Songza is a site entirely dedicated to the sharing of music. Users can create online music stations, share them, and even collaborate for greater variety. Songza is essentially a music themed website that also gives users social networking capabilities. Anyone can join up and begin sharing their favorite music or creating a music station that they love, and could turn others on to their preferred genre of music or specific bands and artists.
Songza was founded in November of 2007 by Aza Raskin. Today, Scott Robbin is Songza president. The site is based out of Long Island City, New York. To date, Songza has served more than 225,000,000 song streams for tens of millions of users. The site has seen quite a bit of popularity, and continues to grow as more users discover the benefits of a site that lets them collaborate and create music stations.
Songza is not just a website about music. It is also a social networking tool. Users can collaborate on stations so there is greater input and a more expansive collection of songs and genres. The site is quite popular, and allows users to browse existing stations to discover new sounds that they may fall in love with. Songza has helped make the sharing process easy with streamlined features that are very user friendly, even for those with minimal technology knowledge. Songza makes music sharing easy for anyone.
The Songza website is very simple, with a pleasant blue header and matching highlights throughout. The background is white, with black text for maximum readability. Everything is logically laid out so the user has little trouble navigating from one area on the site to the next. The main functions can be found at the top and right side of the homepage, along with featured stations highlighted to interest users.
A new visitor can create a Songza account by clicking the white “Join Now” link found at the top right hand corner of the homepage, within the blue header. The user is asked to sign up with an existing Facebook profile. Luckily, those without a profile (or with no desire to link theirs) can click the blue “Click Here” link at the bottom of the login box. Songza keeps registration simple by asking for a username, password, and valid email address. After entering the information and clicking the blue “Create my Account” button, the user is taken back to the Songza homepage. From here, the user is logged in and can begin checking out Songza features.
Songza thrives on user participation. Without the user, the site would not have so many music stations for other users to enjoy. That being said, users can join the site and listen for free. There is no monthly subscription fee and no sign up payment required. All features are available to all users who create an account. The site may be free, but there is a little advertising that users have to deal with. The ads seem to be relatively sparse and do not hinder the experience. For the most part, they can be ignored all together.
Any music fan, fanatical or otherwise, can really get into Songza. The site is entirely dedicated to sharing music. Users can easily stop by and expand their listening repertoire just by enjoying the various music stations created by other users. Even casual listeners can enjoy the sounds available on Songza. The site is even more desirable for anyone who prefers to listen to music on a computer.