Slacker Completely Overhauls Its Service and Apps
Slacker today announced a significant refresh of its online and mobile music streaming service. Slacker 4.0 promises to put the service on more equal footing with rivals such as Spotify and Pandora with its new user interface and Music Guide. The Guide is a tool that music lovers can use to more easily discover music, news, sports, and other radio channels. It is also easier to view station, artist, song, and album pages, as well as to share content via social networks and email. The application itself is free to download for Android, BlackBerry 10, and iOS devices. Listeners can stream music for free as long as they don't mind ads, or choose to pay $3.99 per month for ad-free listening, or $9.99 for ad-free listening, on-demand song choice, and offline caching.
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Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Pandora's Latest Update Emphasizes Personalization
Pandora today revealed changes to its Android and iOS applications that will make customizing stations and the listening experience easier. The first new feature is the beta release of Pandora's Station Personalization interface, which includes new transitions and animations that make it clearer to users the stations and playlists to which they are listening.
Pandora Plus Gives Listeners More Control
Pandora today announced Pandora Plus, a revised version of its $5-per-month music streaming service. Pandora Plus offers ad-free listening with the ability to skip and replay songs, as well as listen offline.
iTunes Radio to Go Behind Apple Music Pay Wall
Apple has begun informing listeners of iTunes Radio that the service will require a fee beginning later this month. iTunes Radio has been available since 2013 and allows people to listen to ad-supported music stations.
Catch up to Pandora?
In what way is Slacker 'behind'?
I have to admit that wording surprised me.