Songza says it launched ad-free pay version in response to listeners' requests

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 1:40pm

Songza, the pureplay webcaster that offers the listener curated music streams based on their moods and current activities, is launching a $0.99/week premium version of its service, "Club Songza."

The subscription version of Songza is ad-free and offers twice as many "song skips" as the free, ad-supported version. It's also available on the web and mobile devices alike.

Songza CEO and co-founder Elias Roman told TechCrunch the move was a response to listener demand.

The ad-supported option will remain for Songza's nearly five million monthly active users, the company reports. Songza is available in the U.S. and Canada only.

To compare with Songza (about $4.30/month), Pandora's ad-free/higher-quality audio Pandora One service is $3.99/month, but only $36 for the entire year (so, $3/month for those willing to commit). Pandora listeners who listen for free on mobile devices are given the option of paying $0.99 for usage above the 40-hour/month cap. Apple's forthcoming iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match customers, who pay $24.99/year (slightly more than $2/month). Premium versions of on-demand services like Spotify and MOG begin at $4.99/month (but those don't include mobile apps).

According to Hypebot (here), last week Songza also partnered with the Home Shopping Network to provide background music for the site's msotly older female shoppers. The deal includes, with 12 million unique visitors monthly, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, and Garnet Hill.

Read more in TechCrunch here.

Spotify offers ad-free, unlimited premium service free for 30 days

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 1:10pm

On-demand music service Spotify's will now let you try their premium plan for 30 days for free.

Spotify does have a free, ad-supported version of its service. But for subscribers, the music is ad-free and can stream to most major mobile devices (Apple, Android, Symbian, and Windows).Spotify artist radio

Just last week Spotify announced it had re-tooled its customizable Internet radio feature (RAIN coverage here), now allowing listeners to create radio streams based on favorite artists, songs or genres (a la Pandora). Read Sean Ross' "First Listen" to Spotify Radio (in which he protests that he's really not a big Nickelback fan) here.

Spotify's move may be a reaction to new on-demand startup, which this week launched an unlimited access service boasting 10 million tracks and mobile access with a $2/month introductory price for ad-free listening (more here). 

Keep in mind that if you do decide to take Spotify up on their offer, you'll need to give them a credit card number. If you sign up, you're on the hook for regular automatic recurring payments if you don't cancel before the 30-day trial is up. You also need to register with your Facebook account.

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