Another online music platform is coming to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console, with Monday’s announcement that Slacker’s personal radio service will be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers later this year.
“We want to give our listeners access to SLACKER wherever they happen to be, and launching on the ROKU platform is a big step forward for us in the connected home,” said SLACKER SVP/Marketing JONATHAN SASSE. “We are excited to deliver SLACKER RADIO as a free service for ROKU owners, effective immediately.”
Couldn’t take off work to get to the Coachella music festival this year? Slacker Radio, a music-streaming service, has its own Coachella 2012 station, and it’s available right from the Bing Bar, a search toolbar for Internet Explorer users. (Microsoft likes to keep it all in the family.)
Forty three percent of US online users listened to music via Pandora, Slacker, Yahoo Music and other online radio channels in 2011, a figure which is nine percentage points higher than the previous year. At the same time listening to music on AM/FM radio stayed relatively steady (84%) in 2011, as did CD listening (74%), according to NPD’s Annual Music Study.
The consumer research firm found 43% of U.S. Web users in 2011 chose to listen to music via Pandora, Slacker, Yahoo Music, and other online radio offerings, up nine percentage points from 2010. At the same time, music-listening on AM/FM radio and CDs stayed relatively steady, at 84% and 74%, respectively.
AppLink builds on the award-winning SYNC connectivity system by enabling drivers to access and control apps on their smartphones by simply using their voice and allowing their hands to stay on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.
Since the launch of Facebook’s social music tools, Facebook users have listened to songs on the social network 1.5 billion times. That’s around two songs each for Facebook’s roughly 750 million users.
We’ve seen cars with smartphone app integration. We’ve even seen car stereos with apps. Now, we have an app within another app. Aha by Harman and Slacker have just inked a deal to roll some of the functionality of the Slacker Personal Radio app into the Aha Radio app for iPhone.