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15 January 2009 @ 09:13 am
Well, in my quest to find a replacement for Launchcast, I'm so far really leaning towards Slacker.com. I love the idea of Pandora, but the sound quality is a little low and there are so many bands it hasn't heard of. Also, it only works intermittently on my work computer. With Slacker.com, the quality is high and their catalog is startlingly deep for the music I like (The Cucumbers! Harpers Bizarre! The Astropuppees!). I also like the manner in which it suggests music you might like, so much easier than the multiple page reloads required on Launchcast.

And unlike Launchcast and Pandora, it really responds to my OCD-like need to control my playlist. Almost too well at the moment since I've just started programming it and am starting to get repeats.

Unfortunately, the free version is a little underpowered: you can only select 100 songs (but as many groups as you like) and you're stuck with ads. So if I'm sticking with it, I definitely need to pay up. The price is $4/month, which is $1 more than I was paying with Launchcast, but not bad at all considering how much I'll use it.

I'm also very intrigued by their portable player, which picks up a bunch of new songs from your playlist anytime it's near wi-fi or plugged into the net, so you can take your customized radio station with you anywhere. That's just genius.

Before I bite that bullet though, I need to give Last.FM another shot.

Listening to: Camera Obscura - "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"
themacguffin on January 15th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
please continue to report back on Slacker as I am extremely curious now (I am a current Pandora user) and always looking to improve
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on January 15th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Will do!
The Semi-Mad Network Adminkaraksindru on January 15th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Woot.com has a portable slacker player once in a while. I haven't been shopping for them, so I'm not sure if Woot's price is a good deal or not, but it typically is. The last one was this 8GB model for $69.99
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: drooling monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 15th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot cheaper than I've seen. Thanks!
doNUT!donutgirl on January 15th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of last.fm, but I'm not sure it will suit your needs well.
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 16th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
As soon as Yahoo officially borks, I'll probably get one. A Slacker player, that is. I'll let you know if it is any good. You can buy the older players at reduced cost, but from what I've read the newer improved player is much better.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: searle figaroassmonkeydiary on January 16th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Awesome. Thanks!

Yeah, the new players look pretty sleek.
(Anonymous) on January 29th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Well it doesn't have everything, but in combination with Spotify last.fm have almost all i need.