Slacker is a streaming music service that offers custom radio stations based on your musical tastes, much like Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify, just to name a few others. Slacker also offers apps for BlackBerry, Android, iOS, WebOS, and Windows Mobile. Like many of its competitors, the basic Slacker service doesn’t provide on-demand access to any song at any time, but rather creates “stations” based on songs, artists, or genre. There are also a number of presets, including “top stations” and “Slacker Spotlight,” if you’re feeling too lazy to enter an artist or song name to get started on your own.
You can use Slacker Radio for free, but the free version limits the number of songs you can skip in a given period and includes advertisements. For $3.99 per month you can go ad-free and skip as many songs as you like. This plan also lets you cache songs for offline listening.
This week Slacker also a Slacker Premium Radio plan which runs $9.99 per month and igives you the ability to play any song in Slacker’s library any time you like. Slacker has a few million songs to choose from, so that’s a pretty good deal — if you don’t mind spending $120 a year on a subscription music service. This plan won’t be available until November though.
I took Slacker Radio’s basic app for a spin on my Nexus One, and the audio quality and music selection is good, but I can see how the ads would get annoying enough after a while to justify springing for one of the paid plans.
You can check out more screenshots after the break.
I think it’s worth mentioning that if you’re on the free version it stops working after a month or two.
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