Songza, a search engine for all music!

Gotta love it! Digital technology is inspiring tremendous amount of innovation and it shows no signs of stopping. Hardware is becoming cheaper as its power grows exponentially. This in turns allows rapid expansion of broadband speeds and access and growing number of multimedia resources and uses on the internet. Today you literally do not need to download and store your music before listening to it. Instead you tune in to one of the hundreds of internet radio stations playing more music and less commercials than most traditional radio stations.

Or you go to a web site like Songza.com, type in the artist or song name and click. It will stream right away. No registrations and no payments required, yet just about all songs you can imagine seem to be available. You can even do playlists and rate the song quality as good or bad in order to help make those of good quality rank higher in their search results. Beneath the hood it actually seems to be searching the web for all music files which are streamable, regardless of whether they are part of some video on youtube and other video sites or is uploaded by someone on a public space.

It probably isn’t even too vulnerable to the lawsuits by the music industry considering that it doesn’t actually provide songs for download and doesn’t really facilitate illegal music sharing as much as it merely, like Google and Yahoo, indexes what’s available out there. So if Songza is to be sued for doing that, Google too should be sued for indexing whatever “illegal” material is out there.

So in short, I love it!

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  • http://sj-life.blogspot.com/ DJSJ

    Thanks for the link.

  • http://www.musicvistas.com Marvin

    Songza is a nice site, if you like that one you'll also like musicvistas.com, it's even simpler.

  • free-zombie

    They are safe from law suits because they pay the music industry per play.

  • admin

    Thanks Marvin, musicvistas.com looks cool as well, though also dependent on flash.

    free-zombie, hm well I guess that solidifies their case for not being sued. :P Seriously though, yeah that kinda sucks doesn't it?

    I guess I could be extremely principled in my opposition to the industry and not use songza then, but then I might as well stop listening to most of the music I like to listen to because they're in some way supportive of the industry. Where do I draw the line?

    Nowhere. I don't care. Services like songza help more than they hurt music lovers by paying off the industry, and it might even help the industry realize (if there is anyone stupid enough left not understanding it already) that DRM is dead and that the less restrictive and draconian they become the happier everyone (including even them).

    Meanwhile, the new music site we'll be building on top of jamendo will help propagation of the less restrictively contracted/licensed music (CC etc.).

    Cheers

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