Cash for Cache: New Slacker Radio Apps for Android and BlackBerry Wirelessly Update Tunes for a Fee

Music on the go just got a little better (and more expensive) with Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android and Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry. The free apps allow music lovers with a $3.99 Slacker Radio Plus subscription to wirelessly cache their favorite stations, which is great for times when you’re not connected–or if want to save some juice. Slacker says that playing back cached songs provides up to five times longer battery life than wireless streaming.

Wait a minute. Didn’t Slacker 2.0 for BlackBerry do caching for free? Yes, and you can still use the older app, although it won’t be seeing any feature upgrades.

The big benefit of Slacker Radio 3.0 is the new Auto Station Refresh feature, which updates cache stations overnight via 3G or Wi-Fi. It literally wakes up your device to deliver an updated batch of tunes. Before you had to tether your BlackBerry to your notebook via USB. And Slacker has never offered caching on Android at all. You also get unlimited song skipping, no ads, and complete song lyrics.

Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry is compatible with models 8500 and higher, including the BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Storm, and BlackBerry Curve series smart phones. Slacker 2.0 for Android should work with all existing devices.

Time will tell if Slacker users will be willing to pay the premium for wireless caching. But to give users a taste of the benefits the company will offer 14 days of caching for free. And you can always stream the old fashioned way without paying a dime, at least for now.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Jesse Medina Says:

    I’ve been a paying customer of slacker and have been extremely happy with the service. No longer have a need to use my iPod, pay for music or buy cd’s. With the Cached feature I can have my music with me at all times and customize the artist and songs that I want to hear. I would recommend Slacker to anyone who doesn’t want to deal with downloading and organizing their own music. The pre-programmed stations built into Slacker are very well put together as well. Slacker is the best online service that I’ve seen so far, far better than Pandora and Last.FM.

    The features that I would like to see with Slacker are:

    Ability to build a true playlist.

    Add-on to Xbox 360

    Add-on to boxee

    Cached feature for iPhone (Im currently a Blackberry Storm user but would like to move to iPhone, Slacker and the cached feature is keeping tied to my Blackberry)

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