Conclusion: If you're a dedicated Slacker listener, the G2 is an excellent way to take your songs with you. If the company can iron out a few ease-of-use issues, this player could be part of a digital music model that gives Apple a run for its money.
Pros: Smaller, slicker, and less buggy than the original Slacker Portable player. Refreshes music automatically via Wi-Fi. Easy to create custom stations online. Player displays album art and artist bios. Also stores and plays your own AAC, MP3, and WMA files.
Cons: Software hits some snags. Wireless connections can be spotty. No photo or video support.
Summary: The Consumer Electronics Association—the group that puts on the annual CES trade show—defined the CEA 2017 standard in the theory that it would foster a market for third-party peripherals (e.g., speaker docks), but the interface been around for more than a year, and this is the first media player we’ve seen that makes use of it. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait for the year 2017 for it to gain traction. As for the Slacker G2—we dig it!
Pros: Fabulous audio quality, great recommendations, free music.
Cons: You can't choose which songs you'll hear unless you pay for the Premium service.
Summary: The Slacker service is free in its most basic version, but to get access to the best features, you'll have to subscribe to their premium radio service. Once you subscribe to premium radio, you'll be able to skip tracks as many times as you want (this is limited to 6 times per hour/per channel on the basic player). The premium version also removes the commercials and adds the ability to request an unlimited amount of songs to your custom radio stations.
Summary: Inevitably, comparisons will be drawn between the Slacker Portable G2 and the current king of the digital music player space, Apple’s iPod, but one must carefully consider what the Slacker is designed to do before passing judgement. It is, exclusively, a music player—you can’t add photos, videos, or apps to the device.
Pros: Easy access to free music, More compact design than predecessor, Can refresh stations via Wi-Fi at hotspots, Artist and album review info included with stations,
Cons: Volume keys poorly located, Unadjustable personal storage, Short battery life,