Earlier this month, the mixtape-ish music service Songza impressed us by launching free music stations that apply to specific situations, Music Concierge. Our favorite: the station that includes only instrumental music with no lyrics, because it’s easier to work listening to that than, say, word-heavy rap music.
There’s a good reason that one of the most popular rooms on Turntable.fm is always “indie while you work”: lots of the people who spend all day streaming music are also doing something else with their brains.
However, there’s more to situational music programming than just finding the right music to work to; Songza also has stations for waking up, taking the day off, and listening to famous peoples’ music collections (like Steve Jobs’ iPod).
On Wednesday morning, Songza unveiled a new version of its iOS app that also includes the Music Concierge feature, offering a nice new option for finding something to listen to when you only sort of know what you’re looking for, depending on what time it is and what day it is — now on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, in addition to on the web.
This is a nice development. It’s not quite the “LifeListen” app I’ve been dreaming of, but it’s a step in the right direction. For more on Songza Music Concierge, check out our earlier coverage of the web version.