I am probably one of the grumpiest, finicky people when it comes to music. Sometimes I absolutely hate every song I own in iTunes, other times I just want to hear one song or nothing, and then there are the times when it is absolutely nothing that I want to hear. I like what I like until I don’t like it on any given day. (How is that for poetic prose?) I’m always on the lookout for “new to me” music and was in the midst of one of my musical slumps when a co-worker suggested Songza to me. I gave the name a side-eye, but decided to check it out as this particular co-worker knows his shit when it comes to music. He owns more CDs than any person I have ever met, has every iteration of the iPod that comes out, and still rocks the vinyl. Music would be his religion if he wasn’t already affiliated with a religion. I envy that sort of passion. Also, his cat tweets, so that is all kinds of awesome.
Songza is a playlist app & website, but with no ads like Pandora. Even better, it has a concierge service that offers playlists based on day, time, and mood. This is the aspect of the app I use the most.
Clicking on the concierge will offer up a menu like this:
Yes, putting on your party dress gets an option. There’s also a sexy times option on some evenings. Bow-chicka-wow-wow!
Ahem. So, let’s say it’s Unwinding time. Let’s get some music to just hang out at home and let the crap of the day dissipate into the void.
WUUUUT? You mean there are more options? It’s not just “relax and that’s it”? No! See, there are even subtle moods in the mood of relaxing. The geniuses behind Songza have figured this out. I’m going to click on “A Rural and Rustic Evening”, because who doesn’t want that in the suburbs with a house full of puppies with errant bladders?
Oooh. Three different playlists to choose from after that. Personally, Harvest Moon is one of my absolute favorite playlists- “A collection of warm acoustic songs, handpicked for enjoying the crisp autumn air, fall foliage, and hot apple cider.” Well, they had me at hot apple cider. This playlist does not disappoint. Sometimes I relax so much that I fall asleep. No complaints there since the only weird place that has happened was in the parking lot of a physical therapist’s office off an extremely congested street. I take that as a win.
This is hands-down my favorite music app out there, and so easy to handle. Not that music apps are notoriously difficult to handle. Well, AOL Radio was. It was ridiculously squirrelly. How’s that for an endorsement? Use Songza! It’s not squirrelly!