04-23-2010 09:11 PM
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  1. mthompson99556's Avatar
    Overall I love the app but sometimes it pauses randomly. I would love to have the ability to add my own stations. I would be happy to win a license & enjoy the cool streaming music.
    04-02-2010 01:16 PM
  2. l24paws's Avatar
    ever since i first used Slacker it's been the one for me. i love how easy it is to use and has so many choices of music with hours of enjoyment. keep up the good work
    04-02-2010 07:36 PM
  3. flyers2114's Avatar
    I have been using it for a bit now. I like the interface and it is overall a pretty nice app. I would love to be able to create my own stations. Also it does randomly pause, but not to often. I would absolutely enjoy a free membership to really test drive it. Thanks for the chance!
    04-02-2010 09:18 PM
  4. NPR_Aficionado's Avatar
    I LOVE the Slacker app. The variety is way better than Pandora. The audio quality is great as well as the features in the app (seeing skips left, lyrics, etc). I do think some others have left good ideas for improvement, but I am loving the free (ad supported) version right now.

    Great job Slacker!
    04-02-2010 09:28 PM
  5. starblade876's Avatar
    I'm using Verizon's HTC Touch Pro2 for reference. I was looking for a good (and free :p) internet radio app not too long before the leak appeared and was bummed when I didn't get to it then, but I was glad when the official release came out. I've never tried Slacker before, but had heard the name before, so I knew it was at least somewhat reputable. Plus, I consider myself a slacker, so the name works out. :rolleyes:

    One of the most important things of course is the station choices and I am very pleased. As a mushy schmuck, my favorite station type is: Love Songs! So, I'm glad they have one such station. It might not be pleasant for those around me when I sing along, it's highly embarrassing for me, and I know it's awful of me, but I don't care. :D

    That last bit provides a little segue to one of the really neat features in the paid version: lyrics. Yes, sometimes I pretend to sing along to songs even when I don't know the full/correct lyrics (I'm really that horrible sometimes). I also have to echo that the coverart looks great on my screen, better than the ones for the albums I have stored on my phone.

    Another very important thing to me is the ability to multitask (!!!) and Slacker doesn't seem to slack here at all. It doesn't eat up so much resources that I can't do anything else on my phone. I can surf the web without noticing any real problems, too. The audio quality sounds fine to me, but I was never an audiophile or whatever. The player has stopped a few times on songs and the only way to continue playing songs seems to be to skip to the next song. It's happened when the app was in the background, but one of those times was when I wasn't even doing anything else, so maybe there's a glitch somewhere there.

    Someone else mentioned it, too, but it does stop playing (pause?) the music when you try to turn off the backlight. I really hope they fix that because, sometimes, I do like just listening to music, but I don't want to waste battery by powering the screen when I don't need to.

    Also, it really is super-minor, but it'd still be nice if there were a landscape mode.

    Anyway, I'm really loving it so far. It does need a little bit of polishing, but it's still great and I'd definitely recommend it to others.
    04-03-2010 04:19 AM
  6. BanditX2's Avatar
    This is my first post to WMExperts and the Slacker radio app is one that got me to speak up. I love Slacker radio for all the reasons folks have posted prior. Multitasking, cover-art, lyrics, next song played...It is nearly perfect and very finger friendly. Only issue I can see us that when you slide the keyboard and flip your screen to landscape the interface becomes unusable. Need to go back to portrait mode for things to work again but I am pretty sure this has to do with variation from model to model.

    I've been using a hacked-on version of Pandora for the last 6 months but I am finding them hard to compare.
    Slacker - great variety of tunes per channel, you never know what's going to play next. Good choice of various genres to tryout too.
    Pandora - seems to play the same music loop after awhile based on 'harmonic melodies, heavy bass beat and uplifting vocals..." jk. Thinks a bit too much for me.

    Slacker - SUPERIOR sounds quality. I now have my TP2 tied into my car stereo and the tunes are awesome. This has become my #1 music app.
    Pandora - sound quality was very poor (maybe 32kbps quality) to the point that I rarely used it.

    Anyway - GREAT WORK and two thumbs-up to Slacker radio for bringing this to WinMO!!
    04-03-2010 09:03 AM
  7. TechNow's Avatar
    I have been using Slacker Radio since I received my HD2 on T-mobile's launch. I have to admit that it has a outstanding selection of music. Also, the user interface is very intuitive and easy to use with great album art views. My only pet peeve is the limited Bachata selections within the Latin station. However, it is the best i have found yet regarding that genre... Overall i would rate it a 9 out of 10. I have had some problems with the music being choppy but I am pretty sure it is due to the 3G coverage in my area and not Slacker Radio's functionality.

    Keep up the god work.
    04-03-2010 11:29 AM
  8. carlos2008's Avatar
    Slacker Radio was one of the few apps I missed when I went from BlackBerry to WM. So I was thrilled when the app was released. It really is a great music service.

    One thing that I noticed missing (or maybe I'm just not seeing it?) that the BlackBerry version had was the ability to cache stations. On my old EDGE Curve it was necessary just to listen to station much of the time. Now I'm on 3G it would be nice to have for times when I don't have a signal (like on an airplane).
    captobie is
    04-03-2010 08:01 PM
  9. steveymacjr's Avatar
    That price is only if you pay each quarter, the shortest increment they have. If you pay twice a year, you can pay $41.70 & save $3 a quarter. Or paying $71.40 annually saves you $6 per quarter. If they still do their periodic membership drive, there can be even more savings for paying for two years. Compare that to XM online, which is $2.99 a month if included with a radio subscription, but $12.99 if you get the plan by itself.

    To my way of thinking, Slacker & Live 365 are about even. Slacker has more of the popular tunes in the genres I listen to, has lyrics, but less variety of choices within a genre. Live365 has many more stations & a wider variety, but lots of less known stuff (which can be a plus, if you like to explore).

    If you're mostly into music, Slacker has the more popular tunes at a better standalone price than XM online.
    True on all accounts, but one thing i love about the Slacker App, is the ability to skip past a song(up to six)...I also canceled Live365 because I have Kinoma Play which includes all the shoutcast radio stations for FREE! I've also decided to go with the free version of Slacker, because I have a ZuneHD and the ZunePass...lol yea i carry two devices, but the experience on the ZuneHD is better than the experience of just listening to music on my phone & the battery life is longer...add to that the upcoming on Device SmartDJ update, and I have a musical experience that is second to none. I do love choices though..When Windows Phone 7 comes out I'll have an even better experience!
    04-03-2010 09:48 PM
  10. kraski's Avatar
    True on all accounts, but one thing i love about the Slacker App, is the ability to skip past a song(up to six)...I also canceled Live365 because I have Kinoma Play which includes all the shoutcast radio stations for FREE! I've also decided to go with the free version of Slacker, because I have a ZuneHD and the ZunePass...lol yea i carry two devices, but the experience on the ZuneHD is better than the experience of just listening to music on my phone & the battery life is longer...add to that the upcoming on Device SmartDJ update, and I have a musical experience that is second to none. I do love choices though..When Windows Phone 7 comes out I'll have an even better experience!
    At least for the types of music I like, Live365 has much more variety than Shoutcast. And, often, better music. In any case, I think I know at least two music junkies on this forum. :p
    04-04-2010 02:53 AM
  11. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE's Avatar
    I won three subscriptions and replied back e-mail but how I find out if I received the subscriptions? Thank you so much!!
    04-05-2010 02:35 AM
  12. George Ponder's Avatar
    I'd like to thank everyone for participating in this discussion and invited other to add their thoughts on Slacker Radio even though the giveaway is over.

    If you have won one of the prizes, I have forwarded your Slacker information on to our contact and your account should be updated this week to reflect the subscription.
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    04-05-2010 09:28 AM
  13. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE's Avatar
    Do you know when I will receive the subscription? It still shows up as basic radio. Thanks!
    04-08-2010 11:59 PM
  14. kraski's Avatar
    Do you know when I will receive the subscription? It still shows up as basic radio. Thanks!
    The email I got, said this week, so I guess we've got the rest of today. But, just for perspective, mine's still showing as basic subscription, too
    04-09-2010 06:13 AM
  15. kraski's Avatar
    Do you know when I will receive the subscription? It still shows up as basic radio. Thanks!
    Mine switched, this evening. Good through 7/9/10. Got the player cranking on my PC, right now. :D
    04-09-2010 11:21 PM
  16. CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE's Avatar
    Mine switched, this evening. Good through 7/9/10. Got the player cranking on my PC, right now. :D
    Me too. Thanks!!
    04-10-2010 01:23 AM
  17. kraski's Avatar
    Just thought I'd share some thoughts after trying the full-blown Slacker for several weeks. Having won a 3 month subscription, I'm getting my "money's worth" out of it. :p Between Live365 & Slacker, I've pretty much got what I need to enjoy some excellent music. Although Slacker tends to be limited to selections, rather than whole compositions, in the classical genre. But there's much more of the selections I'm familiar with in the jazz genre, all eras.

    I also have a portable XM player & an online subscription.. I'm about to cancel the portable player & may eventually get rid of XM online, as well. Except the Chill channel still has some things I like, but I'm not hearing elsewhere.

    There are a couple of other services that are interesting, but never came up in the discussion here.

    Mundu Radio is free & has it's own player. The bit rate is lower than most of the other services. But, if you like to explore things you haven't necessarily heard a lot in music styles you like, it's a pretty good choice. It worked really well on my Cingular 8525 & my Treo Pro. The player apparently hasn't been updated to display well on the newer high rez screens.

    There's a browser based service called PDATuner that I'm finding interesting. They claim to include somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 stations. It's basically a site that aggregates links to streams from broadcast stations all over the world & includes other things than just music. And they claim to verify the links on a weekly basis, so there aren't supposed to be any dead streams. There's, obviously, a wide range of variety, even within a given type of music. And, given that it's international, that alone can give you some interesting things you're not going to hear on your local stations. The bit rate is lower than Slacker or live365 (more in the FM audio range), but the access fee was only $10 (lifetime) via Handmark, a little higher from other sources.
    04-23-2010 09:11 PM
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