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Slacker updates apps for BlackBerry and Andoid with caching features

Slacker radio's auto refreshing feature

Slacker radio's auto refreshing feature

The Slacker mobile radio service unveiled BlackBerry 3.0 and Android 2.0 from Research In Motion today. The upgraded operating systems allow users to update their favorite stations via a “Cache Station” menu within the app. Or they can use an “auto refresh” feature that wakes the mobile up overnight and updates station content.

“Cached stations are stored on the memory card of the BlackBerry smartphone and can be played on subways, planes and all destinations in between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage,” the release Slacker sent us boasts. “Along with station-storing capabilities, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.”

Ditto for the Android, that is, if the user has a Slacker Radio Plus subscription. If you’ve got Slacker Basic Radio you can try the new features out on either Android or BlackBerry for free for fourteen days.

Here are the features Slacker lists for BlackBerry 3.0 basic and Radio Plus:

Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones:
• Updated interface
• Faster application startup time
• Significantly smaller application size
• Improved touch interface for BlackBerry Storm
• Greatly improved battery life
• New settings menu options
• Tabbed info view for lyrics, reviews and biographies
• Context Aware – click a highlighted artist name in a text message or email to enable direct launch of a related Slacker station
• Create custom stations based on artists or songs
• View album art and photos
• Rate songs as favorites
• Ban the songs and artists you don’t like

Slacker Radio 3.0 with Slacker Radio Plus:
• Wireless station caching – listen to Slacker Radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection
• Greatly improved battery life on cached station playback
• Auto Station Refresh – effortlessly updates cached stations overnight
• Unlimited song skipping
• Ad-free listening
• Complete song lyrics*
• Unlimited song requests for creating stations

And for Slacker 2.0 basic and Radio Plus for the Android:

Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android:
• Music library featuring millions of songs
• High-quality stereo playback
• Over 120 professionally programmed genre stations
• Create custom stations based on artists or songs
• View artist biographies and photos
• View album art and reviews
• “Peek Ahead” artist and album preview
• Pause and skip songs
• Rate songs as favorites
• Ban the songs and artists you don’t like

Slacker Radio 2.0 with Slacker Radio Plus:
• Wireless station caching – listen to Slacker Radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection
• Greatly improved battery life on cached station playback
• Auto Station Refresh – effortlessly updates cached stations overnight
• Unlimited song skipping
• Ad-free listening
• Complete song lyrics*
• Unlimited song requests for creating stations


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