Slacker Radio [Internet Radio Review Series]

slacker-logo-brand-tallSlacker Radio was an app that came preinstalled on my T-Mobile Samsung S3; since I didn’t know what it was, the first thing I did was remove the shortcut from the home screen.  One month when I had used up my 40 hours of music on Pandora I decided to give Slacker Radio a try, and I found myself really enjoying the way it worked.  With Slacker Radio you’re able to create your own station just as with most other internet radios out there, Slacker Radio also has pre-made stations based on the type of music you’re looking- Blues, Jazz, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s …90’s, Classical- just about anything else you can come up with.

Slacker Radio has three levels of service: Free, Radio Plus, and Premium Radio. The free level is supported with video and audio ads which are played after a couple of songs, limited to skipping 6 songs, and is only usable on Mobile Network or WiFi connection.  The next two level are called Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio which cost $3.99 and $9,99, respectively. Neither level has ads, and both allow you to skip as many songs as you want, and if you are a karaoke fan, you are able to get the lyrics to the songs. Both levels also have cache stations for later play when there is no internet connection. You are also able to listen to ABC News and ESPN radio. With the Slacker Premium Radio, you have On Demand controls, playlists, and are able to play individual artists if you wish.

Slacker Radio is supported on just about all possible platforms from web based, to iPhones/iPods/iPads, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, to systems such as Roku, Sonos, and Xbox.


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