Slacker App Coming to iPhone and BlackBerry

Yesterday we told you about the Top 10 iPhone apps we’d like to see, and coming in at No. 7 was the personal Internet radio service Slacker. Well, we have some news to report. An anonymous tipster close to the company contacted me and said that both an iPhone app and a BlackBerry app are “about ready to launch.” What’s more, our source says that Slacker will offer both live streaming and caching of content, so you’ll be able to listen to your custom-made stations even when you’re offline (say on a plane or the subway). And, unlike Pandora, you’ll be able to fine tune your stations on the fly. The tipster also promised “better audio quality than other solutions out there” which we take to mean Pandora, AOL Radio, and Last.FM. When we asked about our tip, Jonathan Sasse, VP of Marketing at Slacker, said: “We are very close to releasing the Slacker Radio experience for many mobile devices. This is in-line with our ongoing strategy to deliver Slacker on mobile devices in addition to Slacker Radio Players.” We’ll keep you posted but you heard it here first. Slacker is coming soon to an iPhone or BlackBerry near you. Is it me or is iTunes becoming less and less attractive by the second?

Mark Spoonauer
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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. Ethan Cobb Says:

    Slacker is awesome. AOL Radio was late to pick us up and we could not sit together.

  2. Thomas Says:

    This application will be really awesome. I wonder how much they would charge for it. Because if it caches content then I see this taking away from sales of the existing product. However they could make it do this only by subscription or something. Which in the end could be good because I suspect they may be selling the branded slacker player at cost or even a loss.

  3. Tom Says:

    Less and less attractive. Yet it’s the system you use to get that app…

  4. Chris Says:

    @ Tom:

    I completely disagree. I have used all three “major” customizable internet radio sites (Pandora, Last.FM and Slacker) and find slacker to be the best. Seems to have the most thought put into in. Ans is the most customizable while remaining simple to use.

    Slacker would be foolish not to put their service on all available mobile devices. The demand is out there. I’m definitely one of those people who don’t buy much music because I get tired of it so quick. Slacker fills the need will constantly updated radio stations that give you fresh music and allows you to skip stuff you don’t want. It’s like your own personal DJ working for you.

  5. Jeremy Says:

    OK… It’s been a while since this leak, any new news? I’m anxious to get slacker up and running on the iphone.

  6. Andrew Says:

    Apparently “soon” isn’t within 4+ months. :(. Still waiting… Any news?

  7. Brandon Lewis Says:

    I know it’s REALLY late and you guys probably aren’t checking this thread anymore but I thought I would post it for you.

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