Slacker Radio for iPhone

Slacker Radio for iPhone

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.203
File Size:
878.91KB
Date Added:
May 07, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
iOS
Total Downloads:
8,903
Downloads Last Week:
4
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.

Editors' review

When it comes to streaming Internet Radio, Slacker Radio is no schlub. After logging on, the dark-themed app lets you simply tap the icons at the top of the stations list to launch favorite and custom stations, which you create and save through an account on Slacker.com. Scrolling down, you'll encounter a search option and top music stations, followed by a long list of musical genres; a logical flow for the iPhone's design.

Slacker also takes advantage of the iPhone's ample screen to prominently display album art as well as artist bios and album reviews (for some songs). The controls to pause, skip, save, and ban an artist are all within finger's reach. You'll be able to fine-tune your station requirements while it plays as well as create custom stations your device. However, don't expect Slacker Radio to flip into landscape mode or let you send your awesome station creations to a friend.

However, sound quality, speed, and access to tunes are the most important ingredients in a mobile streaming radio app, and this app has them in spades--so long as you stay within Wi-Fi range. 3G speeds are fair, but there were more hiccups using the slower network while waiting for songs to buffer. Thankfully, a buffer settings option helps you handle fits and starts. The best features--lyrics, no ads, and infinite skips--are reserved for Radio Plus subscribers, who are also the only ones who get to enjoy Slacker's most distinguishing feature: station caching. The latest version of the app lets you save up to 25 stations for offline playback, which is especially compelling for iPod Touch users, who aren't constantly connected to a network. It also takes less of a hit on battery life to play back music from the device itself rather than over the airwaves.

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    out of 2 votes

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  • 3 stars

    "Worked great, then disappeared"

    May 08, 2013   |   By c|net Reader

    Version: Slacker Radio for iPhone 4.0.203

    Pros

    This app worked great for me for many months using the free account. It gave the full web site player experience.

    Cons

    After some period of time without trouble, possibly after an upgrade, the app disappeared. I can still upgrade it, but the icon is gone and search doesn't find it. I've tried uninstalling it from iTunes, syncing, reinstalling it, then syncing, to no avail. I don't know if this problem is Slacker's or iOS's, but it's annoying!

    Summary

    So long as the app doesn't disappear, you should find it an excellent interface to the Slacker service.

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