While Apple is readying the launch of its brand new iTunes Radio streaming services, the existing crop of big music services are all pushing out revamped versions of their own apps.
Among those services is Slacker Radio, which today rolled out a bold new iOS app that attempts to differentiate itself from both iTunes Radio and the recently revamped Pandora app . One way it does this is through a new “My Vibe” music discovery feature that similar in scope to Songza’s auto-generated playlist service.
Like Pandora, Slacker’s ad-supported free service allows users to customize smart radio stations based on an artist, album, or song. But unlike Pandora, Slacker also offers a premium tier service that mixes on-demand music listening as well as themed radio stations that are curated by a team of about 50 people, who may occasionally chime in between songs with facts or comments about the music selection. Slacker says those hand curated stations have proven very successful among its subscribers.
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