Rdio died last night, the victim of takeover by Pandora. If you were a user–I was–I hope you managed to rescue your playlists before the site went dark. Next up: the death of Songza. Sort of.
Back in July 2014, Songza was purchased by Google and continued to operate as a standalone. That will come to an end January 31 when Songza will go away with all its best parts absorbed into the latest iteration of Google Play Music. Canadian users–and there were millions of them–will recognize that the best of Songza’s features have been incorporated into Google Play Music. The trick for Google is to get as many Songza users onto the new platform. That will be tricky.
Meanwhile, this email from the Songza team showed up in my inbox last night.
In a nutshell, we built Songza to make life better by playing you music tailored to every moment of every day.
In July 2014, Songza was acquired by Google (#ConsciousCoupling), and in them we found a company who shares our excitement for IRL soundtracking. Over the past year and a half, we’ve worked hard to bring all of the features that you love from Songza to Google Play Music, including the Concierge and our massive library of hand-curated playlists — from Walking On Sunshine to Hillbilly Bodybuilding, no moment shall go un-soundtracked.
Thanks to Google Play Music (and our kick-ass team, which continues to grow faster than a Twista verse), we’ve been able to bring Songza’s Concierge experience to a new audience of music fans in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Japan, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Mexico, and Russia (*wipes brow*) — with even more countries coming soon.
Thank you SO much for being a part of the Songza community over all of these years. We’re really proud of the work that we’ve done on Google Play Music and we truly hope you’ll join us there.
Hugs and headphones,
There was a P.S., too: An “awkward video.”