Slacker -vs- Pandora -vs- last.fm

Discussion in 'MOG, Pandora, Spotify, Rdio' started by roscoryan, Oct 21, 2008.

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Which Internet Radio service do you prefer?

  1. Slacker

    47 vote(s)
    54.7%
  2. Pandora

    21 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. last.fm

    6 vote(s)
    7.0%
  4. Other

    12 vote(s)
    14.0%
  1. GAMER

    GAMER Member

    Slacker is overpriced.
     
  2. MNXMFan

    MNXMFan Member


    While the unit is priced high, I would hardly call it overpriced. An iPod touch runs about $250 for an 8GB last I checked.

    The slacker has built in Wifi, is flash based, and fills itself with music. High price? Sure. Overpriced? I disagree. Its a solid unit.
     
  3. RomeE

    RomeE New Member

    It also depends on if you are just talking about the Internet Radio Portion or not. By default, it's free. Which isn't that over priced.

    If you want the premium subscription, then you do have to pay a little bit, depending on the subscription length.

    RomeE
     
  4. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I see your point, but when you consider all the free software you can download, surf the web, check email, create appointments/meetings and get reminders, to do list, play games and play hundreds of streaming music channels on the iPod Touch It does indeed make the Slacker seemed over priced. The only real advantage the Slacker has it that it downloads music via wifi and you don't really have to manage anything. The wifi for any other use than download music and updates is pretty much useless.

    I like the Slacker unit the music channels thus far are very good.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2008
  5. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Yes, you make an excellent point. Personally I don't think the device is overpriced, but I can see that have an iPod touch with all it does viewing it that way.

    This little thing is growing on me the more I use it.

    By the way I am glad to see you posting here RomeE. I've read many of your post on the Slacker forum. I will contact you all about my issue of the repeated playlist on some channels.
     
  6. RomeE

    RomeE New Member

    We have announced that we are going to be supporting the Blackberry and iPhone app store in the future. Sadly, getting through the requirements for the iPhone App Store is taking a little bit of time, but hopefully soon.

    We hear this all the time. The more people use the service/portable, the more they seem to like it.

    Thanks,
    Rome E
     
  7. Evil_Ernie

    Evil_Ernie Smell my finger

    If a Slacker app does come to the App Store, I will give it a try. I played around with some stations at slacker.com a few days ago and it's pretty cool.
     
  8. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Yes, I am excited to know there will be a Slacker App for the iPod and iPhone. That is good news.

    We've been enjoying this thing in the office today. I can't tell you how many folks are checking it out. They are blown away by it. I brought the package with me because that is what impressed me so much. You just feel like you are getting a real quality device. Thus far I have zero complaints about it.

    Now if I can get it back when I get ready to leave here in the next hour or so.
     
  9. Music_Rube

    Music_Rube Member

    Very true and you are absolutely correct. I should have clarified my situation a little better. I don't have an aux in plug in my car. I've always used the FM Direct connection for my XM radios. I was hoping Slacker could come up with a similar FM Direct connection that I could use.

    If I had an aux in plug, then my problem would be solved! :eek:
     
  10. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    They sell an FM trans as an accessory.
     
  11. MNXMFan

    MNXMFan Member

    One thing I would like from Slacker is a car dock and a home dock. That way I don't have to change the volume that much, and I wouldn't have to mess with cords.

    I don't really even need a satelite kit, although I think they are working on one. I just don't see a situation where I wouldn't be able to get to WiFi, although I am sure others would.
     
  12. I did not vote, because I tend to move all around. I get bored with the same one all the time. I like lots of variety all over the chart. Hence......out of control ;)
     
  13. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Man tell me about it. They really do need to address this sooner rather than later. It is such a pain in the ass not having a dock for home and the car. But we are spoiled by Sat Radio too.

    I don't care about getting wifi through the car dock, I just want a dock.
     
  14. I remember when Slacker had the desktop player. Then they started calling it the software player I think. Now it is down to a web player. I am not as fond of web players, but I can get over it. The loss of the mini player in the web version is well disappointing.
     
  15. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Actually the software player is still available. I just downloaded it last night and it works actually a little better than the web based player. You can also do the mini player from the software player.
     
  16. roscoryan

    roscoryan DRC Graphics Guru

  17. MikeJW

    MikeJW Member

    I love the Slacker Software player, especially how you can put it in mini-player mode. It's too bad there will be no more updates to the software player, as Slacker is going to focus on the web player instead.
     
  18. Jleimer

    Jleimer Active Member

    I am personally a guy who mixes it up a little bit , I listen to Slacker and Pandora to have a variety of music along with my Sirius Stratus 5.
     
  19. Thanks. I have had it on my computer for a little while. I just had not bothered with it cause it was not loading right. Your mention of it made me think about it more. I decided it was my firewall causing the problem. Sure enough it was. Since I was in a trial version firewall. I just dumped it. Decided to just use my hard wired router as my firewall instead. Figure I don't need two firewalls. The player is working fine now. Starting up now like it should be. As understand it. Slacker is not updating the software player anymore. Their baby is the web player version now.
     
  20. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Glad you got it back up and running. I've not really read up much on rather they are continuing to support the software player. I guess I'll have to do some research on that. I like the software player myself. I find often times with the web based version that channels don't show up without having refresh it over and over. I do not have this problem with the software player version.
     

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