Sweet! Slacker Personal Radio is finally available for the BlackBerry Storm! The update and announcement were supposed to go live at 8am ET on Wednesday, but it looks like the Slacker folks are as eager as us device owners when it comes to the Storm and jumped releasing it a few hours early. Good timing too - this of course means all you Storm owners can now now legitimately enter the CrackBerry Slacker Contest we announced yesterday on the blogs!
I've been running Slacker on my Verizon Storm for the past couple of hours and man oh man am I loving it. Apps like this kick up the CrackBerry Addiction to a whole new level. You can download by visiting Slacker.com on your BlackBerry's browser (set your Browser Identification to "BlackBerry" (not IE or Firefox) to make sure you get the mobile site) or clicking the image above. More details in the press release below!
Slacker Announces Availability of Mobile Radio Application for the BlackBerry Storm Smartphone
Free Slacker Personal Radio Mobile Application Features Touch Screen Navigation and Station Caching
SAN DIEGO, CA - February 4, 2009 - Slacker, Inc. today announced the availability of the free Slacker Mobile application for the BlackBerry® Storm smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM). BlackBerry Storm users* can now listen to their favorite Slacker radio stations anywhere they go, whether they are connected to a wireless network or not - a Slacker Mobile feature exclusive to BlackBerry® smartphones. The application, which is optimized for the handset's unique touch screen, is available as a free download by visiting Slacker.com from your BlackBerry Storm.
The Slacker Mobile application provides BlackBerry Storm smartphone users in the U.S. with a personalized music discovery and listening experience, pulling from over 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or a nearly unlimited number of the listener's own custom-created stations. Features include vertical as well as horizontal modes, an intuitive interface optimized for touch operation, as well as "peek ahead", allowing the listener to see a preview of the next artist and album in their stations' rotation.
Slacker station caching, an exclusive feature for BlackBerry smartphones, enables listeners to store favorite stations on a memory card, allowing the Slacker Mobile application to play without a network connection, reducing battery life consumption by up to 5 times that of streaming playback and enhancing application performance. In addition, BlackBerry smartphone enthusiasts can enjoy Slacker Personal Radio while doing other tasks such as emailing, instant messaging or web browsing.
The Slacker application for the BlackBerry Storm smartphone includes detailed artist bios and album reviews for each song, providing the ultimate resource for music discovery. The Slacker Mobile application works with the free Slacker Basic Radio service, along with Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium Radio subscription offerings.
"The Slacker Mobile application for the BlackBerry Storm offers an engaging and intuitive mobile listening experience that takes full advantage of its unique features," said Dennis Mudd, CEO of Slacker. "With an intuitive touch screen interface as well as station caching, BlackBerry Storm owners can now easily enjoy their favorite music wherever they go."
Slacker Personal Radio, available online at www.Slacker.com, enables listeners to personalize over 100 professionally programmed stations or create, edit and share their own Personal Radio stations. Slacker listeners also have easy access to artist profiles, album reviews and cover art on the web, with the Slacker G2 portable and now on the BlackBerry Storm smartphone.
Slacker Mobile for the BlackBerry Storm offers:
- Free music library featuring millions of songs
- Optimized for Storm Touch Screen operation
- Vertical and Horizontal modes
- High-quality stereo playback from cached stations and all streaming wireless connections
- Over 100 professionally programmed genre stations
- Create custom artist stations
- Station caching for music playback anywhere, greatly improved battery life and accelerated application performance
- Multi-tasking - listen to music while doing email
- 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 songs and artists you don't like
Pricing and Availability
The Slacker Radio application, now available for the BlackBerry Storm as a free download, is compatible with all BlackBerry smartphones using operating system 4.3 or greater. This release includes full support for the BlackBerry Storm along with additional improvements to the previously released application for all other supported BlackBerry smartphones. To download for free, visit Slacker.com from the browser on your BlackBerry smartphone or visit www.slacker.com/BlackBerry for more details.
About Slacker, Inc.
Slacker is the world's first Personal Radio company offering "Your Radio Everywhere." Slacker allows music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site or on the go with Slacker Personal Radio players. Visit www.slacker.com for more information.