Google takes on Beats with Songza acquisition

By Chuong H Nguyen on 1 Jul 2014 04:18 pm EDT
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Google is taking on Apple's acquisition of Beats Music with its own acquisition of Songza, a streaming service that delivers "contextual expert-curated playlists" to listeners. Right now, Google is running Songza as a separate company, but Google Play revealed in a Google+ post that it expects to roll Songza's beloved features into Google Play.

"We aren't planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work like usual for existing users," Google Play stated in a post on Google+. "Over the coming months, we'll explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music."

We're also hearing that Songza's features could also appear in the future in YouTube as well. That said, there's no telling what that means for the Android version which currently works on BlackBerry 10. With the Android player integration available on BlackBerry 10, it will continue to work however, if Google integrates Google Play services that might be the end of it. Also worth noting, Songza is available on the Amazon App Store right now but Google could rightfully remove it from there as well.

Source: Google Play

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Google takes on Beats with Songza acquisition

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Maybe someday Google with support BB10 and throw us an app or two for their services.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

Amen to giving us google play services. You can hate all you want but BlackBerry doesn't have shit on the google ecosystem.

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Yah man, BB aren't half as efficient at allowing the NSA a backdoor to everything we do.

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Somehow I believe we were talking about the OS and not about apps that other people besides google makes...

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BlackBerry needs to do something like this as well apple and Google are doing it

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Well, I don't know about Songza, but if the Beats music service is as good as their headphones, that means it's overpriced and it sucks...

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Songza is easily one of my most used and favorite apps. Honestly... Songza and Sonos together changed my life. Have listened to more music in the last two years with that combo than I did on the last 20. And life is way more fun with music.

I predict Google buys Sonos next.

If google bought sonos I think they'd have a winner in the connected space between nest/sonos/android wear

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If Google bought Sonos I surely bin all Sonos stuff immediately. I have no intention to be monitored by google via the Sonos Bridge.

Yup. No thanks. Someone will step up to take their place that is independent. There is nothing proprietary about any of that stuff.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

No! I love my sonos and songza! No to Google play limiting my functionality and requiring my info. Terrible news :(

From my z30

Apollo is hands down the #1 winner! No Pandora ads and once you build your playlists and customize them to your liking nothing beats it.

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How do I make a playlist with more than one genre? It seems if I search for an artist/song, it'll only play songs for that genre from then on...

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This sucks.

Google Play will kill the BlackBerry app.

It was good while it lasted I guess.

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I'm hoping that instead of apps keeps working on keeping their browser top class to the point they won't need apps.

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I look forward to the day we can "Louggle" everything.

If you catch that, than you are OK by me.

Alright, alright, alright

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Funny. In that world google would be Skynet and BlackBerry's (the resistance) leader has the initials J.C.

Coincidence you say? I think not!

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Look, I liked Sonza too. But I'm not going to sign up to Google services to get it. This is a low barrier to entry business and the next company will come along shortly. I'm simply not interested in the Google business model of raping you of your privacy.

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Amazon will have to eventually act as Blackberry big brother and aquire different companies that offer competitive services. That's what I think will eventually happen.

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Lol what? Amazon don't give a crap about blackberry.
Amazon only cares about themselves

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Sorry this is off topic, but Google announced that Google Music would be coming to Canada. When?

Yes I've been SQUIRCLEFIED! ™

Slacker is my favorite, had Songza sitting on my Z 10 for a long time just never used and deleted it about a month ago.

Brought to you by the letter Z and the number 10

Or partner with them. Personally these acquisitions like this aren't going to happen. There's. A good reason why BlackBerry is closing their music and videos services for the likes of amazon.

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HTC bought Beats. They threw them out of anger because they thought they needed one good feature to sell smartphones like Apple.

BlackBerry needs to get on this and get Spotify. ASAP.

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I don't think there's any way blackberry can afford Spotify.
But if it was to happen the world would take notice!

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I actually really dig Grooveshark. There is no app available but the mobile website is super smooth and meets all my streaming needs. If BlackBerry wanted to buy into a streaming music website, I think that they'd be worth looking into.

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Google is becoming a dangerously large and powerful company. Competition is being absorbed. I could care less about Songza as I don't use it or any other Google service other than a couple of crappy ports. This is dangerous: privacy and choice is under assault. Be wary and wise Re: Google.

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Google is buying things to improve there services. As long as there aren't the only player left then I can't see your complaint. Apple is in most of the markets Google is in. If BB can't get in these markets then they have to rely on partnerships with Amazon. There are plenty of music services you could pay for if your not on a BB device. It's a problem BB users have with the music platforms not wanting to make apps for BB which BB's problem to fix.

Fortunately Google can't buy everything even though they think they can. Another music service will be born thank goodness.

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I use Jango from the Amazon store. I prefer that setup to the one on Songza. I used to use Songza quite often but haven't since I found Jango. Only thing that would make Jango better would be a native Berry App. I'd pay for that sh!t for sure.

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Man
BlackBerry should follow same instead building from scratch n f up
Like map.m take longer time ti catch

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I have to ask.... why is Google's purchase of an online music streaming service and how it's going to compete with Apple have anything to do with BlackBerry?

Sure many may use the service or use and app that connects to it, but it Not directly working with creating a service for nor in partnership with BlackBerry. I don't get the relationship with this news to BlackBerry.

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I think it's because there are many people using the Android version of Songza on their BB10 phone. This is significant because the Android apps that tend not to work on B10 are the apps that require proper Google Mobile Services for registration. Google uses their Mobile Services as a stick to control Android forks and OEMS. Therefore, there is a very real possibility that this is a precursor to Songza no longer working on BB10.

BBM music (cross-platform integrated with BBM) needs to make a comeback. Oh yeah. Throw cross platform video in there too.

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Another one of those big companies buying small companies. Pretty soon, everything will be controlled by few big corporations & there will be no choice for us consumers. Everyday it's getting harder to avoid Google !(◎_◎;)

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Thank goodness I don't use any of these services and instead find my own music to which I have permanent access.

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Evil.. You should look up the definition but don't do it using a Google search because they'll lie about the definition. It's not evil to improve your service by buying a company. FUD clear and simple.

I looked FUD up in Bing so you got the real meaning.
Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a tactic used in sales, marketing, public relations,[1][2] politics and propaganda.

"FUD is generally a strategic attempt to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information. An individual firm, for example, might use FUD to invite unfavorable opinions and speculation about a competitor's product; to increase the general estimation of switching costs among current customers; or to maintain leverage over a current business partner who could potentially become a rival."

Hmm, perhaps BlackBerry and Amazon will pull together and start pooling resources in a direction that takes aim at filling out their portfolios like screwgle and Facebook, only without the bad rep and underhanded tactics.

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