Tomorrow, Slacker and The Source will announce a free hip hop station programmed by Source DJs and powered by Slacker. The Source Digital Radio consists of songs from the past two decades of hip hop and features artists such as Run DMC, Lil Wayne, Jay Z and some new artists yet to be discovered. To check out The Source in Slacker, go to the Slacker Spotlight section.
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Slacker fans rejoice, Slacker 3.0 is now available for download! The biggest change is that you can now cache your stations wirelessly while you sleep for a fresh brew of music to go with your morning coffee. It’s available for download now via your BlackBerry browser at http://www.slacker.com or App World. Per Slacker, here are some of the new features in version 3.0:
• Updated interface
• Faster application startup time
• Significantly smaller application size
• Improved touch interface for BlackBerry Storm
• Greatly improved battery life
• New settings menu options
• Tabbed info view for lyrics, reviews and biographies
Check out the full release after the break.
RIM’s public relations department sent us over a list of their Valentine’s Day BlackBerry app suggestions. It’s interesting to see what developers RIM backs, and I wonder what sort of politics are at play. I’ve posted their recommendations, with my own thoughts about the apps they’ve selected.
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Pandora has launched version 1.1.0 today. In previous versions, you could only get mono AAC via your mobile connection. Now, stereo AAC+ is available just like you find on your wi-fi connection! You can download Pandora for free via your BlackBerry Browser at http://www.pandora.com. Check out all the new features and bug fixes after the jump.
Slacker Radio has enjoyed great success on BlackBerry and recently they’re hit their 1 millionth download. Slacker is killing the competition too:
* 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
This is a great app, although it does have a few drawbacks. For example, the fact that it must be plugged into a PC in order to sync really hurts the functionality. I get really bothered when I have to sync things via my PC and I would love to have OTA syncing capabilities. Soon, I hope.
Here is a quick breakdown of features you get with Slacker:
* 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
Remember, you need OS 4.3+ and 500MB of free memory on your device for station caching.
Slacker provides a three part music personalization suite, which includes an internet radio, desktop music player and portable music device. Slacker Radio is giving away a full year long subscription to their Plus service which includes:
- Unlimited Skips
- Unlimited Song Requests
- No Audio or Banner Ads
- Complete Lyrics – NEW!
- Over 2 Million Songs
All you have to do is enter to drop a comment at CrunchGear and they’ll pick a winner Friday.