January 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Slacker Radio made a major announcement last night at the Showstoppers event at CES. Slacker 2.0, the latest version of the music streaming service for Android, will support wireless station caching. This new feature will allow Slacker members to enjoy their favorite music stations even if they lose their network connection.
Station caching saves a user’s favorite stations, then stores the music on the device of SD card. In the event that a connection is lost, the playlist from that station will have been stored and available for continuous play. Caching is one of the major features that interested me in Spotify. Now that Slacker, an Android Apps Alert alum, has this feature, I’m not too concerned with a U.S. Spotify release.
I met the Slacker team briefly at Showstoppers and this new feature will be the headline of a few other enhancements that will debut shortly. One team member explained that it doesn’t matter if you lose data in a dead zone in your town for 20 minutes or in the woods during a camping trip for 3 days – Slacker will continue playing.
“Station caching has been a very popular feature with our listeners using BlackBerry smartphones, and we are pleased to…preset this capability for the first time to the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android in the coming weeks,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior VP of marketing at Slacker.