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Jay gets his hands on the Slacker Radio application, available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, which allows you to stream ...
music directly to your phone and create your own customized radio stations.
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Hi! I’m Jay Goldman and you’re watching Mr. Mobile on Butterscotch.com. We’re going to take a look at an application today called Slacker Radio which is why I am way overdressed for this episode in a nice buttoned down blue shirt.
Slacker is an on-demand streaming radio station for your mobile device. It’s available for Blackberry Android and iPhone so everybody can play on this game. We’re going to look at it on an iPhone but it’s basically the same experience. Head to Slacker.com to download the application for your various devices, also sign up for an account which you can do from the inside of the application as well if you don’t have one.
Before I get into this with everybody excited, we have five slacker radio account, one year, to give away. So that’s five accounts good for one year and we’re going to have a little contest in order to give them away and I will give you the details about how to enter that contest at the end. But while I’m reviewing the application here, pay attention because this could be yours.
So Slacker is a streaming radio station, internet radio. We’ve seen a bunch of these types of application, we’ve even looked at some of them on a show. Slacker is kind of cool. It’s got some unique features to it that I really quite like particularly in sort of editorial notes so you can kind of edit the kind of music that you’re going to hear even within a station. The thing to keep in mind with these applications on the iPhone, because there’s no backgrounding of applications, if you’re going to listen to Slacker, you have to have the application of iTunes, which means you can’t do other things. So you can’t turn slacker on and then go check your email or surf the web. Not true on other platforms so that’s an iPhone limitation.
So when Slacker pops up, you get kind of this list of stations here. You can browse by genre and the even within different genres, there are a whole bunch of different stations available. So for example, if we go into hip hop and RnB, you’ll see we’ve got things like party, hip hop, RnB, classic soul, funk and that kind of stuff. Just tap on any one of those and you’ll start streaming that station. So we’ll go and find the album artwork for the song that’s playing, it will then go and actually start streaming the phone.
Some controls along the bottom that let’s you control what’s happening with the song so you got your volume control, your typical play/pause, you can mark the song as a favorite, you can also say I never want to hear the song again. And you can skip the song which is kind of an interesting thing. A lot of the streaming stations don’t let you skip ahead. This one does but on the free version, you only have a limited number of skips before you start to run out and then you run into the “you have to upgrade if you want to keep skipping”. So that’s one of the limitations that you’ll find on the free version.
You can also get the lyrics to the song by tapping on the arrow next to the song name here. The other one is to edit the station that you’re playing. In the free version, you’ll get a limited set of lyrics and then you’ll have to upgrade if you want to get the full ones. So again, that’s one of the other perks in getting the full version. And did I mention we’re giving away five of them.
Now, what’s kind of cool about this is you can edit the station as well so that is the top area that I mention before. You can mark a station a favorite or remove it from there. You can edit ratings and that sort of shows you songs that you’ve previously liked or songs that you’ve previously bent.
But what I really like is this fine tune feature here. So jumping into fine tune, actually it let’s you kind of set how the stations are going to play. So for this example, we’re listening to the party hip hop station, I hope you’re also listening to the party hip hop station. You can say, I want more of my favorites or less of my favorites. You can say song popularity right from sort of fringe all the way up to hits. So I want the more obscure stuff or I want the more mainstream stuff. And you can also set the year. So you can say I’m really interested in sort of the classic party hip hop right up to the current stuff and that applies to any other stations. So you can fine tune a station and that’s really a unique feature to slacker. I was quite impressed with that when we were playing around with it.
Good selection of stations available to you. There are also some stuff at the top here things like a slacker spotlight which let’s you see what music they’re spotlighting right now, the top stations that people are listening to, recently played stations you’ve listened to and a fine music feature that let’s you type in an artist and then basically get a radio station of that artist. So you might jump in there for example if you are a big Jay Z fan, type in Jay Z, you would get a Jay Z only station and then you would listen to all of your favorite Jay Z tracks.
Now, as with most internet streaming music and audio applications, there are some geographical limitations here you should be aware of. Slacker Radio in general is available in both US and Canada. I’m sorry for our international viewers, but this one, you’re just going to have to sit out for now. One of the only real differences between those two geographies is that in the US, you can turn on an ad supported mode in the application that allows you to get the full benefit of the account without having to pay for a year. In Canada, unfortunately, you’re going to have to buy the subscription unless you’re one of our lucky five viewers who are going to get a one-year subscription to Slacker Radio, free courtesy of Butterscotch.com.
In order to enter the contest, all you need to do is sign up for Slacker Radio. So go to the Slacker.com website, download the application onto your phone, get it all set up, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pop that up on the screen here and it will also be on the show notes on butterscotch, and send me the username that you signed up with, that’s the email address and a photo of you slacking off to your favorite music on slacker radio. We will pick our favorite five photos and those lucky five viewers will get a one-year subscription to Slacker Radio, courtesy of Butterscotch.
I’m Jay Goldman, this has been Mr. Mobile. Thanks for watching and we’ll catch you next time.