It looks like Slacker for BlackBerry is doing quite well. It took them a bit longer than MySpace but they are definitely sticking around for the long haul.
They do seem to like comparing themselves to Pandora so I guess it cannot hurt to share:
- Slacker Radio offers 2+ Million tracks – 4 times as many as Pandora
- Slacker Radio offers stereo audio – Pandora only offers mono (single channel)
- Slacker Radio offers station caching so you can listen to radio even when you don’t have a signal
I see why they think they are better than Pandora. On the other hand I have one request from Slacker; caching over Wi-Fi. Slacker Radio requires that you plug your BlackBerry into a PC for it to cache radio stations. Since I am on a hosted BES I only plug mine in every month or two when I upgrade the OS. I just wish it could sync and download the radio cache over WiFi while I am sleeping… I digress.
In case you have not already done so you can pick up Slacker Radio free by pointing your BlackBerry to www.slacker.com. It is only available in the US for devices with OS 4.3+. You need 500mb free on your memory card for station caching.
Just as a reminder the feature list is:
- High-quality stereo playback from all streaming wireless connections (including Wi-Fi) and cached stations
- Station caching – play music even without a network connection
- Free music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists
- Over 100 professionally programmed genre stations
- Create custom stations by searching for artists or song titles
- View song lyrics
- Bluetooth support
- Multi-tasking – listen to music while doing email
- View artist biographies and photos
- View album art and reviews
- “Peek Ahead" artist and album preview
- Pause and skip songs
- Rate songs as favorites
- Ban songs and artists you don’t like