: Slacker Radio
2007-08-10, 01:05 AM
Did a search on here and nothing came up. I just discovered this site Slacker. com and wow its amazing, (and free) and you don't even have to download the player, its just there. It has a message that says it won't work outside the U.S.A but works just fine for me. You can choose from a ton of stations, from hits to jazz to rock etc. you can even make your own station that only plays artists that you choose and it even helps you pick your artists giving a bunch of suggestions. I don't get impressesed very often but this site is gold.(uncensored comedy channel is cool) every song they play you get a full write up on the artist and a review of the album the songs from. Sorry if I sound like an ad but from what i've seen so far Sirius could be in some trouble down the road. They have plans for their own portable player and in car system. Such a great simple idea can't believe no one has rolled this out before now. A radio station or stations that you decide what they play.
2007-08-10, 07:56 AM
Slacker has had trouble getting a good amount of comedy/talk/news/sports channels and thats is what could hurt them.Not many people are going to pay for a music only service.The big question is will slacker be able to play with the big boys some thing they are better not to have any units for now.In a email a got some time ago from them the monhly fee will be $12.00 which is inline with xm/sirius.
2007-08-10, 04:04 PM
Yeah I'm sure XM and Sirius are going to be in lots of trouble over this tiny company who has only "plans" to make their service available in-car.
I have checked out the Slacker website before and did not enjoy it very much, I will stick with XM who have this whole thing figured out much better than whoever these Slacker people are.
2007-08-10, 06:06 PM
2008-12-04, 07:55 PM
Thought I'd resurrect this thread to see if anyone is using the Slacker G2 in Canada. Appears their website doesn't allow streaming in Canada anymore, was curious if the hardware would still sync stations over wifi.
2008-12-05, 02:37 AM
Yup that would be sweet !
2009-01-20, 05:01 PM
I second bucketo...does anybody have slacker g2 working in Canada?
2010-01-12, 12:03 PM
Heads up guys, Slacker announced at CES this week that they are finally coming to Canada! I've been using the website via a proxy for the last year with a G1 unit (note the G1 syncs with no territory restrictions).
Can't wait for this to go live, supposedly it will be later this week. I'm keeping a keen eye on it.
2010-01-12, 12:06 PM
I saw that! Can't wait :)
Already trying to figure out how to cancel my XMRO sub....
2010-01-13, 02:14 PM
They now allow Canadian addresses and credit cards when signing up for their premium sub...BUT the music still does not stream.
Did they accept Cdn info before?
2010-01-13, 02:53 PM
I have a friend in the US that let me use his credit card. I got him to log in and pay the year payment for me.
Looking forward to paying myself this year :)
we'll have to share our stations after the official switch-over to Canada.
2010-01-13, 06:04 PM
So you're able to stream with a Cdn IP as long as a US card was used for payment?
Or do you use VPN?
2010-01-13, 06:09 PM
I use VPN app the make one of my browsers have an IP address. Worked well for the last year but this will take the cake once it goes live.
We'll be able to embed our stations in web pages for other Canadians to see and stream
2010-01-14, 09:09 AM
Seems to be working this morning :)
I have it running in Google Chrome and on my iPhone (ver 1.3)
2010-01-14, 09:15 AM
Yup it's live.
Arg, one caveat though, and it's a big one for me:
Slacker is ad-supported in the States. Anyone can listen for free. Every 6-10 songs there is a short 15 sec ad.
Well in Canada you will be allowed 30 days free access. After that you will have to pay a monthly fee.
This is a total bummer as I was concocting a sweet radio station for my buddies. Was going to embed it on our website for them to all use. That's not going to happen as Canadians can't listen to embedded slackers stations unless they are a paying member.
I'm not sure a lot of Canadians will be willing to pay (Around $40 a year I think).
So good news today, but it's laced with some bummer news.
The official Slacker info on the Canadian release is here:
Slacker comes to Canada - Slacker Forums (http://forums.slacker.com/slacker-now-available-in-canada%C7%83-t5943.html)
Here are a couple of my stations:
Metallica with a lot of bands that influenced them thrown in
Basically I took all the artists in my personal collection and made a station. Gives a different mix of my personal music than itunes shuffle does.
If you are a longtime XM subsriber and listened to Squizz, this is a close version of the station pre-merger
2010-01-14, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the link
In my case, I didn't mind paying for it...I just dropped XMRO to cover most of the cost.
It's worth it :)
2010-01-14, 09:24 AM
oh ya it's most definitely worth it. I paid for the US account and proxy software (and bought a G1 unit) right around the time the satellite merger happened.
It's the next best thing to sliced bread for me being a huge music fan. Money well spent. It's just too bad that everyone that wants to use it in Canada will have to pay when south of the border you can listen in for free on the ad-supported model.
I encourage everyone to give the 30 day trial a go, it really does rock.
2010-01-14, 05:01 PM
I notice some Cdn-themed stations in the genres...wonder if they needed to provide some of these stations in order to operate here (much like Sirius XM)?
Closing this old thread which may confuse some now that its officially available in Canada.
See this thread for Slacker in Canada discussion.