Forget Pandora, 3 Reasons Slacker is Better

slackerAfter a few years of not writing on one of the First blogs to cover streaming radio, we’re back.

Pandora raised their prices yesterday.  So what. They now want $5 a month, no annual fee available, to stream music without ads.

Slacker Radio gives still charges only $3.99 a month and offers a better deal, even if they raised their prices to $5 a month

Three Reasons Slacker is better at any price

  1. Slacker offer the ability to cache your stations. This can save you a money in data fees if you often listen via your mobile device. Caching your stations allows you to have them ON your phone by downloading the songs while you’re in WiFi so you can save your data for important thinks, like updating Instagram.
  2. Slacker gives you the ability to fine tune your stations in many ways. Pandora really does not even come close.
  3. And lastly, Slacker is simply less repetitious.

So even without a price difference, I’d choose Slacker every time.

What do you think?

6 Blu-ray players with Netflix & Pandora

Netflix and Pandora are two of the most sought after features on Blu-ray players. The ability to stream movies and music over ethernet or wirelessly is something not to be missed. Why settle for a Blu-ray player that just plays Blu-rays? However it’s often difficult when looking at most e-commerce sites to determine what features products have and don’t have.  So we’ve created this list of 6 of the most popular players as listed by Amazon.com to save you some time. If you click on the review link and scroll down you can read reviews of each unit.

Some notes. Built in wireless means you do not need to purchase anything else to connect to your home wireless network to start streaming. If it says Ready, it means you’ll have to use a direct Ethernet connection or you’ll have to purchase an optional wireless adapter

Which one do you prefer?

ProductPriceNetflixPandoraWifiLink
Sony BDP-S580 Blu-ray Disc163YesYesBuilt InClick for Reviews
Samsung BD-C5500100YesYesReady Click for Reviews
LG BD670 3D Wireless Network206YesYesBuilt In Click for Reviews
LG BD690 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc - with 25GB HD251YesYesBuilt In Click for Reviews
Sony BDP-S370100YesSlackerReady Click for Reviews
Sony BDP-S380128YesYesReady Click for Reviews

NOTE: Specs do change from time to time so be sure to double check!

Slacker offers caching on the iPhone

Slacker seems to have had their answer to the AT&T’s bandwidth on the iPhone ready and ready to go. The latest version of Slacker Radio for the iPhone now supports caching stations for later playback. This will allow you to bulk up on your favorite slacker stations and listen to the in the car, on a jog or anywhere else you might not want to use 3G. It also is a boost to iPod touch users. This begs the question that unless your really want to own a song do you need anything but Slacker? Find the latest Slacker 2.0 in the iTunes store.

Will AT&T’s new Pricing Kill Slacker & Pandora on the iPhone?

AT&T announced yesterday that starting Monday June 7, 2010 they will no longer be offering unlimited data plans. They will have two plans, 200 MB for $15 a month and 2GB for $25 a month. While these seem restrictive AT&T claims that 98% of their users don’t exceed 2GB so they will now be getting a $5 discount, right?

Will Slacker & Pandora users be hurt by the new plans?

If by one estimate Slacker and Pandora use about 50MB per hour of transmission, then the $15 plan would blow through your allotment in 4 hours of 3G listening. The 2GB plan would give you would give you about 40 hours of listening via 3G. Not bad unless you spend a LOT of time listening in your car where you can’t get wifi access.

9 Hours a Week.

Allowing 4 hours for data, email and other online activities, can you live with just 9 hours a week of turly mobile Internet Radio?

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