Recently I left Pandora’s free service and gave a Slacker a try and was so impressed with the service that I subscribed to their Plus Plan which is basically $4 bucks a month for ad free and unlimited fast forwarding. No, you don’t get to play your favorite song on demand or make cool playlists like their top plan for $10 bucks a month offers, but I found that it is perfect for me and usually within a few other related songs, I hear the song I wanted to listen to anyway. So now, Slacker is going to add some really cool new partners to the mix, one in particular I am pretty happy about and this is The Weather Channel! The Weather Channel feature within Slacker is going to allow you customizable forecasts and updates.

Also added to Slackers content is American Public Media that has a “Marketplace (that) produces the country’s top business and economic news programs, attracting 9.3 million listeners each week. And The Current is one of America’s top non-commercial Triple A music stations, cited frequently in Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines. We are pleased to offer Slacker users easy access to this award-winning programming.”

This is some great news for Slacker subscribers like me and definitely adds more value to my subscription.

Pricing and Availability

The Weather Channel updates and forecasts will launch in early 2012 as part of the Slacker Radio service. Slacker Radio is currently available at www.Slacker.com or by accessing Slacker Radio from a supported device. Slacker Radio Plus, which is available for $3.99 per month and Slacker Premium Radio (featuring on-demand music play), which is available for $9.99 per month, can be purchased by visiting www.Slacker.com or selecting the “upgrade” button from within a Slacker Radio mobile application.

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APM Content Including “Marketplace” and “The Current” Soon Available to Slacker’s Millions of Listeners

LAS VEGAS – January 10, 2012 – Slacker Inc. today announced a partnership with American Public Media to bring award-winning public radio programming to the Slacker lineup. Slacker users will be able to listen to APM’s Marketplace and The Current for free anywhere that Slacker is available, from mobile devices to Sonos wireless systems. Emphasizing Slacker’s dedication to being the ultimate radio resource, this partnership is yet another step in allowing Slacker listeners to enjoy an incredibly diverse collection of radio content right at their fingertips.

“We’re proud to work with Slacker and offer some of our most popular programming via Slacker Personal Radio,” said APM President and CEO, Jon McTaggart. “Marketplace produces the country’s top business and economic news programs, attracting 9.3 million listeners each week. And The Current is one of America’s top non-commercial Triple A music stations, cited frequently in Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines. We are pleased to offer Slacker users easy access to this award-winning programming.”

The Current on Slacker Radio will be curated and updated weekly with a mix of local and national musical content chosen by station programming staff. Marketplace on Slacker Radio will offer its popular and unique take on business news developments via the Marketplace flagship program, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Tech Report, Marketplace Money and the Marketplace Index.

“Including American Public Media programming in our lineup of curated music and non-music content reinforces that Slacker is radio done right,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “From customizable sports content to national and world news, DJ-curated Slacker stations and now public radio, Slacker offers a unique and compelling range of content for our listeners.”

To get the free Slacker mobile application, simply direct your mobile web browser to www.Slacker.com.

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Slacker to Offer Listeners Customizable Forecasts and Updates from The Weather Channel

Slacker Radio Service to Offer Listeners Weather, Live Sports, ABC News, Music and More

LAS VEGAS – January 10, 2012 – Slacker, Inc. today announced a partnership with The Weather Channel to bring customizable national, regional and local weather updates and forecasts to Slacker listeners. The Weather Channel integration will be available in early 2012 on the web as well as mobile devices.

All Slacker listeners, regardless of their service tier, will have access to features from The Weather Channel, including a dedicated station from The Weather Channel featuring national, regional and local forecasts and updates from major market cities throughout the United States. Weather updates and forecasts will also be available as optional items to be added to stations of the listener’s choice to get the latest weather updates on any of their favorite Slacker radio stations.

“This partnership will enable The Weather Channel to expand our reach and deliver weather content to Slacker Radio listeners when and where they want it,” said Mike Pons, vice president and general manager at The Weather Channel Local Group. “Slacker is taking an approach to Personal Radio that is unlike any other service and we are happy to be a part of it.”

Earlier this week, Slacker launched live ESPN shows and sporting events and announced the addition of programming from American Public Media. Adding real-time updates from The Weather Channel to Slacker’s millions of songs and non-music content further highlights Slacker’s commitment to creating the best Personal Radio experience.
“Every person is affected by weather; it’s an important part of our lives,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “Including weather on our stations is one more way that Slacker is offering the most relevant content to listeners, providing the best possible personal radio experience.”

Slacker Radio is dedicated to offering a fully customizable online radio experience that includes the most varied and compelling range of personalized content offered by any Internet radio service. The Slacker Radio experience includes over 150 expert-programmed music stations, ABC news, personalized ESPN Sports content and live streaming programs, American Public Radio programming, comedy, custom artist-hosted showcase stations, leading music festival stations with the new lifestyle stations and The Weather Channel updates coming soon. With a music catalog that is over ten times larger than Pandora, the leading radio competitor, Slacker Radio gives listeners the ultimate music and content discovery resource.

Pricing and Availability

The Weather Channel updates and forecasts will launch in early 2012 as part of the Slacker Radio service. Slacker Radio is currently available at www.Slacker.com or by accessing Slacker Radio from a supported device. Slacker Radio Plus, which is available for $3.99 per month and Slacker Premium Radio (featuring on-demand music play), which is available for $9.99 per month, can be purchased by visiting www.Slacker.com or selecting the “upgrade” button from within a Slacker Radio mobile application.

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