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Slacker gains label support for song copying

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Tue April 8, 2008

Slacker signs music labels

Slacker, the creator of its namesake Portable Radio Player, has announced a deal for the support of all four major record labels: Warner, Universal, EMI and Sony BMG. The Portable is an unusual "radio" device in that it does not stream live music, but rather syncs with the Slacker service via USB or Wi-Fi, and copies up to 40 "stations" for listening offline as well as on. As music plays listeners can rate their tracks, and ban ones they do not want to hear again.

Although Slacker is believed to have had the support of labels before putting its players on sale, the deal now officially lets users save major-label tracks to their players without worrying about copyright infringement. There is no mention however of support for independent labels such as Kranky or Sub Pop, a factor which may affect the widespread appeal of the Portable. Owners must also pay for a Premium Radio service in order to play individual songs, or skip an unlimited number of tracks. [via Orbitcast]

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    bring on the ads!

    Sorry, but I can't stand ads, and many of the 'popular' radio stations these days simply repeat the same 20 songs throughout the day, interspersed with plenty of breaks to make it less obvious.

    Unless there's a quality station or two out there that avoids these practices, I see this venture tanking.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Well use our proprietary method to lock you in to our technology, which will for sure be broken because of the ease and lucrative opportunity of doing so. Too bad you'll be totally dependent on us by then, and screwed, but can do anything about it."

    We've seen what happens when we trust M$ to be everything to everyone, and we should know by now that it's a bad idea...

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