North American music service Slacker has always been about personalised radio, but now the company has added a new tier to its service offering Spotify-style on-demand streaming. Slacker Premium Radio users will be able to cue up specific songs, albums and playlists, while listening to single-artist radio stations. It’s available on the web, as well as through Slacker’s iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry apps, and will cost $9.99 a month. Slacker’s talk of being the first music service to deliver ‘three complementary tiers’ is factually correct, but slightly cheeky – MOG already offers a blend of personalised radio and on-demand streams, while Spotify also has a radio feature in its desktop service – albeit one that the company freely admits needs a lot of work. In any sense, Slacker is talking up Premium Radio as the ideal mix of radio and on-demand: “Up until this point there has been an array of Internet radio and on-demand services with much debate about which is better from a content, experience and technology perspective. Slacker Premium Radio provides music lovers with the best of both.” Source: Mobile Entertainment

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