Posts tagged slacker
Posts tagged slacker
There are several excellent choices for music subscription services in the US (and to a lesser extent in other countries as well.) All cost about the same, offer similar features, and finding out which one is best for you can be a challenge.
Spotify’s entrance into the US market has made this somewhat easier by forcing most of the other services to offer a more robust no-cost service level to match the options it offers. But it can still be difficult to make an informed decision because these free levels don’t always offer all that each service has in terms of features.
This is the first of two articles that will provide an overview of the weaknesses (this article) and then the strengths (the second article) for each of the major subscription services available in the US. These will be fairly quick bullet-point lists, and can be elaborated upon in the comments (if any).
Slacker: library size
rdio: library size
Napster: it’s going away
Rhapsody: cost / playlist generation
Spotify: Mobile app feature set
Mog: Limited Feature Sets (both desktop and mobile)
Now that we’ve reviewed the most important deficiencies in each service, keep an eye out for the next post (coming in a few days) that’ll outline what is best about each of them. The good news is that all of these services are surprisingly good, and in each case the good definitely outweighs the bad. The bad news is it makes deciding between them more difficult, but that’s a good problem to have!
Facebook will be partnering with Spotify, Mog, Rhapsody, Slacker, and rdio amongst others to more tightly integrate listening to and sharing music with your friends and family.
Seems like a bit of a yawn to me because for the most part the people I know on Facebook aren’t the ones I share music tastes with, but it will be interesting to see where this goes.
Great news for fans of rdio, they know have a version of their app that is optimized for the iPad! While other services’ apps (such as Mog) work reasonably well on the iPad and other tablets, this is the first tablet-specific version of an app to come along since Slacker released theirs.
iPad owners who have rdio should run, not walk, to get this installed and check it out!
Rdio continues to address one of its major weaknesses: a smaller music library than it’s competitors. This is great news because it keeps them in the running as a viable music subscription service to consider.
Much as I admire Slacker’s extensive station crafting features, their “premium” feature’s extremely limited song catalog makes it unacceptable to me. At first I had relegated rdio to the “also ran” pile, but with their recent strides they have shown they’re able to address this, and I hope they continue closing the gap.
Good job, rdio!
The new service radical.fm has just launched their public beta. Their basic description of their service:
Radical.FM combines user tailored music stations (like Pandora™ and Slacker™) with on-demand playlist functionality (like Rhapsody™ and Spotify™), and adds unique social networking and powerful personal broadcasting capabilities. Please be advised that this is a free beta site and you may experience bugs. The service works best in Chrome.
Probably the easiest thing is to head over there and check it out for yourself with a free account! Please leave comments with any thoughts on their service: how does it stack up vs. the competition?
I’ll post first impressions in a couple days.
This new “social” cloud music service will eventually offer an on-demand subscription option too, and they’re saying it’ll have a 12 million+ song library when it comes out.
That makes this a service worth watching for us subscription/cloud music service fans! It’s just in private beta right now, although you can be put on a mailing list to be notified when it becomes more generally available.
Sony’s “Qriocity” music subscription service is now available on Android phones as well as via the web, PS3, or other Sony devices.
I’d be interested in trying it out, but they claim a library of only 7 million songs, which is unfortunately anemic compared to the competition. If I’m going to go with a service with a smaller library my first choice would be Slacker, which has great metadata, station creation tools, and a very robust UI.
But, if anyone uses Qriocity I’d love to hear what it’s like. Despite the library size concerns I’ll probably give their free trial a shot soon to see if there’s any interesting features.
After a really quick first look at Slacker’s new On Demand service, here are the highlights for me:
As mentioned in the previous post, I’ll have a more complete overview in a week or so. (I’ll also put out my overview of Mog next too, since that’s the last of the other major subscription services I haven’t given an overview of yet.)
I’ll be checking out the newly launched Slacker on-demand music service and will post in a week or so on how it’s long. With the loss of Thumbplay it will be nice to have a new competitor to take its place.
It looks like Slacker just got a big leg up from Verizon: The latest Android update Verizon has pushed out to their Droid Incredible owners includes an automatic install of the latest version of Slacker. While some phone owners will probably be annoyed at the lack of choice on the install, I’m sure most will check it out and be intrigued.
It’ll be interesting to see how much this increases Slacker’s user base. With them preparing to roll out a more fully featured subscription service in the near-future it seems they have a significant advantage over the competition because they are being automatically installed, and don’t have to wait for the typical Incredible user to find out about them and choose to download.