Subscribers to the Slacker personal radio service can now keep up with world news with ABC News. Slacker and ABC signed an agreement that goes into effect today and will provide news content taken from the day’s newscast, along with segments from Good Morning America and Nightline.
A Slacker Radio Plus subscription is required to access the new ABC News channel, although a 14-day free trial is available for basic subscribers. The Slacker service can be accessed through the desktop, on BlackBerry (s rimm) phones, Palm webOS phones, iPhones (s aapl) and Android (s goog) smartphones. Personal music stations are streamed to the subscriber, and the service learns what the user likes as songs are tagged in real-time. After a short time observing what the subscriber prefers to hear, Slacker does a good job only playing music the listener enjoys.
Plus subscribers ($3.99 monthly billed annually or $4.99 billed monthly) gain the ability to cache music on phones, eliminating the need for a constant data connection as with streaming. Plus service is also ad-free, and song lyrics are at hand if desired.
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