Slacker Radio planning major overhaul

Discussion in 'Slacker Radio' started by Jon, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    I think this one is completly god-awful. I hate it with every fibre of my being.

    And are my favourite songs in blue or yellow? I have no friking idea. I wanted to mark one but I can't tell whether I made it a favourite or removed it. The old one was bland and boring. This one is bright, busy and awful.
  2. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Well you know what they say... "Different Strokes" I don't see anything awful about it myself. The reviews in most places are very positive. I think it is a turn in the right direction. Bright, cheerful with cool interface, versus, black and boring. The old interface was killing Slacker and they are never going to be able to move ahead if they don't go in this direction. Most other apps are pretty bright, colorful and polished. I think they are going to have to do a bit of tweaking, but overall I think its going to find a high acceptability rate. For most it will just be getting over the initial learning curve. Just like with Windows 8.
  3. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    So can which colour is a favourite blue or yellow.
  4. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Yellow is when you heart of favor a song! I've not seen the blue?
  5. Satradiodude

    Satradiodude Active Member

    I notice it's blue when you are on a song that has not been labled a favorite.

    I subscribed to the plus service for a year and let it run out when I was on the fence about the premium version, so I contacted on line support to ask some questions and the response I received was abrupt and rude, so I decided I would not renew at all.

    If it was not for this forum I would not even know they were offering a free preview for the full service today, I got no email or any communication at all- so how do they expect to get or renew existing subscribers when they don't inform about the free preview on the launch of there redesigned website?

    Also why did they kill the yearly plan?- they could offer a break and get revenue faster.

    I personally prefer SiriusXM - (I do have lifetime, but I also get the internet subscription as well and really like the On demand and the my control feature.
  6. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Slacker for a long time has been horrible at customer retention and keeping their subscribers informed. All the other music services put out a weekly newsletter letting you as a subscriber know what is new and whats going on with the service. I've never gotten anything from Slacker. Like you said you want folks to come back, but you don't maintain a database of forum subscribers that you can send an email to inviting them back for the free preview? It just bogles the mind how inept they are at this stuff.

    These poor support guys try to put a pretty face on it, but you can run, but cannot hide from the facts.
  7. Super Dave

    Super Dave Member

    Funny, today they ran a commercial free premium day, sponsored by, and they let me know every 4 songs for half a minute to minute spot informing me, ad free? Ha
  8. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    I toyed with the mobile app a little, and like it a lot better than I do the old version. The color scheme works on a mobile screen, which helps see what you're doing when you're driving, or doing some other activity and can't look at the screen for too long. The brighter screen makes a significant difference.

    I also like that when you go to your cached stations, it gives you the option of playing the streaming version, or the cached version. And the cached version comes right up, where there was some lag before. In that regard it's a dramatic improvement.
  9. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    Does your's not toggle yellow and blue? It's blue on my PC under Chrome. I would have assumed it was the same on all PCs and browsers.
  10. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    For those that used to bill yearly and have not changed it, they still do bill yearly.
  11. TX WJ

    TX WJ Intelligent Donkey

    I love the web app its awesome, why doesn't the iPad app look as good.
  12. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    Have they always had a 'favourite song channel'? If not, this is a nice addition.

    Still think the GUI looks god awful but in the end, I think I can still do anything I did before so it doesn't really matter. 99% of the time it remains minimized.
  13. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    They did. It was just much harder to find. :p
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  14. mmp1964

    mmp1964 New Member

    More than just look and feel

    The problem for me is not the look. It is the functionality. They have completely up-ended how you manage custom stations. I know they dumbed it down to make it easier to use for more casual listeners, but they could have done that without alienating power users. I used to be able to view all of the artists associated with my custom stations in a list, and followed a guided path of related artists that I could than add simply by checking a box. It was an awesome feature. Now - that is all gone. There is no way to see the artists associated with a station, other than a stupid graphical representation that shows maybe 10 artists. To add an artist, I have to search for that artists outside of the context of the station, and then add the artist to that or any other station.

    Slacker is still superior to Pandora - still has a bigger library, offline content (for $4/month), unlimited skips ($4/month) and on-demand/playlist functionality for supported artists ($9.99/month). But not sure how they line up vs. Rdio, Spotify, etc. after this release. Not happy right now w/ Slacker.
  15. mmp1964

    mmp1964 New Member

    If you have a sub to listen online - you should check out the "My Control" beta if you haven't already.
  16. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    For sure. I think the two services complement each other quite nicely now.
  17. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

  18. roscoryan

    roscoryan DRC Graphics Guru

    I do like the new interface and look. It was a much needed upgrade in my book.

    A couple of the advanced features will be missed, but I think Slacker has realized they needed to have a cleaner, simpler format to compete with Pandora for the mainstream listener.

    One other factor I'm really crossing my fingers on is the new marketing effort. I'm very happy to FINALLY see them getting aggressive on going after Pandora. It's a much better service IMHO:

    [ame=]Slacker. The most complete music service on Earth. - YouTube[/ame]
  19. roscoryan

    roscoryan DRC Graphics Guru

    Did you try clicking on the "Looking for the old site? Click here" link on the bottom of the new page?

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