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St. Patrick's Day Radio now live on Slacker

Just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day, Slacker is adding a dedicated (and free) radio station to celebrate the holiday. Available online, on all smartphones and tablets that support the Slacker Radio app as well as Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, and connected home devices like Sonos – the new station features hundreds of hand-selected tracks, accompanied by exclusive commentary from members of Flogging Molly. Among the bands and artists featured on St. Patrick’s Day Radio, expect to hear songs from Sharon Shannon, Christy Moore, The Dubliners and Dropkick Murphys.

Along with the ability to stream music, users also get to access artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art. Additionally, on-demand access to the Slacker music library is also available with Premium Radio…

So if you still haven’t downloaded the Slacker Radio app on your smartphone on tablet, hop over to and grab the version that works with your device.

St. Patrick’s Day Radio now live on Slacker originally appeared on on 2012-03-13T11:27:21Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j

Sonos, the speaker and app combination that we raved about earlier this year, has been updated to add another streaming service and other improvements that will make this an even better home audio option.

Newly-added Android tablet support is the big ticket item in Sonos Controller. The app is now downloadable for Android tablets running 2.2 or higher, including most popular tablets ranging from the Kindle Fire to the Motorola Xoom. Sadly, Sonos didn’t do anything to the app other than make it scale to fit the larger screens. There’s still quite a bit of empty space and the buttons are incredibly small considering all that extra screen real estate going to waste. Still, it’s better than nothing as I’ve often wished I could control my Sonos system from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 instead of relying on my phone exclusively.

Version 3.6 also brings Slacker Radio for users in the United States and Canada. That opens up more streaming and on-demand options, including customized radio stations and ESPN or news. (Note, press the ‘i’ button in the lower right corner to get Artist/Song/Album info.) Streaming Spotify through Sonos also got better thanks to the ability to access Spotify inbox and listen to the New Releases or Top Tracks playlists. Still not enough?

Sonos now supports AAC+ and the following languages: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish.

Note: If you already have Sonos working on your device, DO NOT update your ZonePlayers because they will break compatibility. Everything was working fine for me this morning and when I updated, things crapped-out. I expect Sonos to provide a fix for this soon, but ignore prompts to update your ZonePlayers for now.


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Though we all love the classic Christmas albums from Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, hearing the same songs every year isn’t always the way you want to spend your holiday season. Why not expand those listening options beyond the same songs played on loop at your job, in the malls, and on the radio?

Music streaming service Slacker can cure your holiday music fatigue. It has the classics you’ve always known and millions of songs to listen to throughout the year. Slacker has stations built around genres and themes, but users can further personalize the experience by creating stations dedicated to their favorite song or artist. Aside from radio, Slacker can be your personal jukebox thanks to its ability to stream on-demand music. Premium subscribers ($9.99 monthly) have the option to play a particular song or entire album at any time, making it tough to grow tired of the same song in Slacker.

Slacker also updated its Android app to be compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink. That will enable voice-controlled playback of the app in a Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Fiesta, Mustang, F-150, F-150 SVT Raptor, Super Duty, Expedition, E-Series and Shelby GT500, Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid and Navigator.

Since Slacker Premium makes for a great gift this holiday season, we’re giving away three (3) subscriptions to Slacker Premium, good for three months. To enter, simply leave ONE comment below sharing the title of your favorite Christmas song.

  1. The comment must be left from an account with a valid email address. (Do not put email in comment, we can see it from the admin panel.)
  2. We’ll select three people at random on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Brownie points go to anyone who clicks the +1 button for the Google+ widget (On the right side of the screen).

Ford has this pretty cool system called AppLink that lets smartphones take advantage of the car’s built-in voice recognition. The selection of compatible apps has been limited, but now they can count one more well-established name to add to their roster: Slacker Radio. Once paired over Bluetooth, you can tell Ford Sync to play stations (either custom built, or any of those tailored by Slacker’s DJs) over the stereo, block artists or songs you don’t like, or conversely mark others as favourites for easy access later, all hands-free.

Pandora already has a comfortable home with Ford Sync, and offers similar functionality, but Slacker has the major bonus of being available outside of the U.S. It’s also free if you can sit through the occasional ad, but if you’re willing to fork up ten bucks each month, you get unlimited skips, on-demand tracks, and local caching in iOS, Android, and BlackBerry apps.

The big downer for me is that it’s only the older Sync systems that support AppLink. Their displays are little more than a line or two of text, while the latest dash system from Ford called MyTouch features a big, bright touchscreen. MyTouch is due for an update earlier next year, but the phone functions won’t be changing much, and there still won’t be any AppLink. That’s really too bad, because it would be pretty handy having an exploded version of a smartphone app (or better yet, its tablet counterpart) running on a secondary display, but distraction is still an issue. At very least a few graphical elements, like album art in Slacker’s case, would be nice to see on an otherwise texty screen – after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Head on over here to pick up Slacker for Android, here for BlackBerry, or below for iOS (though the AppLink update is still pending approval).

Slacker Radio app gets some wheels through Ford AppLink originally appeared on on 2011-11-29T03:31:06Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j