If you’ll remember Slacker Radio underwent a major overhaul and update back in January, but only Canadian users got the Slacker love.  Fortunately, Slacker is spreading the love and now offering their popular radio app for US residents.  The update includes a significant UI upgrade, more customization options, better battery life, and the long awaited station caching feature where you can save stations to your memory card for listening when you don’t have signal.  (Station caching only available for Plus subscribers.)  Hit the jump for the full press release.

SAN DIEGO, CA – February 23, 2010 – Slacker, Inc. today announced the
availability of Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry® smartphones from
Research In Motion. Music lovers can now cache their favorite Slacker
stations wirelessly directly to their BlackBerry smartphones to enjoy
personalized radio on-the-go regardless if they are still connected to a
wireless network or not. Slacker Radio for BlackBerry 3.0 is available
today by visiting Slacker.com from a BlackBerry® Browser and will soon
be available on BlackBerry App World™.

With Slacker Radio 3.0 and a Slacker Radio Plus subscription, music
enthusiasts using a BlackBerry smartphone can wirelessly cache their
favorite stations simply by selecting “Cache Station” from the menu
within the application. Listeners can choose to manually cache their
favorite stations or use “Auto Refresh,” enabling BlackBerry smartphones
to automatically wake during overnight charging and refresh station
content, providing new music daily with no additional effort.

Cached stations are stored on the memory card of the BlackBerry
smartphone and can be played on subways, planes and all destinations in
between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage. Along with
station-storing capabilities, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free
listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests
and more.

Listeners of the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to
play cached stations for up to 14 days, providing the opportunity to try
the full benefits of station caching on their BlackBerry smartphone,
“BlackBerry smartphone users can now benefit from the convenience of
wirelessly caching their favorite Slacker stations,” said Jonathan
Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “This addition
makes it even easier to store music directly on their smartphones to get
the most out of the Slacker Radio experience and truly listen to their
music everywhere they go.”


The millions who listen to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will
continue to enjoy an unparalleled music experience with new
enhancements in the 3.0 version, including improved battery life,
faster application startup and an updated interface. With access to a
song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading
competitor, BlackBerry smartphone owners can use Slacker Basic Radio or
Slacker Radio Plus to create their own Personal Radio stations or
listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations.

Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones:
• Updated interface
• Faster application startup time
• Significantly smaller application size
• Improved touch interface for BlackBerry Storm
• Greatly improved battery life
• New settings menu options
• Tabbed info view for lyrics, reviews and biographies
• Context Aware – click a highlighted artist name in a text message or
email to enable direct launch of a related Slacker station
• Create custom stations based on artists or songs
• View album art and photos
• Rate songs as favorites
• Ban the songs and artists you don’t like
Slacker Radio 3.0 with Slacker Radio Plus:
• Wireless station caching – listen to Slacker Radio without a Wi-Fi or
mobile network connection
• Greatly improved battery life on cached station playback
• Auto Station Refresh – effortlessly updates cached stations overnight
• Unlimited song skipping
• Ad-free listening
• Complete song lyrics*
• Unlimited song requests for creating stations

Pricing and Availability
Slacker Radio for BlackBerry 3.0 is available today by visiting
Slacker.com from a BlackBerry® Browser and will be available soon on
BlackBerry App World™ (http://www.blackberry.com/appworld).
Slacker Radio Plus is available for as low as $3.99 per month and can
be purchased from within the Slacker Radio application or by visiting http://www.Slacker.com/RadioPlus
from a desktop web browser. Please visit www.Slacker.com
for additional details.

Slacker Radio 3.0 for BlackBerry is compatible with BlackBerry
smartphones model 8500 and higher** including all BlackBerry Bold,
BlackBerry Tour and BlackBerry Storm series and most newer BlackBerry
Curve series smartphones.

About Slacker, Inc.

Slacker is the world’s first Personal Radio company offering “Your Radio
Everywhere.” Slacker allows music lovers to play highly personalized
music online at the Slacker web site or on the go with Slacker Personal
Radio players and mobile phones. Slacker mobile applications are
currently available for Android, BlackBerry smartphones, Palm web OS,
and the iPhone. For more information visit http://www.Slacker.com/everywhere.

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become a Fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SlackerRadio
or visit www.Slacker.com.

* Not all lyrics are available for all songs in library
** The BlackBerry 8830 smartphone is not currently supported with
Slacker for BlackBerry 3.0.