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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Songza is a free app for listening to music online, much like Pandora Radio and Spotify. The difference is that Songza offers a library of music playlists created and categorized by Songza staff ("music experts") as well as users of the website Songza.com. Songza doesn't filter explicit content, so teens could encounter songs and playlists with iffy language and references to violence, sex, and drugs. Users are not required to connect to Facebook, but if they do, their listening activity will be published unless they adjust the privacy settings. Additionally, Songza app users automatically receive a public profile at Songza.com, with no option to make their listening activity private.
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What's it about?
The Songza app allows users to search for and listen to playlists created by Songza music experts and users of Songza.com website. The app has a number of ways for users to search Songza's archive of playlists. Users can search by activity, genre, decade, and mood. Listeners can also browse trending playlists or consult with the "concierge" to find a fitting soundtrack for the moment by providing the day of the week, time of day, and current activity. Users can share what they're listening to on Facebook, Twitter, or by email, and can click a link to buy the song on iTunes. Listeners can give songs the thumbs-up or thumbs-down to personalize playlist suggestions.
Is it any good?
SONGZA offers listeners free access to skillfully crafted playlists that are (for now) also free of disruptive audio ads. The search categories provide a clever and entertaining way to access Songza's extensive music collection. And even though listeners can't pick and choose songs and can only skip a few songs per hour, the lack of control is part of the charm. Songza introduces listeners to artists and songs they might otherwise never come across.
Songza could reach a larger audience with the option to filter explicit content; as it is, users can encounter mature lyrics and themes. Additionally, it's important for users to understand their Songza accounts are public at Songza.com, with no privacy controls; all listening activity on the Songza app is published on the user profile.
Talk to your kids about ...
Explore Songza with your teens; share some of your favorite genres and playlists and invite them to do the same.
Extend the learning with your teen by researching unfamiliar genres or artists together as you listen.
Use the Songza search features to help your teen identify how he or she is feeling. Explore the music that fits their mood.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, global awareness
Arts: music, rhythm, singing
- Skills: Tech Skills: evaluating media messages
Emotional Development: identifying emotions
Communication: listening, multiple forms of expression
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 11, 2012
- Category: Music
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 25.80 MB
- Publisher: Songza Media, Inc.
- Version: 2.50
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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