Last summer, Google acquired popular music streaming service Songza, which launched back in 2007. Fast forward to today, the founders of Songza have announced the service will shut down, as its features have been ported over to Google Play Music, where the service will live on only in spirit.
The following letter was sent to subscribers (via Venture Beat), while a video was also released as well:
Thanks to Google Play Music (and our kick-ass team, which continues to grow faster than a Twista verse), we’ve been able to bring what you love about Songza to a new audience of music fans in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Japan, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Austria (*wipes brow*) — with even more countries coming soon.
Also announced today is the launch of free Google Play Music Radio in Canada, supported by ads, similar to the version launched back in the U.S. this June. This option allows customers to listen to music supported by ads, instead of paying the $9.99 CAD per month fee, which allows unlimited access to over 35 million songs, offline playback, unlimited skips and 50,000 cloud song storage.
If you can live with ads, free streaming music is widely available in Canada through apps such as Spotify, Songza (before it shuts down in Jan. 2016) and now Google Play Music.