Take Slacker on the road this summer with our Slacker car listening giveaway!

Staying entertained during a (long) summer roadtrip can be a major hassle – if you rely on broadcast radio, you’ll be forced to find new stations every couple of hours, and if your tunes come from CD’s, you’ll need a large stash of them for the trip.

Thankfully there is a great alternative – with Slacker personal radio. With the latest version of Slacker on your Blackberry, iPhone or Android device, you can customize your own radio station, or pick from one of their own selections. And with the Slacker “cached radio” feature, music is downloaded and stored on your device, which means you can play music for hours without the need for a data connection.

Gadling has teamed up with Slacker to bring you a couple of great prizes – by entering our contest, you can win one of two Slacker car listening packages or one of six three month Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions.

In the car listening package, you get a high-power FM transmitter and a one year subscription to Slacker Radio Plus.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us your favorite road trip destination!

  • To enter, simply leave a comment answering the question posted above.
  • The comment must be left before Monday June 21 2010 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Eight Prize Winners will be randomly selected to receive either one of two Slacker car listening kits (FM transmitter + 1 year Slacker Radio Plus subscription) or one of six three month Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions. (We’ll decide which prize goes to which winner.) A (free) Slacker account is required to enable the Radio Plus subscription.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • The total value of each prize is approximately $87.87 (Car listening kit) or $15 (three month Radio Plus subscription).
  • Click here for the complete official rules of this giveaway.

Newest version of Slacker (finally) brings cached music to the iPhone

This afternoon, Apple gave approval to the newest version of the Slacker personal radio app for the iPhone. We’ve been following Slacker for some time now, and (personally) I find them to offer one of the best streaming music services on the market. Their stations offer a fantastic lineup of tunes, and their mobile applications are available for most platforms.

As an Android user, I’ve had the luxury of cached stations for some time now, but iPhone users can finally join the fun, and download cached stations to their device. With this new feature, the app can store a decent amount of music directly to your phone, without the need for connectivity.

This is of course perfect if you are traveling, and don’t want to pay through the nose for international data. The new version is also perfectly timed for the upcoming changes to AT&T data plans.

You’ll find the newest version of Slacker in the App Store. To enjoy the cached stations feature, you’ll need to upgrade to Slacker Plus, which starts at just $3.99/month.

Get yourself in the holiday spirit with Slacker iPhone Holiday Radio

In need of some cheering up this holiday season? Slacker just released a free Christmas version of their popular iPhone/iPod Touch streaming music app.

The Holiday version includes 11 festive channels, including “Dysfunctional Holiday” and several channels to cater for your personal taste in music.

As with the regular Slacker player, this one is free of charge. When you upgrade to Slacker Plus, you remove the ads from inside the app, and add the ability to skip more than 6 times per hour.

Still, even without the plus upgrade, this app is a fun and free way to get your daily fix of Christmas music. Thankfully the app also allows you to “ban” certain songs, which is exactly what I’ll do when “Last Christmas” pops up in my playlist.

You’ll find Slacker iPhone Holiday Radio in the App Store under “Slacker Holiday”, or by clicking this link (iTunes URL)

Slacker Personal Radio comes to Android

This has been a pretty big week for Android fans. Verizon Wireless became the third US operator to hop on board the Android bandwagon, and did so with not one, but two different Android devices.

The Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris are bother very impressive phones. Of course, a good smartphone becomes a great smartphone when developers create high quality applications for the platform.

One of those apps to be released this week is the Slacker Personal Radio player. It appeared in the Android market on Thursday, and is free of charge.

Using the app is free as well – though if you want to remove ads and add the ability to skip more than 6 tracks an hour, you’ll want to consider upgrading to Slacker Radio Plus (starting at just $3.99/month).

The app mimics the Slacker browser interface nicely, and you get the same favorite/block controls that give you full control over your music preferences.

I found the time to load tracks a bit on the long side, even when on 3G, and unlike on the Blackberry Slacker version, no tracks are cached to the memory card, so you will always need to be in range of WiFi or a cell signal to use Slacker. And, unlike on the iPhone, Slacker runs nicely in the background, and even shows your current track in the Android dropdown notification bar.

Slacker personal radio service comes to the Blackberry

Remember Slacker? Their personal radio service was one of the winners in the Gadling “best of 2008” lineup of travel technology products.

Until now, the only way to take Slacker with you on the road, was through one of their portable radio players. That just changed with the release of Slacker for the Blackberry.

Users of a fairly recent Blackberry device can download the free Slacker application directly to their device by pointing their mobile browser to Slacker.com.

The application offers all the same features you’ll find on the other Slacker players, plus you’ll be able to store several hours of tunes on a memory card (when installed).

With music cached on your memory card, you’ll be able to keep listening to music even when you are outside your network coverage area, or away from your WiFi network.

Slacker also announced that they’ll have an iPhone version of their player ready soon!