gets.

Posted from the bottom half of my Z10 / my brand new, custom Z5


"Glassholes", I see what you did there.

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JP Yow

I can't take credit for it! But it's catching on, which I like. :)

Posted from the bottom half of my Z10 / my brand new, custom Z5


I use 8tracks. Tried songza for a while but 8tracks hit the spot.

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Hope machine is the best

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Noooo. :'-O

First Google stole Waze from me and now it's eyeing Songza. Sonsabi*ches.

Posted via my beautiful Q10


That's why I stopped using Waze While ago.

Posted via CB10


Use it and it works great!

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I don't want to be the bad guy but the title is all wrong! It sounds like Songza is buying the service from Google.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

RP Singh

There aren't any algorithms are work to make this grammar.

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OMG. Google is taking over the world. This is dangerous. Privacy is being assaulted. We must protect it at all costs. Soon there will be no competition in the marketplace to maintain balance. All power will be concentrated with just a few tech companies. Sound familiar? Banking, government etc.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Welcome to Geek Fascism.

It's global this time.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


Well, no more Songza for me then. Screw Google.

Posted via CB10 on BB10 from Q10


I love Songza, it's great, I wish they made that native app like they said they would. However the new update you can only get from Snap (not sure why) works smoothly for my Zed10

Posted via CB10


Gooooogle, biggest spy agency in the world.

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Don't be surprised when BlackBerry devices can't access Songza. We're slowly getting pushed out of picture.

BBM Channel: The Group Ride C00055B7C


Interesting timing. Bloomberg Businessweek had a recent article on the streaming music business and how no one is making money at it. If that's the case, Google will be flushing money down the drain. Mind you for them $15 million is probably a rounding error.

Posted via CB10


BlackBerry should make a play for them.

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Ahh, the perfect reason never to use Songza...

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I use Slacker across my home WiFi. I can say I enjoy it more than other ones that I have tried, including Pandora. It's the free version, so there is the concessional Home Depot ad or something. Usually the ad is quick and not really annoying. So, I'll stick with it.


No! I love Songza! Don't ruin it!!!

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T


They should go higher

Posted via CB10


Had Songza, didn't care for it. Been using Slacker since I got my PlayBook and have it on my Z 10 too. Definitely has the best metal genre!

Brought to you by the letter Z and the number 10


I use it with the room tunes app and Sonos app. Android version on BB is slow. Great on IOS.



Tried it and did not like it. I use slacker or my own

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Once Google takes Songza over I'll be opting out.

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I use it. Period.

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15million, pocket change for Google. Google is an awesome company , buy shares :)

RedBerry Z10 #00167  OS10.2.1.3175


The BBM music service should get revamped and integrated with BBM for all. Apple has itunes, Google has their music service and BlackBerry needs to compete.

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I'm not as foolish as those who feel Google is their friend or cheering on Google. I distance myself from Google as much as I do NSA, Yahoo, MSN, and Apple.

I don't expect Kevin or many on Crackberry to understand why, as they are overcome and distracted by technology to notice the implications of what Google is about.

I'm uninstalling Songza.

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That's why I say it's not good to have huge cooperation

They control too much and then start to kill the market.

That's why if blackberry was in a solid third then the market would be more balanced.
Can we get this word out to the general public. for Android apps from your blackberry 10 browser


Slacker radio is soooo much better.

Posted via CB10


The first purchase I have read about that makes sense price wise.

Beats is still baffling.

Posted via CB10


Music subscription services are the new bitcoin-mining. I am setting up mine tomorrow.


I already used it and is a very poor App. Spotify blows away Songza.

via  Z30


Great buy! I'm a fan of Songza but how well does a million dollar purchase price reflect the music streaming services industry? Other tech acquisitions have gone for way more.

Posted via CB10


Noooo!!! Keep it free! Love Songza on My BB10!

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Off topic, but what's that case and where can I get it?

Posted via CB10


It looks an awful lot like the Dev Alpha Z10. I could be wrong, but it has a striking resemblance.


If I were the owners, I would explore other offers. That is a low bid as far as I am concerned. The user base alone garners a higher selling price. Apple buying Beats has a lot more to do with the headphones division in my opinion than it does the streaming service. I can't really understand what Google's play is (no pun intended), in regards to Songza. I can see a couple scenarios, but nothing more than they are already doing now, such as information gathering, targeted ads, and an already useful music streaming service.

Sayumi Whisp

Never used a music streaming service

Wenn du das Weinen verlernt hast, bist du bereits tot (Sayumi Whisp)


Songza has been a perfect music partner for my morning runs. I can pick and save a series of songs or pick a theme (workout or running; easy going or rocking) and Songza recommends a match. They have not been wrong yet. 15 mil is too little for the service they provide.

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I've never heard of Songza until now!

These words are brought to you by my elegant and classy Z10 or Q10


Noooooo!!! Songza is awesome, please don't sell your soul to Google. PLEASE!

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