Tips and Tricks for the New Slacker

There’s a lot you can do on the new Slacker. So much in fact, we wanted to share a handful of our favorite features.

What’s your favorite feature? Leave it in the comments!

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Share what you’re listening to. 

Click your name or email address at the top of the page to access your settings. Then click “sharing settings” to link your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts.

New Slacker Player Settings

Or if you’d rather pick and choose what you share, click the share icon!

New Slacker Share

 

2. Fine tune your station just the way you like.

Click on the fine tune button:

Fine Tune Button

  • Looking to discover new artists? Move the “Related Artists” dial right. Keep it to the far left to only include the artists you love.
  • Your Hearted songs will play more often the further you move the dial to the right.
  • Move the “Popular Songs” dial right to hear what songs are popular on Slacker.
  • Choose if you want to hear new or old songs. Don’t have a preference? Keep it in the middle.
  • Toggle our DJs on or get hourly updates from ABC News and ESPN.

Fine Tuning

 

3. Don’t know the lyric? We’ve got you covered. 

Click on the song name:

Click on Song Name Lyrics New Slacker

Voila! No excuses to screw up the lyrics anymore. (Full lyrics are only available for Slacker Radio Plus and Slacker Premium subscribers.) For more information and to see how you can get Radio Plus and Premium click here. 

Song Lyrics New Slacker

 

4. Get recommendations from our music experts.

Click the “Music Guide” for fun and easy music discovery.

Music Guide New Slacker

 

5. Find out what tracks are hot right now.

Also in the “Music Guide” section, you’ll find what’s hot on Slacker. Updated in real time!

New Slacker Hot Tracks Real Time

6. Looking for friend’s suggestions? We have that too! 

Scroll to the bottom of the “Music Guide” to see what your friends are listening to. Note: you must be connected via Facebook.

 New Slacker Friend Suggestions

 

We want to hear from you! Tell us your favorite features in the comments.

 

Welcome to the Brand New Slacker

The new Slacker is officially live!

Today is a big day. We have been sitting on our hands in anticipation and bursting with excitement as we prepared to unveil a completely redesigned, restructured  and revamped Slacker. And now – the day has arrived.

 

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The new Slacker is here.

The start of a new era.

The blossoming of a beautiful new friendship.

 

 

So welcome to Slacker – where you will enjoy the best music experience you can get on what is now the most complete music service on Earth. What exactly does that mean? Take a look:

 

 

Since 2006, our collective passion for music, commitment to improve, and determination to offer our users the best music experience possible, has brought us to this point. We are now able to offer our 4+ million users more than 13 million songs, the industry’s deepest customization tools, and our unique team of expert music curators and hosts who constantly update Slacker’s more than 200 genre and specialty stations. Gone are the days of hearing the same song over and over again. With Slacker, your music is always fresh, new and exciting.

With today’s launch, Slacker now has the world’s most complete music service for the Web, mobile, auto and home devices, that weave together a seamless music discovery experience everywhere you go. No matter how you listen, when you listen and what you listen to, you will always get uniquely personalized entertainment and countless easy-to-use features.

Watch this video to take a tour of the new Slacker design and see the features you will enjoy:

 

 

Now dive right in. Go to Slacker and create your own station or explore hundreds of our specialty stations. Also, make sure to check out the mobile apps and home devices. Remember, Slacker is free on any device.  But, you can also subscribe to Slacker Radio Plus or Slacker Premium service that delivers the ultimate experience. Click here for more information about subscriptions.

We love feedback so feel free to let us know what you think. And, stay tuned. It is going to be a big year at Slacker and a lot of  exciting things are coming your way!

 

Listen Up. We’re Bringing Music Curation Back.

When I was a kid, pre-Internet, I had a love/hate relationship with the radio.
wnew radioI grew up in New York and in my teens WNEW-FM was my constant companion. WNEW positioned itself as the station “Where Rock Lives.”  Every song seemed perfectly picked, placed, and contextualized — it was music curation at its finest. Listening as a preteen, I discovered tons of new music, or at least artists who were new to me. Rock really did seem to live on that station. Its DJs were true hosts, turning song selection and the music experience into an art form I clung to every word that Jonathan Schwartz, Vin Scelsa, and Scott Muni uttered. After all, in a time before message boards or social media, these people were my friends –intimate friends who turned me on to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan.

After a while, I became frustrated with WNEW-FM. I had discovered a whole new world, “Where Rock Lives,” and WNEW wasn’t playing very much of it anymore. I heard an occasional Ramones song, but where were the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Jam, and Wire? WNEW was too busy playing Foreigner, Styx, and Journey.  Yuck, yuck, and yuck. (Ironically, I now have a custom-made Slacker station called The Bands I Hated in High School Kinda Sound Good to Me Now–but I’m getting ahead of myself here.)

Eventually I broke up with WNEW. The station had betrayed me.  There was only so much Foreigner I could take. It certainly was no longer the place where my rock lived. I abandoned the station and, as a result, I abandoned the radio.

Years later – Napster came onto the scene, which changed the music listening experience forever. All the world’s music was accessible with a click of a mouse. I loved Napster at first but soon grew uncomfortable with both its bad song results and lack of artist support.

Through the 2000s I drifted from service to service online. Rhapsody, Imeem, iTunes, eMusic…I tried them all. But somehow, despite the cool music platform that the Web had become, something was missing. Some days I found treasures, but most days it felt a bit cold, clinical Listening to music on these services was mostly clean and efficient, but it wasn’t all that entertaining, and it certainly wasn’t magical. These were algorithms and applications, not good friends and radio hosts, crafting my music experiences. The human element was missing.

For the first time in years, I found myself missing the old WNEW-FM.

Then, in 2011, I found Slacker.

Slacker LogoSlacker would have seemed like an impossible dream to the eighteen-year-old me. It worked everywhere. On my computer, on my phone, in my car. Best of all is the curation. At Slacker, I have more than 200 pre-programmed stations to choose from. Sure, there are the expected genre stations — Today’s Hits, New Hip Hop, Country, and an excellent slate of Alternative stations. But Slacker also digs really deep with Eclectic Rock, Great Songs You ForgotOld School R&B, and Grunge: 20 Years Later. These are thematic stations that terrestrial radio could never dream of.

With Slacker, I can access the biggest hits, or reinvent the concept of formats, on a daily basis. Only people who live and breathe music every day could come up with stations like Dive Bar Jukebox, Broken Heart Radio, or The 50 Most Embarrassing Facebook Songs. No algorithm in the world can put a music mix together like these stations.

With Slacker, I am able to follow hosts like Mat Bates and Scott Riggs, whose expert curation routinely blows me away.

I love Scott’s Indie Hits mix and I find Mat’s New Music First stations invaluable.  I really couldn’t live without The New 40, the Slacker station that plays the best 40 songs regardless of genre, each and every week.

Yet as good at turning me on to music as Mat and Scott are, I love being able to overrule them, to have more power than the DJ, to take a good station and make it better. I can fine-tune any station by tweaking the music mix based on related artists, song popularity, and song age. Fine-tune is an extremely cool feature. I can add sports from ESPN, news from ABC, and talk from American Public Media.

At Slacker, I have total control of a music library of more than 13 million songs. I can lean in and make custom playlists. I can lean back by simply typing a band or song name into the Search box and just let the music play.  For a guy who spent days as a kid making mixed tapes, this seems unbelievably fast, efficient, and wondrous.

Most important, at Slacker I feel like the human spirit of the old WNEW FM, and every great radio station from years past, lives and thrives, but within a new and innovative technological construct. Experts like Scott & Mat make superb stations – they are bringing music curation back. The technology platform makes everything easier, better and more customizable.

So go ahead, poke around, play a station, or enter a song. It’s up to you; the jigsaw jazz and get-fresh flow are here right now. Slacker is where it’s at–all you have to do is Listen Up.

Enter the New Slacker Sweepstakes!

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Do you like free stuff? Yeah you do! To celebrate the launch of the new Slacker, we’re giving away a FREE month trial of Slacker Premium to everyone who enters our sweepstakes on Facebook. Seriously, simple as that.

It doesn’t stop there though, we have more than a dozen prizes up for grabs. Take a look below at some of the prizes you can win, including a Grand prize $500 Visa gift card + one year subscription of Slacker Premium.

 

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Head over to our Facebook page here to enter the Meet the New Slacker sweepstakes. Good luck!