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slacker radioAnyone who even remotely enjoys music – and I believe that’s most of us – will absolutely love it when they discover new music that they like. We have a number of highly popular music services which allow us to do just that, including Spotify and Pandora Pandora Launches A Massive Update For Their Android App [Updates] Pandora Launches A Massive Update For Their Android App [Updates] Pandora users who own an Android and feel like the app is lagging behind the iOS version can breathe a sigh of relief, as a massive update has closed the gap. The popular music streaming... Read More . However, those definitely aren’t the only names in the music discovery business. In fact, some have existed for quite a while, including Slacker Radio.

About Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio is one of the original music discovery services. It uses the radio system in which there are different radios for different genres of music. The radios aren’t a live stream, but rather a collection of items which Slacker plays. Therefore, skipping songs is possible (although limited on the free version). Slacker Radio was also one of the very first “must-have” apps for Android.

Currently, the service is available through their website, as well as through mobile apps which are available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, Nokia, and Palm. There are also apps for some home devices from Sony, Acoustic Research, Logitech, Sonos, and Roku 6 Reasons Why You Need A Roku [Opinion] 6 Reasons Why You Need A Roku [Opinion] Electronics can be evil. A short time ago I wrote an article about using the Xbox 360 as a media center. I concluded that it wasn’t the best choice. Sensing my betrayal, the 360 promptly... Read More .

Interface

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Although there is a paid version available which removes ads and certain limitations, the free version of Slacker Radio works amazingly well. You may or may not be required to create an account before you use it on a mobile device, but regardless, it would be best to do that so you can keep all your stations and settings wherever you log in.

Upon first launch, you’ll find some quick links to common Slacker Radio resources, including a search function, an organized list of all Slacker Radio stations, station/playlist creation, favorite songs, and special content such as ABC and ESPN Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS] Get Detailed Sports Scores And Stats With ESPN Scorecenter [Android & iOS] Whether you'd like to admit it or not, everyone has a favorite team in at least one sport. I follow multiple teams myself across different sports and always want to be able to follow their... Read More . For pure music, you’ll most likely want to browse through Slacker’s station collection.

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Stations

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As the 298 might have already alluded, Slacker has plenty of stations to keep you happy.

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All of them are organized into larger categories, and within you’ll find the specific stations for certain genres.

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When you’ve picked out a station you’d like to play, click on the play button on the right edge of the screen. This will send you to the station interface, which includes what song is playing along with other relevant information, track progression, and the album art. Along the bottom of the screen you can pause the song, skip forward (although free users are limited to 6 skips per day across all stations), a favorites button and a block button.

Preferences

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Slacker Radio also includes a wealth of preferences for you to mess around with. You can connect Slacker to your Facebook account, allow explicit content to be played, enable Ford SYNC support, resume playback on startup, keep the screen on while Slacker is open, enable wireless refresh, adjust audio quality, preload tracks, and configure headline news and ESPN updates. Essentially, these settings go into a good amount of detail, and it’s great to see Slacker support some interesting technologies such as Ford SYNC.

Installation

All mobile users should be able to easily install Slacker Radio through their regular sources by searching for “slacker radio“. For added convenience, Android users can find the application here while iOS users can find it here.

Website

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The website has a similar interface which is very easy to navigate around. You simply browse for the station you’d like to play by looking in the appropriate category, and hit play. Slacker will offer some recommendations for popular stations, but the point of the website is to find your music and get going.

Conclusion

I love Slacker Radio. Although I do personally prefer DI Radio Enjoy Streaming Music On The Go With DI.FM & Sky.FM [Android & iOS] Enjoy Streaming Music On The Go With DI.FM & Sky.FM [Android & iOS] There is no doubt that music is a big part of many people's lives. People get their music through many different methods, from CDs, to iTunes to streaming music. Indeed, there are some pretty good... Read More more, there are plenty of people who will appreciate Slacker Radio’s ability to pause and skip songs at will, something that isn’t possible on DI Radio. If you need to check out some new music, or if you just want to try out a new genre, Slacker is definitely worth your time!

What’s your favorite music discovery/streaming service? Why do you like it the most? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Raghav Gupta
    November 3, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Had heard of it. Will give it a try

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