Songza, one of my new favorite apps for iOS as you may have spotted from my iPad’s home screen, starting today brings the feature that made it famous to Android: the music concierge. The feature has been a part of the iOS app for a while but has been conspicuously absent on the competing platform, but now that it’s here, Android users will definitely want to give Songza a second look.
The music concierge curates playlists at any point during the day tailored to the activities you might be doing at that time. It basically acts as a soundtrack to your entire life and it works wonders. You first tap one of the six moods it presents to you which vary based on day and time — they could range from singing in the shower to unwinding after a long day of work to partying with friends to, er, getting naked. After that, you’ll pick the genre of music you prefer and then lastly you pick one of three playlists.
It’s scary good. You’ll be satisfied with its choice far more often than not and a few times I even questioned how it figured out exactly what I was in the mood to listen to because I’ve been that amazed. Once you are listening to music, the experience gets a bit more like Pandora, allowing you to rate songs with a thumbs up or thumbs down so Songza can get smarter. Songza says that ultimately its goal is simple: to try to answer the user’s fundamental question of “What should I listen to right now?”
The app is designed for Android 4.0 or higher and that’s apparent by the UI, but it is backwards compatible with older versions of the OS. You can find Songza with the new music concierge feature in Google Play.