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

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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.


8.0 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 7
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

Editors' note, July 8, 2015: See CNET's guide to Internet radio services for a more up-to-date evaluation of this service, along with an analysis of how it compares to competitors.

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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