When it comes to listening to music, Slacker Radio is still my go-to app. It not only has one of the largest selection of songs, the curated and genre stations are the best available. Last week, Slacker updated the app for iOS with a complete redesign and a new feature called “My Vibe”, and this week Android users get treated to the same.
The new design makes it easier to find the music you’re in the mood for, and if you’re having trouble figuring it out, then tap on the new “My Vibe” feature. This allows you to select an activity based on what you’re doing or what mood you are in, and it will suggest handcrafted playlists from Slacker’s team of curators. Yes, they are human and they do an awesome job.
If you haven’t tried Slacker yet, hit one of the download links after the break and thank me later. If you already use Slacker, go get the update and let me know what you think.
Streaming radio app Slacker Radio has released a major update taking them up to version 4.0. No details are provided regarding any under the hood improvements, but the user interface has received a major overhaul. Incorporating elements of the Holo design guidelines, the new interface utilizes a blue and white theme that matches up with an overhaul of their web site.
Slacker Inc. , a.k.a. Slacker Radio, has just recently announced their new lifestyle stations that will present talk radio focusing on personalized interests of men and women everywhere. Much like the music app allowing its listeners to skip music as they choose, lifestyle listeners will too be able to customize their talk radio experience. Sounds pretty interesting if you ask me! I wonder if there’s a station for preparing properly for the zombie apocalypse?! Hit the break for more details in the press release.
If you’re stuck at work and you can’t watch the NCAA game you’ve been dying to see, then Slacker Radio is coming to your rescue. The radio app will stream the NCAA Men’s Basketball action in partnership with Dial Global.
There are a few other apps that can also bring you the NCAA tournament on your phone, including the NCAA March Madness Live app.
For some Slacker Radio action, check out the Play Store download link, and the press release after break.
Play Store Download Link
Good news for those of you who are sports fans and love Slacker Radio. They have announced this morning that they signed a deal with ESPN that will allow the streaming of live sports events in addition to the normal streaming of ESPN Radio shows. As you know, in September, Slacker announced that they were launching personalized ESPN Radio stations catered to your favorite sports and teams and with today’s announcement you will be able to listen in on the big sporting events straight from Slacker.
You can try this new deal out via Slacker.com when Slacker broadcasts the BCS Championship tonight. While you aren’t able to stream them just yet through your Android device, an update for that will be released soon. ESPN Radio is free but if you want the “full” ESPN experience you can upgrade to Slacker Radio Plus or Slacker Premium Radio for $3.99 per month or $9.99 per month respectively.
Slacker Radio is going to be all over CES 2012 this week so stay tuned for anymore announcements they make.
[via Android Central]
Sonos just announced Sonos System Software 3.6 which brings Android tablet support. Sonos is the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems, and it allows you to stream “all the music on earth” wirelessly in every room. Now you can control it wirelessly with an Android tablet, including the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet S, and others. Previously it was only available to Android phones.
In addition, you can now listen to your favorite or custom Slacker Radio stations. Spotify integration is now improved as users now have access to their Spotify Inbox and can now play music from Spotify’s new releases and top tracks.
Last but not least, Sonos is introducing Sonos Labs, which is a new Beta environment. Users will have the ability to test out new services before they are officially launched.
Full press release after the break:
There are so many ways to listen to music with your computer or phone, but when you don’t want to have a database or cloud storage, Slacker Radio can’t be beat. Even the free version gives you so many options, but where Slacker really excels is with the premium subscription which makes any artist or song, from the library of over 8 million songs, on demand. That’s right, you can not only customize your stations the way you want, but you can listen to whatever you want whenever you want. That includes music, sports, news, and comedy.
At $9.99 per month it’s a steal, but how about 3 months free? The folks over at Slacker were kind enough to give us five 3-month subscriptions for our readers. It’s quite simple, just head over to our forum contest thread (link below) and tell us why you think Slacker is the best music app. Get your entry in by Thursday, December 1 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick five random winners and let you know on Friday, December 2. Good luck!!!
Talk Android kiddies (and your parents especially) listen up– take a look at the Radio Disney app. This kid-friendly app allows you to stream Radio Disney no matter what time of the day or where you may be. That means you can rock out in the middle of the night during slumber parties or sleepovers. You can also be interactive with the app by requesting songs, sending shout-outs to your friends/family, see recently played songs, and even listen to your local Radio Disney station. The app, similar to other streaming apps such as Pandora or Slacker will also allow you the ability to run it in the background. The app is free and will make a great addition to kids’ Android phones or tablets. Hit the break for the download link, QR code, and some screenshots taken from my own phone of the cool app.
Yesterday Slacker Radio updated their Android app which added ESPN Radio content. If you are a free Slacker Basic Radio listener, you will have access to an interactive, programmed ESPN station. Things get a little better for Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscribers because they will have unlimited access that includes ad-free listening along with unlimited skips. Users will be able to create “highly personalized” myESPN Radio sports stations based on favorite sports, teams, or ESPN programs.
“Offering new and different ways for sports fans to access ESPN Radio content continues to be rewarding and exciting,” said Traug Keller, Senior Vice President, Production Business Divisions, ESPN, Inc. “This new relationship puts the fan more in control by providing customizable ESPN content.”
Slacker was already awesome, but if you are a big sports fan, this is a marriage made in heaven.
Android Market download or apps database for QR code
Full press release after the break:
There are a few decent streaming music apps out there. All of which offer their own unique way of delivering its media. I’m pretty fickle when it comes to how I stream my music. I can go from Pandora to Last.fm to Slacker Radio. And sometimes I’ll use Radiotime for my local flavor.
Just as a quick note to all the fans of Slacker Radio, it’s been updated! See below for the list of recent changes.
What’s in this version:
1. This build includes numerous fixes including:
2. Caching stations over 4G/LTE 3. Station selections after automatic refresh
4. App launching on some 1.5 OS phones.
5. EVO USERS: If you experience errors, please contact Sprint Technical Support at 1-888-211-4727 and ask the Rep to apply the work around listed as: ‘HTC EVO 4G (A9292) – UPDATED 2-1-2011: Streaming multimedia applications receiving errors on software version 3.70.651.1′ in Sprint’s device portal