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Slacker caching on the iPhone, Android, and more (photos)

Slacker announces station caching for the iPhone and iPod Touch, bringing both devices one step closer to a subscription music model.

Jasmine France

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That's right: There's no need to stay connected to a network to keep streaming music from Slacker. The iPhone is in airplane mode here and playing back a cached station.
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Caching is done via 3G or via your Wi-Fi network. You can mark stations for caching at a later time, since it takes a fair amount of processing power.
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This is the screen that appears when stations are being cached.
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In addition to the iPhone and iPod Touch caching, Slacker is releasing a new app for Android. It offers the same features.
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This is the station list interface on an Android phone.
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One step further, you're taking to a screen with stations laid out visually as tiles.
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Cached stations have their own submenu. When you're ready for new music, you can refresh them easily.
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This is the Slacker playback screen on an Android phone.
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When you back out to navigate other functions of the device, you get this cool widget on the home page.
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Slacker is also releasing an app for Palm devices.
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And the service is updating its app for BlackBerry to allow over-the-air caching.

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