Although I can’t personally justify the purchase of a Slacker portable player, I do like the concept. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a WiFi-enabled device that allows you to customize numerous music channels. Using the built-in WiFi radio, the device pulls down fresh content when it has a wireless signal available. This provides new personalized music on the device and allows you to listen to that content even when you’re offline since the music is locally stored.
Many folks complained about the size of the initial Slacker portable player and the company just dropped a new model today which addresses that concern. The Slacker G2 is around 40% more compact (or 40% less bigger, depending on if you’re a glass half-full or half-empty person) and offers 25% more battery life as well. Prices start at $199 and go up depending on how many custom channels you crave. For now, I’m sticking with the free Pandora app on my iPhone.