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Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature.  The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.

Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.

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Slacker Radio for Android gets redesigned and new ‘My Vibe’ feature

Slacker_New_Redesign_September_2013_02When 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.

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Breathe new life into that old android phone by turning it into an personal media player


As new devices continue to come out, chances are you will find one that really catches your eye. Of course that means you’re stuck with the old device unless you sell it on Swappa or trade it in. However, it seems used smartphones are depreciating a lot quicker since newer phones are hitting the market just as fast. If you can’t sell your old device or you don’t want to, then do the next best thing. Take that old phone and turn it into a portable media player. Not sure about how to go about doing that? Well you’re in the right place. Hit the break to get started.

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A hitchhiker’s guide to the best free and paid Android music streaming apps

Most people that own a smartphone also use their phone to double as an mp3 player. It might not be the primary use of the phone, but it’s a popular feature nonetheless. If you only listen to just a little bit of music, storing all of your music locally on internal storage or an SD card is usually a quick, simple solution. But if you have a large music collection or perhaps your device lacks storage or an SD card slot, storing it all locally may not be an option. Like with all things Android, though, there’s always an alternative! In this case, most heavy music listeners opt for music streaming. The market for music streaming is pretty crowded, however, so the point of this guide is to walk you through some of the more popular options and choose which streaming service is the right option for you. Hit the break to find out more. Read more

Slacker Radio is providing your NCAA Men’s Basketball fix

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.


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Google Music Adoption Lower Than Expected

Google Music has been around for a few months now, and according to a CNET exclusive, Google told music labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected. Since the service is still pretty new, no one at Google is too worried. They still haven’t marketed Google Music as aggressively as they could, and Google told the record companies that certain issues are still being worked on. But that’s little comfort for some folks in the music industry, sources said.

When Google Music launched in November, there was a potential customer base of over 200 million users of Android devices. That’s a big enough audience to make Google’s answer to iTunes a music powerhouse. Converting just 10% of the user base would equate to 20 million customers. The potential is there, but is Google’s strategy too dated?

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Top 5 Free Apps for Android Beginners

So you got yourself a new Android smartphone on the recommendations of fellow work nerds, your nerdy brother, or the resident Best Buy sales clerk who just loves Android! You take it out of the box, give it a nice wipe with your hand, turn it on….and now what? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

There’s so many different things about an Android device that sets it apart from the iPhones and BlackBerrys out there, and you’ll soon find out just how versatile it can be. We’ll tell it like it is here, it can be a challenge for Android beginners to figure their way around the operating system. So what we’ll do is look at the best apps to get you rolling the fastest with anything you’re likely going to want to do, like say…tell all your friends and followers on facebook and twitter that you just got the latest Android! They will be jealous.

See the Top 5 apps below.

Live Sports Events Will Be Streamed Thanks to New Deal With ESPN

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 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.


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Slacker Radio is now compatible with the Ford SYNC AppLink

If you have a Ford vehicle with the SYNC Applink, you’re in luck because Slacker Radio is now compatible. With the Slacker Radio app on your Android phone you can select Slacker stations by using your car’s voice or audio system controls. You can even skip songs, ban songs, or set favorites. When you travel to areas with limited data connectivity, you can still listen to your stored music.

If you already have a Ford car with the SYNC Applink, all you need to do is update your Slacker app in the Android Market. SYNC AppLink is available on the 2012 Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Fiesta, Mustang, F-150, F-150 SVT Raptor, Super Duty, Expedition, E-Series and Shelby GT500. The 2012 Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid and Navigator feature SYNC AppLink as standard equipment.

Don’t forget our contest for a chance to win 3-months of Slacker Premium Radio for free.

Full press release after the break:

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Interactive ESPN Radio content comes to Slacker Radio

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.

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Full press release after the break:

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