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  • Slacker Radio gets On-Demand

    Posted on January 6th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    My favorite online streaming music service is Slacker Radio. If you are unaware of Slacker, think of Pandora or Last.FM.  I believe the Slacker offering has the best user interface, a great selection of music, nice free (and relatively cheap paid) offerings, and was the first to offer on-device mobile applications with caching of music for offline use. I have my custom Rock Band Radio station over there too.

    Today, at CES, the folks at Slacker announced the next generation of their web-based and mobile applications.  Most of it has been expected for a while, but good to see that they are pushing the marketing on it. Let’s get into the announcement.

    This news comes to us from Hypebot and ZatzNotFunny who had a chance to interview folks at Slacker.

    SOURCE: zatznotfunny.comPremium Radio

    This has been quietly announced on for many months.  This is a paid offering allowing users to select any song in the Slacker library on-demand for immediate listening.  I have heard that this paid offering will cost users a scary $9.99 per month, which is an extremely expensive cost in my opinion.  This new offering will compete immediately with Zune Pass, Rhapsody, Napster, and similar services.  It could also compete with iTunes and Amazon’s download services.

    As a regular Slacker user,  who actually uses the application for BlackBerry to D.J. parties, I love the new on-demand capabilities of Slacker Premium.  As a cheapskate, I’m not sure I can stomach the 10 bucks a month.  I will give it a trial when it comes available though.

    Mobile App Improvements

    With the upcoming release of Slacker, smartphone users will now get the ability that their web counterparts have, including creating and modifying custom stations on the phone. I believe this feature will only be available for the $9.99 premium plan, but I do anticipate the $3.99/$4.99 Slacker Plus might have this option, and likely not available to the free plan.

    iPad App

    There already is a Slacker Radio app for just about every device, including iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.  Now, there will be a specific app for iPad with high resolution graphics taking advantage of the large screen size.

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