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)

Gadling’s 10 days of gadget giveaways – day 1 – Slacker G2 personal radio player

Welcome to day one of the Gadling Gadget Giveaway. Starting today, and for the next 10 weekdays, we’ll be giving away some fantastic prizes.

Today’s prize, is for a Slacker G2 personal radio player. This wireless enabled portable music player was reviewed here on Gadling back in September, and was featured as one of our best travel technology products of 2008.

With the Slacker G2, you can carry personalized radio stations wherever you go, and when you run out of fresh music, you simply connect to a Wi-Fi network for a fresh batch of tunes. The Slacker online radio service even works in your web browser or in the dedicated Slacker desktop player!

  • To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us about your favorite traveling song.
  • The comment must be left before Monday November 24th 2008 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One Prize Winner will be randomly selected to receive one free Slacker G2 personal radio player.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • The total value of the prize is $199.
  • Click here for the complete official rules of this giveaway