Songza, a free streaming music service that has expert-made playlists and runs on the web and various touch screen platforms, raised $3.8 million, according to an SEC filing. While Amazon has long been an “unconfirmed” investor listed on AngelList, it parlayed its investment in the earlier Aime St vehicle into Songza. In late 2011 the startup closed what was reportedly a ‘seven-figure’ round of financing led by investors, including Deep Fork Capital, as well as an “undisclosed strategic investor.” Also participating in the round was Geoff Judge, co-founder of 24/7 Real Media.
Falling between Spotify and Pandora, Songza has garnered much praise for allowing users to set up playlists based on day and time (so, work days and weekends), with filters for whatever mood you might be in, such as going to a party, and lets you impress you friends with your music choices in a way that having to curate your Spotify or Pandora choices just can’t.
Headquartered in Long Island City, NY, Songza was built by the team that founded crowd-priced MP3 download store AmieStreet.com in 2006 while at university.