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'Slacker' begins offering offline playback on iPhone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Jun 2010 15:26

'Slacker' begins offering offline playback on iPhone Yesterday, AT&T announced new data plans for their smartphone line, including the iPhone and iPad tablet, which will be less expensive for customers, but will also limit data use. The carrier also eliminated its unlimited plans for new subscribers starting June 7th.
Slacker, the online radio service, has announced today that iPhone supported offline playback is now available, giving Slacker Radio Plus subscribers the chance to download up to "thousands" of audio tracks from custom stations then listen to it later without the need for an active Internet connection.

The music caching feature has been standard on Android and BlackBerry devices since earlier this year.

Slacker's announcement is great news for future iPhone owners, who may be fans of streaming music but will be trapped with capped 3G data thanks to the new data plans. Slacker subscribers can now download the music they want while connected to a home wireless network or a Wi-Fi hotspot, and then play it back later while saving bandwidth.

All that is needed for current Slacker subscribers is to download the updated Slacker 2.0 app.

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