Songl music-streaming service relaunches
Music-streaming service Songl has finally relaunched after many months of being in closed beta.
Songl gets a new look and mobile apps, but is it enough to differentiate itself from market-leaders like Spotify?
As reported last month, the joint venture between Sony Music, Universal Music and Southern Cross Austereo has exited beta status. The music-streaming service will be available as a 30-day trial for new and existing users when signing up using an email address or Facebook login.
While the interface has been given a new lick of paint, Songl hopes to differentiate itself from other streaming services on the market with its label and radio tie-ins. Listeners familiar with Austereo shows will see a range of hosts providing playlists, while videos of guest interviews can be streamed directly from the site.
After the initial trial period, fees will be AU$12.99 per month for unlimited desktop, mobile and Sonos listening. Streaming quality will be available as either 128kbps or 320kbps, and mobile users can cache up to 1000 tracks on their device for offline listening.
Songl has updated apps available for Android and iOS, though at the time of writing, the app wasn't found on the iTunes Store and the Android version on Google Play has not yet been updated. Existing playlists created previously are still available through the new interface.
What Songl looked like before relaunch (top) and how it appears now (bottom).
(Screenshot by CBSi)
At AU$12.99 per month, Songl is on par with other streaming services for Australian listeners, which offer mobile and desktop listening.
According to Songl, the catalogue spans "over 100,000" artists, though an exact number of tracks available is only cited as being in the millions. The service has music from artists signed to Universal Music, EMI Music and Sony Music, with some independent labels also represented.