Slacker, an interactive Internet subscription radio service available only to Americans, is now available in Canada through the web, BlackBerry smartphones and Android handsets.
The Slacker Personal Radio service allows listeners to create and share customized music stations starting with either Slacker's presets or a list of artists.
The service is said to offer more than 2.4 million songs, organized into over 100 programmed stations and 10,000 artist stations
Canadian music fans can sign up to the free Slacker Basic Radio for up to 30 days. After 30 days, they can upgrade to Slacker Radio Plus, which also provides station caching for supported mobile devices, ad-free listening, complete song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, song requests and more.
Station caching enables mobile listeners to store their personal stations on selected smartphones for listening anywhere, anytime, uninterrupted. Listeners can store a station by selecting "Cache Station" from within the supported app. The station can then be downloaded via Wi-Fi, over USB or through the cellular network. Cached stations are stored on the smartphone and can be accessed on planes, subways and everywhere in between requiring minimal battery usage and eliminating the need to access the mobile carrier network to play music.
Slacker Radio Plus is $4.99 USD per month or $47.88 USD annually (equivalent of $3.99 USD per month).
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