Songza is an online-radio site that’s been around for a while; I’ve (very) occasionally been using it for the past two years or so.
Up until today, the site’s forte was its search feature. You could very easily find a specific track and play it – kind of like what Sad Steve does.
But the new Songza is something completely different; they’ve switched to a “stations” model, where you can select an existing station and request specific songs to be added to its queue. People can up-vote or down-vote your songs, and eventually the queue gets shuffled around according to what most people want to listen to.
That is, if there are actually other people sharing the station with you at that moment. When I tested the site, I felt like I’m there pretty much on my own. I didn’t create my own stations (you can easily do that – just name ten songs by at least six artists, and you’ve got your very own station). But even when just hanging out in the stations they created, I was pretty much in control over the queue.
The interface doesn’t get in your face; it’s pretty much what you would expect. It’s not “geotarded”, as Lee calls it – it works just fine outside of the States, and that’s definitely a plus.
All in all, if you’re looking for a nice place to listen to some music and discover new tunes, Songza is a very nice option. It helped me discover the Austin Powers theme was actually a Quincy Jones tune!