Slacker Radio Review

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Slacker Radio (owned now by LiveXLive) is a highly personalized online radio service where you generate your personal stations by just naming the artists you prefer. You can download Slacker Radio for iOS or Android and enjoy the music selected personally, as well as programs the deejays use to deliver their views.

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Functionality 5/5                             

With Slacker, you can enjoy automatically generated stations (in fact, server-controlled playlists), according to the preferences you share. On the Premium plan, you can also cache these lists or listen to tracks on demand. It also features videoclips and live music videos for you to please both your eyes and eyes. Less popular than Pandora or Spotify, Slacker instead has its loyal audience due to its recognizable manner in preparing and commenting on the music.

Design 5/5

The app just follows the standards that the online radio industry has developed; but that’s quite okay. Most of the screen is filled with radio logos on the plain white or black background, so you just need to select and tap one to start listening. Hundreds of stations are systemized on the list you can browse through. The app looks quite stylish, though, with very little difference from rivals. We can explain it with good background color and font combination.

Usability 5/5

Slacker Radio (or LiveXLive) is a service similar to Pandora or Spotify. It lets you generate your personal stations, based on artists and tracks you like, or listen to premade stations, playlists or compilations. Yet there is a difference: Slacker had always been into DJ personality, colorizing the broadcast with wit and energy. And it sticks to it, even being a part of LiveXLive, so you may prefer this radio because of its individual manner of serving the music.

Slacker is the host for an incredible number of podcasts and live shows about music, spiced up with the hottest tracks. It conducts live broadcasts from concerts, festivals, parties, any musical events worth your attention. No algorithm can replace real human attitude – that’s the motto, and Slacker (even being a part of LiveXLive) shows a whole lot of attitude. If you are conscious about the music and open for new views, Slacker will be better food for your soul than its rivals.

Cross-Platform Use 5/5

Along with Android and iOS, LiveXLive is available on TV consoles (like Apple TV or Android-powered ones). It has rather low system requirements and takes little storage unless you cache hours of music. Slacker service also works with wearable devices, but with no special app: just a regular playback control based on your system player.

In-App Purchases

Like most online radios, LiveXLive offers you a premium subscription. The only free option is stuffed with audio commercials and features just 128 kbps stream. There is a better option, named Plus, that removes the ads, and the quality increases with 320 kbps. Finally, with Premium, you can play tracks on demand, plus cache single tracks and entire albums and compilations. Alas, all the plans are personal, with no family options.

The Bottom Line

It’s the best to describe Slacker as a radio station combined with a music magazine, plus a conversation with an old record seller in a vinyl store. Being truly into music means spreading this love around, and Slacker uses the Internet for that. Its pricing is quite average for the industry, while its attitude is unique.



If you like to discover new music and listen to DJs and hosts serving it personally, download LiveXLive (as you cannot download Slacker Radio anymore), and feel like it’s really addressing you.

Pros : Lots of music;
Your tastes matter;
Shows and broadcasts by DJs and experts, delivering their own views;
Free mode available.

Cons : Only available in the USA and Canada;
No family plan.

Functionality 5

Design 5

Usability 5

Cross-platform use 5

Average : 5.0


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