Slacker has just released version 2.0 of the popular Slacker Radio app for Android. With the newest version, Radio Plus subscription users now have the ability to cache their favorite radio station for listening when no connection is possible. There are a number of streaming radio/music apps on the Android market, including the Slacker Radio and Pandora. I have been a big fan of Pandora, but with this update, Slacker Radio makes itself stand out from the rest. True, you are required to pay for the Radio Plus subscription for the caching feature, but you can try it for free for 14 days, and if you don’t like it, you still get the other great Slacker Radio features.
The free version of Slacker Radio comes with all the following features:
- Free application and free service
- Over 100 expert-programmed stations
- Create your own custom stations
- Convenient radio widget mode
- Integrated Twitter support
- Vertical and horizontal modes
- Displays album art, reviews and bios
- With a Radio Plus subscription, you can listen even when you are not connected
And with a paid subscription, you get these features as well:
- Caching of stations for play without a connection
- unlimited song skips
- unlimited song requests
- ad-free listening
- complete song lyrics
I’ve been trying out Slacker Radio for some time and trying to determine if I want that, or Pandora or Last.fm etc. Spotify also has an offline caching feature, but it is only available through a paid subscription, but does not currently work in the US, so I cannot test it, or give my opinion of it.
I have found the quality of Slacker to be pretty good, and the music selection a little better than my Pandora account, but then again, I am not very good at setting up personal stations. If you are constantly in locations without signal, the Slacker Radio app with a Radio Plus account might be a good option for you, or you can simply listen to your own music on your phone without it. However, if you are like me, you don’t really keep a collection of music on your phone and the idea of having a wide variety that you don’t necessairly have to pay for, streaming music that is, then any of these apps are good and if you hate ads, like to skip around and such, again look for the Radio Plus account to be your choice. $50 a year? You probably spend more money on beer in a month.
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