Slacker Reviewed on My Palm Pre — But Not by Me

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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 (s palm) for Pre and Pixi devices. The webOS version joins Android (s goog), BlackBerry (s rimm) and iPhone (s aapl) 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.

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Alex Davidson

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.

Joe

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.

DZ

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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