Although Slacker has been kicking it for over five years now, their competitors: Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and others — seem to get all the hype. The web-based music streaming application has just redesigned and built-up their website in attempts to regain rightful attention from listeners.
Doing away with the drab, black with some gold color scheme and introducing a poppier, clean grey, white and blue ensemble, Slacker’s new look is definitely easier on the eyes and caters more to channel surfing, in my opinion.
If you don’t know, Slacker’s schtick is offering human-like music suggestions through it’s electronic facade. With something around 250 ‘hand’-picked “Slacker Stations,” the service appears to be clearly focused more on providing users somewhat of the more classic radio-listening experience. The ‘tune in and ride it out experience;’ putting faith into the DJ’s musical tastes and hoping to possibly hear something awesome that you don’t already know.
Although the app’s update marked more so a cosmetic change, Slacker rolled out some improved functionality to it’s music discovery. It’s “Fine Tune” feature presents four category slide-bars to adjust and precisely pinpoint the filer on your listening experience. These guidelines are ‘Related Artists,’ ‘Favorite Songs’ and ‘Popular Songs’ (in popularity) and ‘Newer or Older Songs.’ That way, listeners can almost zero-in on an exact time period, a movement in a certain musical genre’s history.
Pricing wise, the deal hasn’t changed. Slacker is free-to-use app with restrictions. For free-users, these include having a limited amount of play-skips and you have to sit through fifteen or thirty second ads here and there. You can avoid both with a $3.00 per month Slacker Radio Plus subscription. Slacker Premium members get on-demand listening, custom-made playlists and more for $9.99 per month.
The apps are available for everything and they mimic the web version spot-on. It’s cool, blue boxy usability, along with all it’s features are available, just like the site.
Important: Slacker is offering free Premium service to users on February 14th and 15th only. Get a free try-before-you-buy experience and see if Slacker Radio works for you. We have a feeling that based on it’s wealth of content, ease of use and clean layout, you’ll probably stick around with the service, opting out of the other streaming apps out there.