Google to Buy Songza
Google and Songza today announced that Google has acquired the small start-up for an undisclosed sum. Songza offers a playlist- and song-recommendation service that uses variables such as the time of day and location to cultivate selections. According to Google, there will be no immediate changes made to Songza's service. Google did not say what part of the company Songza's 40 staffers will be joining, but did say it will continue to make the service faster and easier to use. Companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google have been angling to improve their mobile music offerings, which Songza may be able to do for Google.
Google Updates Play Music with Songza Features
Google today pushed out an update to its Play Music service that adds new, curated play lists. The refreshed service gains its tools from Songza, which Google purchased over the summer.
Google Improves Playlist Discoverability in Google Home App
Google has made it simpler to find music when casting or streaming thanks to a small update to the Google Home app. The latest version of Google Home now includes a Listen tab that's dedicated to music.
Songza to Be Folded Into Google Music
Google today said it plans to shut down Songza by the end of January. Google bought the music-streaming service in 2014.
Google Music Now Includes Free Radio Service
Google today updated its Google Music product to include free, ad-supported radio stations. The streaming radio service is offered at no cost and has a number of pre-set stations and mixes.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.