At CES 2010 we had the pleasant opportunity of sitting down with Slacker SVP of Marketing Jonathan Sasse, as he gave us a complete run through of Slacker radio Apps on mobile devices such as Blackberry, Android OS, iPhone, iPod Touch and Palm Web OS. The software apps demoed were all in beta forms, but represented an update to the current versions on the Blackberry, Android, iPhone & iPod touch. Though the Palm Web OS version is Slackers first irritation on the device.
Some of the cool new features Slacker showed, which I personally like was the ability to cache you a station or several station onto your SD Card or internal memory (iPhone). A user can easily tag a station to be cached, so you get continuous station play if you are on a plane or just in a no signal area Though this feature isn’t currently present in the Palm Web OS version of the app.. Twitter integration has also been included in the new app build, so you can twitter away your new favorite station or song. Slacker has also partnered with ABC to have news updated streamed to your station on the hour every hour, like a regular station, though the featured can be turned on or off.
Another cool feature ported fro the Slacker web services to the updated build is the Ban feature. No-more dealing with songs you don’t like or an artist you lost favor with. You can simple send that song or artist into exile. Though bring back the artist or song has to be done on the Slacker website and not the mobile app. The new features added bring slacker out as a true alternative to radio, with the ability to customize you music experience by building and creating your custom station, that can be automatically be refreshed and updated. Allowing the user to have a PMP experience with a radio station feel, which I think Slacker aims to achieve. The updated version should be out in a few weeks ( I say around Feb 14th That’s when Palm Pre & Pixie come out on Verizon). Enough of me yapping, take a look at Slacker BlackBerry ver 3.0, Android iPhone & iPod touch ver 2.0 and Palm Pre & pixie ver.
Part 1 BlackBerry Ver. 3.0
Part 2 Android, , iPhone, iPod Touch Ver 2.0 & Palm Web OS Ver 1.0
Slacker Radio Showcases Mobile Breakthroughs and New Mobile Music Apps
Slacker Reveals Station Caching for iPhone and iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry Smartphones and Demos Slacker on Palm Pre and Palm Pixi
LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2010 – During CES 2010, Slacker, Inc. demonstrated new mobile capabilities including station caching for a range of popular devices that will enable listeners to enjoy the Slacker experience without a network connection. Slacker also showed a new Slacker app for the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi in addition to announcing plans to integrate ABC News into the Slacker Personal Radio offering.
The new wireless station caching capability will enable iPhone, iPod touch, Android and BlackBerry smartphone users to save their favorite Slacker stations, storing the music directly on the device or SD memory Card, to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not.
Slacker Radio 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch – Greater performance with wireless station caching for listening to music without a network connection
Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android – Enhanced functionality, including wireless station caching
Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones – Streamlined interface and improved performance with integrated wireless station caching
Slacker Radio for Palm webOS – New free Slacker Radio mobile app for Palm Pre and Palm Pixi smartphones
ABC Headline News – Addition of ABC News to Slacker Radio providing up-to-the minute breaking stories and reports
“Station caching has been a very popular feature with our listeners using BlackBerry smartphones and we are pleased to not only offer wireless caching for those users, but to present this capability for the first time to the iPhone, iPod touch and Android in the coming weeks,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “With the upcoming addition of ABC News and a Slacker mobile app for the Palm webOS, we’re excited to provide listeners with an engaging and seamless listening experience wherever they go.”
With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor,
Slacker Personal Radio, available online at www.Slacker.com, enables listeners to create their own Personal Radio stations based on any artist or mix of artists, or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations ranging from Alternative Rock to Comedy and everything in between. Personalization options include rating songs or artists, playing more popular vs. more eclectic music and listening to newer vs. classic songs.
Whether listening on the web, BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smartphones or a Slacker-enabled TV or Blu-ray player, Slacker listeners have instant access to their favorite music along with artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art.