In an interesting twist RIM has partnered with Slacker to bring their radio service to your BlackBerry. The best part is that this will be free compared with the expensive XM radio client. There is no release time frame set in the release but hopefully this is coming soon. My favorite part of this announcement is:
…that will enable listeners to hear their favorite Slacker radio stations wherever they go – even when not connected to a wireless network.
You can read the gist of the press release below:
The Slacker application will provide BlackBerry smartphone users in the U.S. with a robust, high-fidelity personalized music discovery and listening experience pulling from over 100 expertly programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or their own custom-created stations.
Slacker’s unique caching technology will allow listeners to access Personal Radio stations using their BlackBerry smartphones without ever having to manage playlists, research new artists or deal with complicated software again. The Slacker application for BlackBerry smartphones will work with Free Slacker Basic Radio and Slacker Premium Radio.
You can catch the full press release with all the info at this link.