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Another major music platform streams its way to webOS devices. Slacker is now available in the Palm App Catalog for the Pre and Pixi handsets, but there’s one key feature missing from the software for now.

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Good news for fans of Slacker, the service that streams music to both computers and handsets. The software is officially supported on webOS and available in the Palm App Catalog for Pre and Pixi devices. The webOS version joins Android, BlackBerry and iPhone handsets. Although I got a sneak peek at CES, here’s a feature list in case you missed it.

  • Music library featuring millions of songs
  • High-quality stereo playback from any available wireless connection
  • Create custom artist stations based on artists or songs
  • Over 120 professionally programmed and customizable genre stations
  • View artist biographies and photos
  • View album art and read reviews
  • “Peek Ahead” artist and album preview
  • Rate songs as favorites
  • Ban songs and artists from stations

I’d provide my own impressions since Slacker is now installed on my Palm Pre, except for one small, but key detail — I don’t have my Palm Pre. ;) I loaned it to Dave Zatz for a few weeks and he gave Slacker the old once over.

“Of course Slacker rocks. And the app functions much like you’d expect it to. Although, as a webOS n00b, I’ve had to get used to finger swiping in lieu of tapping a back button. Otherwise, it’s quite comparable to their other mobile apps – a wide variety of “radio” stations and the option of upgrading to a paid subscription (~$50/yr) to display song lyrics, provide unlimited skips, and do away with all advertising.”

I’d don’t see any mention of offline song caching in either the press release or in Dave’s overview, so that’s something I’d like to see added in a future release. Last I heard, that functionality — which originally was specific to BlackBerry devices — is now in the iPhone and Android apps. Since I’m a “turn off the juice when not in use” kind of guy, I’m all for some Airplane Mode with Slacker tunes.

  1. Caching is coming to iPhone and Android. Not yet, but hopefully next month. webOS, I don’t know when but I think they’d like to offer it. I love Slacker most.

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  2. Yeah, Slacker posted on their forums that they’re just getting the basics done first, and then moving to add more features. For example, there’s no dashboard controls for Slacker when you’re in other apps.

    Hopefully that and the caching come soon.

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  3. That’s great that Slacker was able to negotiate that feature into their contracts with the labels, it’s something that would come in very handy for anyone trying to save battery life.

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