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Slacker as a "Sirius" substitute for SiriusXM?

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#26 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 07:10 PM

Thanks Galaxie, I updated the version this morning after doing a bit of research. It seems to be doing better today, although I haven't done a full refresh of all my channels. To get the new software version I had to delete all stations except one then, when I did an update on WiFi it updated the one station and the software.

By the way, I heard a repeat today, "Dead Skunk" by Loudon Wainwright III. :lol:
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#27 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 10:28 PM

So much for the software update. I haven't been able to get all the stations to update at any time yet. I feel like an unpaid beta tester. This thing is a GREAT idea that is not ready for prime time (yet).
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Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:38 PM

This thing has me so frustrated I am about to throw it against the wall. It is a useless piece of crap. It locks up everytime I turn it on now. I did two software updates and no change. Totally worthless. I messed with it for over an hour yesterday just to get it producing sound. I never know if when using the scroll key if it will respond immediately or if it will take over 5 minutes to respond. I sent a message to Slacker yesterday, but no response yet. When it locks up I can't even turn it off, all I can do is reboot which brings it up and locks it up again. Removing the battery does the same. Plugging the battery back in results in another lockup. Making it USB unfriendly was a HUGE mistake. I'm not going to change the address of my router just to be able to use the USB connection!! I don't know from one day to the next if it will work at all. I am going to TRY to get my money back for this piece of crap from Slacker. I have no desire to screw around with another unit. DO NOT BUY THIS THING!!!!
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#29 OFFLINE   WERA689

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:35 AM

This is a G1, isn't it Richard?

link to my system specs: http://www.dbstalk.c...d/#entry3298344

My wonderful cat, Kawie, passed away on 11/23/08. He had a remarkable soul, and I miss him deeply. Thank you, my buddy, for sharing your life with me.


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Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:11 AM

As mentioned before, I recently Wooted a 25 station 8Gig "Slacker" WiFi radio. After using it for a couple of days, I have become convinced that if I were a music only listener on XM that the Slacker would be a great substiute. I can load any of 25 radio "stations" that they program and listen to any of them at any time. They claim that the free subscription is advertising supported with 2 ads per hour. I have yet to hear an ad after many hours of listening (while working on rebuilding a house here). Anyway, so far I am very impressed. My only two complaints are that I have a problem hooking it up to the computer and it takes a couple of minutes for it to fire up when turned on. The first isn't really a problem since I can "reload" my station by WiFi. I don't think there's a cure for the second problem. So far, so good.

http://www.slacker.com/


I use the Slacker service on my Blackberry phone. It's less expensive than XM was and I have more control over the content. :)

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#31 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:57 PM

This is a G1, isn't it Richard?

Yes, it is. I have been busy with other things and just now got back to emailing them. I hope they find a solution, becuase this thing is just too frustrating the way it is "working" now. :barf:
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:20 PM

Yes, it is. I have been busy with other things and just now got back to emailing them. I hope they find a solution, becuase this thing is just too frustrating the way it is "working" now. :barf:

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 08:10 PM

Yes, it is. I have been busy with other things and just now got back to emailing them. I hope they find a solution, becuase this thing is just too frustrating the way it is "working" now. :barf:


I've already found their online chat to be very effective...you might want to try that option if possible. Having issues here getting a G2 to connect via wi-fi. Warranty exchange is already underway, within one day.

link to my system specs: http://www.dbstalk.c...d/#entry3298344

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:11 AM

Every time I look at the online "support" feature it is "offline". I've tried it and no one responds. My unit is locked up again this morning and is a boat anchor. I don't own a boat, but I guess I could wedge it under the door and use it as a doorstop.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:38 AM

They're sending me an RMA to exchange the unit. :(
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 07:32 AM

At least you're getting it replaced, Richard... that's a good thing!

I have to thank you for pointing this service out; I wasn't even aware of it. I loaded the app on my iPhone and computers. I listen in the office for most of the day too when talk radio has sufficiently annoyed me. :D

Oh, and the quality of the audio on the iPhone app as compared to the Pandora app is 500% better! I don't know what Pandora does to their streams, but it's so bit starved and tinny it's almost unbearable. Slacker isn't perfect but boy does it sound a whole lot better.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

I love my iPhone app. I've had a few issues lately with it locking up (the app, not the phone), but other than that I totally enjoy this more than Pandora. As others have mentioned, the sound quality is awesome over EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi.

I'm thinking about upgrading to Slacker Plus but I don't know how that translates to the iPhone app.
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#38 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:27 PM

At least you're getting it replaced, Richard... that's a good thing!

I have to thank you for pointing this service out; I wasn't even aware of it. I loaded the app on my iPhone and computers. I listen in the office for most of the day too when talk radio has sufficiently annoyed me. :D.

Glad you're enjoying it. ;) It's funny, but I heard of the service ages ago and had seriously (Siriusly?) considered it back then, but I had XM and didn't see the need to spend the $$$ on the receiver. When Woot put it in a Wootoff I had no more reason to wait. When I get mine back I'm going to cancel XM for at least 5 months which will pay for the Slacker "radio".

Oh, and the quality of the audio on the iPhone app as compared to the Pandora app is 500% better! I don't know what Pandora does to their streams, but it's so bit starved and tinny it's almost unbearable. Slacker isn't perfect but boy does it sound a whole lot better.

I haven't heard the Pandora app, but from your description I would guess that they are compressing the audio (not digitally compressing) to the point that there is no headroom left and therefore, no dynamic range.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:56 AM

I haven't heard the Pandora app, but from your description I would guess that they are compressing the audio (not digitally compressing) to the point that there is no headroom left and therefore, no dynamic range.


What I don't understand is why they're doing it. If Slacker can stream over 3G and Wifi with decent quality why can't Pandora do the same? :confused:

I guess Slacker just has better geeks. :lol:

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:54 AM

What I don't understand is why they're doing it. If Slacker can stream over 3G and Wifi with decent quality why can't Pandora do the same? :confused:

I guess Slacker just has better geeks. :lol:


I thought I read somewhere that Pandora sounded better over wi-fi but I could be totally wrong.
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:51 PM

FYI, The Slacker G2 25 station unit is on sale this week at my local Best Buy. YMMV.
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Posted 05 April 2009 - 11:56 PM

It appears that Slacker lost my unit that I sent back to them. I have a tracking number showing it delivered (along with a name of the person who signed for it) and they claim that they never received it. If they don't find it or send me another one I really wouldn't feel comfortable doing business with them again.

I sent it to them on Mar 14 by Fed Ex. They received it on Mar 23. I sent the an email requesting status on Mar 27. They responded on Mar 30 that they never received it.

Per the tracking number, "The package was delivered on Mar 23 and signed by ******." I responed to their Mar 30 email on Mar 30, informing of the delivery and the name of the person who signed for it. I asked for a status again on Apr 2. So far there has been no other response from Slacker. What a bunch of slackers.

Edited by Richard King, 06 April 2009 - 12:13 AM.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 03:34 PM

Slacker doesn't respond to my emails asking if they found my unit. I have made 3 requests as to whether they have found it and have had NO response to any of them. I have now posted the same on their forums. We shall see if I get a response there or if they simply delete my post.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:18 PM

Slacker doesn't respond to my emails asking if they found my unit. I have made 3 requests as to whether they have found it and have had NO response to any of them. I have now posted the same on their forums. We shall see if I get a response there or if they simply delete my post.

Poor Mr. King :( It sounds like you have come around full circle--Sirius XM can be very slow responding to e-mails! I do hope things work out for you, but remember Little Stevie and I are still at the Underground Garage ;)

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:17 AM

Slacker tells me today that my replacement will ship to me in a couple of days. I have o idea if they found the one that I sent them though.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:54 AM

Very interesting concept. The offline listening is particular interesting.

I use pandora every now and then on my PC (sounds good on the PC...never tried it on my ipod though). But offline listening would be awesome!

Too bad you cannot do offline with the iPod App. I realize they probably cant store that much local data, still it would be cool.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:17 PM

I often listen to the on line Slacker feed while sitting at the computer. There are many stations that have been designed as a substitute for the XM staions that I have listened to in the past, including one called "Garageland" which has a playlist that is designed around "Underground Garage". I suspect you could find just about any XM station pretty much duplicated on Slacker. Each of these stations can be uploaded to the portable device (if your device works properly).
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:19 PM

My Slacker is back!!! It seems to be downloading just fine. I'll probably not work with it until tomorrow, once it is fully loaded. Once I am convinced that it will work properly I'll probably sign up to create my own "radio station". ;)
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:56 PM

Well, the decision has been made. Slacker is a great sub for the XM music channels. The new unit has been working flawlessly for several days now and I am VERY impressed with it. I even created my own radio station, "Minnesota Music" that can be listened to here: http://www.slacker.c...5431/1236904269 I was successful in uploading the station to my player (along with 24 other staions). I also succeeded in doing a WIFI download of my stations from a restaurant in Cocoa Beach during lunch today. The download was actually faster at the restaurant than it has been at home. Glad I got this contraption. Now, if XM comes out with their Talk Radio only package I may jump back only for that. Currently playing "Liar Liar" by the Castaways on that fab station, "Minnesota Music". ;)
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:25 AM

I'm glad you stuck with it. I too had problems at first and had to exchange my first player. They are a small company and are experiencing some growing pains, but the service is awesome and I have found them to be excellent to deal with and very responsive to my needs.

I left XM in mid-March after 3+ years, and I don't regret it at all. I do hope, for their sake, that they can turn things around and recapture what they once were. In the meantime, I'll be slackin'.

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