Conclusion: Typically, a player with as many glitches as this one would get a lower rating, but the innovative Slacker Portable does a good job of letting you take customized Internet radio with you, and it helps you learn about your favorite artists and discover new music.
Pros: Refreshes music automatically via Wi-Fi. Huge screen for album art, artist bios. Can also store MP3s and WMAs. Ability to ban songs you hate.
Cons: Bulky for a PMP. Touchstrip control doesn't work well. Jumpy playback. No video or photo support.
Excerpt: Just when we’d concluded that there was nothing new under the sun when it comes to digital music players, along comes the Slacker Portable Radio to smash all our preconceived notions. This $200 device takes the music-discovery innovations pioneered by Pandora and Last.fm and puts them in the palm of our hand. The hardware works with Slacker’s Internet radio service , but you don’t always need to be tied to a live Internet connection for it to work.
Pros: Music discovery, great sound, fantastic display, artist bios and album reviews.
Cons: Short battery life, small memory, sloppy Power button.