By now, you may have heard that Google acquired Songza for a rumored $15 million. That's a bargain, when you consider Apple's recent $3-billion purchase of Beats, which sells headphones, speakers and a streaming music service.\nThe big question about Songza: Is this streaming music service, available online as well as in free Android and iOS apps, a worthy alternative to Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music and all the other streaming music services?\nThe short answer: Absolutely. It only took a few minutes exploring the app to get me hooked.\nSongza presents you with all sorts of curated music playlists. You have to sign in via Facebook or create a new account, but after that, you can start browsing to see what fits your mood.\n\nFor example, on the Wednesday night when I installed and gave Songza a try for the first time, the app opened in Concierge mode. Songza presented me with music categories it thought would be appropriate for a Wednesday night, such as "Brand New Music," "Working Out," "Unwinding," "Spending Time With Your Kids" and "Summer Break."\nTapping one of those categories gives you a choice of sub-categories. Tapping on "Summer Break," for instance, reveals such options as "Sitting Around a Bonfire" and "Dancing Barefoot on the Lawn." Tapping the latter gets you three playlists to choose from, including "Classic Rock Summer."\u00a0\nIn general, I like the song selections in the playlists. I also appreciate the many other ways to get playlists tailored to specific activities, moods, genres and decades. One option under "Activities," for instance, is "Cocktail Party," which is made up of lots of fun playlists, including "Vintage Cocktail Hour Swing." There\u2019s even a "Southern Soul Barbecue" playlist.\nSongza says it employs about 50 music curators, and their efforts show. It\u2019s a terrific app for anyone who wants to discover new music specifically tailored to what they\u2019re feeling at a given time.\nThe free version is probably fine for most people, but for $3 a month, you can get rid of all of the ads. (For the record, I didn\u2019t find the ads to be too intrusive.) That\u2019s the same amount you\u2019d pay for a year of ad-free Pandora, by the way \u2014 both are a bargain, in my opinion. The Beats Music service, which also gives you curated playlists, is $10 per month. Spotify, which allows you to create your own playlists, also costs $10 a month.\nThe bad news, if you\u2019re not a Google fan, is that The Big G plans to fold Songza\u2019s playlists into its $10-a-month Google Play Music All Access subscription service. So enjoy the free Songza \u2014 while you still can.