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Slacker G2


$165.00 Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Exposes you to good music that you've never heard before. Can use all of the online functionality for free without a subscription. Much sleeker than the original device.

The Cons:WiFi connection requires the battery be more than 50% charged. Syncing Internet radio stations takes a long time, drains battery quickly. Only available in the United States.

Introduced in the middle of September 2008, the second generation Slacker (Slacker G2) is a wireless Internet radio client and MP3 player. Improving on all aspects of the original device, the Slacker G2 targets fans of web radio and services such as Pandora, and/or those interested in seeking alternatives to the basic iPod / iTunes model of enjoying music on the go.

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Product Shot 2 The design features two models, one with 4GB of storage and 20 Internet radio stations, and another with 8GB and 40 stations. Those that simply purchase the device can enjoy ad-supported Internet radio with the ability to skip up to 6 songs per hour, while those willing to pay a $10 monthly subscription to an ad-free premium service are allowed unlimited skips as well as the ability to download songs to the device. Both devices can be had for $200 and $250 respectively.

At 40% the size of the original device, the G2 "trims the fat" and refines itself compared to the much bulkier and awkward device. With a 2.5" screen and easier to access buttons, the device allows users to gain access to all types of WiFi connections, including ones which require secure browser based logins. The main attraction of the device is its user customizable radio stations which pull from a category of over 2 million songs, and allow users to request songs. Overall, reactions to the device has been quite positive, but this is not saying reviewers have not faces certain issues with the device, such as the fact that the G2 doesn't play well with choppy or slow connections, and updating radio stations requires the user to wait 10 to 15 minutes for the player to buffer and cache all of the data that is required.

Features

  • Display: 2.8" colour display, 320 x 240
  • Storage: 4 or 8GB, for caching radio song data and allowing users to load their favourite tracks onto the device
  • Supported audio formats: MP3, WMA, and AAC
  • Connection: 802.11b/g
  • Cost: $200 (4GB), $250 (8GB)
  • Dimensions & weight: 87?53x13.5mm, 2.5 ounces

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Pros
  • 3

    exposes you to good music that you've never heard before

  • 3

    can use all of the online functionality for free without a subscription

  • 3

    much sleeker than the original device

  • 3

    can be used as a traditional mp3 player

  • 3

    interesting revenue model; i'd be willing to pay a little more for no commercials on TV as well

  • 3

    you can save and listen to favorite tracks at any time with paid subscription

  • 3

    heart and ban buttons means your radio station will adapt to your tastes

  • 2

    good if you're lazy and don't want to maintain your own music library

  • 2

    Displays album art, track information, and artist bios which helps you discover new music

  • 0

    online subscription ads a lot of value to the device for not much extra

Cons
  • 4

    WiFi connection requires the battery be more than 50% charged

  • 3

    syncing Internet radio stations takes a long time, drains battery quickly

  • 3

    only available in the United States

  • 2

    radio cache files don't leave much room on the device for permanent music

  • 1

    so far Windows only

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