If the title LiveOne is unfamiliar, that is as a result of it is only some years outdated, and it is higher identified for the streaming service contained inside the app: Slacker Radio. Slacker has lengthy been praised for the wonderful curation of its playlists and channels/stations, however what makes the app and repair bounce out for this record, specifically, is that it has been on the forefront of offline listening choices for over 15 years.
In 2008, Slacker launched the Slacker Moveable, a purpose-built moveable gadget that synced Slacker stations over Wi-Fi for offline listening, even totally free customers. It was an excellent thought, and at close-out costs, it will definitely discovered its viewers. Nonetheless, it wasn’t marketed nicely, and since it got here out shortly after the discharge of the iPhone and shortly earlier than the launch of the App Retailer, its timing was horrible.
Having stated that, this expertise offers Slacker a for much longer monitor document in offline listening than its rivals. It isn’t free prefer it was when there was a devoted Slacker gadget, as a substitute being a part of the service’s prime plan, which prices $9.99 per thirty days. That is arguably a bit steep when you’re already subscribing to a different music service and simply need Slacker’s workplace advantages, notably since Slacker would not supply options which may make it a completely viable various, like lossless encoding.
However in relation to a comparatively seamless expertise that bears little distinction to listening to Slacker’s content material on-line, and if, specifically, you just like the depth of suggestions from human-selected playlists throughout all genres, Slacker/LiveOne is fairly onerous to beat.