Editors' Note: The 'Download Now' button takes you to Slacker's BlackBerry download page.
Don't be fooled by Slacker Radio's freemium BlackBerry app--it's not just loafing around. After logging onto your Slacker.com account, you'll be able to choose among your favorite and custom stations, and all of Slacker.com's genre-based programming. A stream of overlapping album art stands out on the app's dark-themed interface, keeping track of the songs you've listened to and those yet to come. Familiar buttons let you pause, skip, save, and ban songs.
From the BlackBerry's menu key, you'll be able to view stations, plus artist and album info. You can also reset your messages or the entire account, and shut down the Slacker app, which will otherwise conveniently continue to play in the background while you do other tasks.
Surprisingly, multitasking is only this application's second best feature. Honors go to its ability on BlackBerry to cache stations as they play and store cached stations on a Micro SD card. The process of plugging your device into your computer to get Slacker Radio to recognize the cached stations is an unfortunate and sometimes inconvenient step we hope its developers will overcome, but other than having to be in short range of a computer, it at least is painless. When Wi-Fi wobbles and 3G cuts out, clicking on a cached station is a windfall for any serious listener. Subscribers to Slacker's Radio Plus service also get the benefit of the lyrics tab, provided by Slacker Radio Partner LyricFind where lyrics are available.
Now if we could just send custom station creations to our friends, we'd stick a fork in this app and call it done.
Listen to all of your favorite personalized Slacker stations on your BlackBerry for free. You can listen to over 100 stations programmed by music experts or create your own custom stations right from your Blackberry.
You'll have detailed artist biographies, full album reviews and more. Best of all, the music can be stored on your phone so you can listen even when you don't have a connection. The following specs are recommended to listen to Slacker Radio: BlackBerry OS 4.5 recommended (OS 4.3 minimum requirement); Data Plan or Wi-Fi (An unlimited Data Plan is recommended for streaming); Streaming stations play only in the United States; SD Card with 500 MB of free memory required if caching stations