Slacker Radio for iOS review: Slacker is no slouch for streaming audio

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good A new interface for Slacker Radio makes it easy to get to the streaming content you're looking for quickly. New My Vibe feature can match playlists to your current activity or mood.

The Bad The subscription gives you more features, such as on-demand music, but the pricing might keep people from taking the plunge. Ads in the free version are intrusive.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a streaming-music alternative, Slacker Radio is a good choice. But if you're willing to spend money on a subscription, the app is better than most in its genre.

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Editors' note: This review was updated September 27, 2013, to cover the features added in the latest version.

Slacker Radio is a great option for listening to streaming radio with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to find what you want quickly. To use Slacker you must sign up for an account or log in with your Facebook or Google+ credentials.

After logging in, Slacker's interface gives you several options for launching stations. You can search for artists using a field at the top, check out the Music Guide curated by Slacker, or search by genres, stations you've previously listened to, specialty stations, or news, talk, and sports stations. Each selection on the first screen leads to another list where you can swipe to browse selections to find the stations, genres, and music you want to listen to.

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Slacker Radio (iOS)

Part Number: id298307011

Free

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  • Category Music and audio
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.