Slacker Portable player now connects to protected WiFi hotspots

Slackerportable1Mari Silbey has been enjoying her Slacker Portable player for six weeks or so and today she shares her impressions. I read her thoughts with interest, not just because she’s local to me, but also because the Slacker device offers a music experience that my Apple iPhone doesn’t. I personally like a wide variation of music, so purchasing it is a second-best option for me. For a year, I enjoyed the $15, all-you-can-eat ZunePass subscription service. Now I tend to flip between Pandora and Internet radio stations on iTunes when not listening to tunes on the iPhone.Slacker offers customizable “radio stations” online and if you buy the portable player starting at $199 for 15 stations and 2 GB of memory, your stations will automatically be downloaded to the Slacker Portable. You’ll hear ads unless you opt for a premium plan at $7.50 a month. The portable device has a beautiful screen and integrated WiFi, so you can listen to fresh music where there’s a wireless signal. I originally shied away from the Slacker because the device could only use open hotspots; reading Mari’s article, I see that the device now supports connections to protected hotspots, making it that much more appealing. That’s probably because I’m in the local Starbucks right now which, by the way, has already made the switch to AT&T for WiFi. Have to get that Starbucks card for my 2-hours of free Wifi, which would give my EV-DO modem a break!

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