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Slacker Radio Announces Android Station Caching For Listening To Your Favorite Music Everywhere February 24, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Internet Radio, mobile entertainment, Radio.
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Slacker, Inc. announced the availability of Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android phones. For the first time ever, Android users can cache their favorite Slacker stations right to their phones to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not. The application is available immediately by visiting http://www.Slacker.com from an Android phone or by searching for Slacker in the Android Market.

With Slacker Radio 2.0 and a Radio Plus subscription, music enthusiasts using their Android-powered smartphone can select stations to cache by simply selecting “Cache Station” from within the app. Listeners can choose to manually cache their favorite stations or use “Auto Refresh,” enabling their Android-powered smartphone to automatically wake during overnight charging and wirelessly refresh station content, providing new music daily with no additional effort.

Cached stations are stored on the smartphone and can be accessed on subways, planes and everywhere in between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage. Along with the ability to store stations, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.

Android owners can now listen to Slacker personalized radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection to take their favorite stations wherever they go without having to manage playlists or transfer music from their home computers. Listeners of the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to cache stations for up to 14 days, providing everyone the opportunity to try this new feature on their Android phone, risk-free.

“Android users can now enjoy their music anywhere they go with our personalized and feature-packed Slacker Radio for Android 2.0,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “The benefits of the new station caching feature enable listeners to travel far beyond Wi-Fi or mobile connections to enjoy a continuous and unrivaled music experience.”

The millions who listen to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will continue to enjoy the same unparalleled music experience that now includes a free trial of the complete station caching solution. With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor, Android owners can use Slacker Basic Radio or Slacker Radio Plus to create their own Personal Radio stations or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations.

Slacker Basic Radio and Slacker Radio Plus also enable access to artist biographies and album reviews, station fine-tuning, “peek ahead” song previews and custom artist stations. In addition to marking songs as favorites, listeners can also ban songs and artists to create perfect custom radio stations.

FCC Seeks Comments On MusicFIRST Petition August 16, 2009

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The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on the petition filed by the musicFIRST Coalition. The petition details how radio stations across the country refuse to air musicFIRST ads, threaten artists who support the effort to create a fair performance right on radio and continue to run misleading ads produced by the National Association of Broadcasters – all in an effort to further their own private commercial interests at the expense of their public interest obligations.

“We are pleased that the FCC has taken the first step in response to the musicFIRST petition,” said Jennifer Bendall, executive director of the musicFIRST Coalition. “Since we filed the petition in June, corporate radio’s spokespersons have not only confirmed the charges made in the petition, but boasted that they will continue to use the public airwaves to misinform policy makers and the public and punish artists and musicians for speaking out in support of a fair performance right on radio while refusing to run musicFIRST’s ads.”

The FCC is seeking comment on these actions and, according to the FCC notice, “whether and to what extent broadcasters are engaging in a media campaign, coordinated by NAB [National Association of Broadcasters], which disseminates falsities about the PRA [Performance Rights Act].”