Slacker Radio bringing music, sport, comedy and more to the Xbox 360

Slacker Radio has announced plans to arrive on the Xbox 360. The service, which is already available on Windows Phone (see our review), will bring  music and content to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. The free radio app will be made available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and will pack Kinect features for gestures and voice commands to be supported.

Over 200 music stations are included in the lineup, with the likes of ESPN and ABC News headlining the selection. Each station can be personalised, ensuring a unique and relevant experience is possible for each user. The catalogue of not only music, but comedy, news and sport content makes Slacker Radio a varied experience with a reportedly 10x larger selection than Pandora.

Check out the press release after the break.

Slacker Radio Announces App for Microsoft Xbox 360

World’s Top-Selling Console Will Soon Enable Millions of Customers to Access Slacker in their Living Room with Voice and Gestures via Kinect

SAN DIEGO – June 4, 2012 – Slacker, Inc. announced at E3 today that its personal radio service will be coming later this year to the Xbox 360® console in the United States and Canada. The free Slacker Radio application will be available as an app in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Slacker Radio will give Xbox LIVE® Gold subscribers the ultimate music and content discovery at their fingertips. The Slacker Radio lineup includes a fully customizable selection of over 200 music stations curated and hosted by expert programmers, ESPN Radio and ABC News, comedy, artist-hosted showcases and official stations for leading music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Every station can be fully personalized, ensuring a unique and relevant experience for each listener

“Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to our customers and Slacker Radio brings a massive selection of radio stations programmed by expert DJs,” said Kathy Styponias, general manager of Media & Entertainment Group, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corp. “By accessing Slacker Radio on Xbox with the power of Kinect and the intelligence of Bing voice search, we’re making music and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.”

Slacker Radio for Xbox 360 features a wide range of fully customizable music and non-music content. This includes branded news, sports and comedy, making it the most varied and compelling range of personalized content offered by any radio service while also featuring a music catalog that is 10 times larger than Pandora.

“Slacker Radio and Xbox 360, with voice and gesture controls via Kinect, change interactive radio as we know it,” said Jonathan Sasse, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Slacker. “The Xbox 360 console brings your favorite music and radio content from expert DJ’s to your living room, you can get Slacker Radio virtually anywhere from your automobile, web, home or mobile device, Slacker is everywhere you listen to radio.”

In addition to Xbox 360, Slacker Radio is also currently available for listening on the web, on all major smartphones including Windows Phone® 7, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, the iPad, connected home devices, Ford vehicles with SYNC® powered by Microsoft and the recently announced Windows® 8 Slacker app.

About Slacker, Inc.

Slacker offers the world’s most complete range of radio services, from millions of songs to custom content from ESPN Radio, ABC News and much more. Whether it’s the award-winning free Slacker Basic Radio, the fully-loaded Slacker Radio Plus, or Slacker Premium offering on-demand access to Slacker’s music catalog, listeners enjoy a unique, custom listening experience. Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site, in Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink, on connected home devices or on-the-go with free Slacker Personal Radio applications. Slacker mobile applications are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry smartphones and more. For additional information visit:

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  • Cool!
  • Look at that, a press release that actually mentions WP7 ahead of the almighty iphone and droids, a feat Microsoft themselves find so hard to accomplish. Its a Christmas miracle!
  • A bit unrelated, now that we know that XBox Video/Music will replace Zune...any hints from Microsoft as to when they plan on updating WP7 to accommodate this change? or if Zune desktop client will have a replacement for Windows 7?
  • I'm starting to get a sense that Pandora's reluctance to develop for WP may be, in part, due to what looks like a pretty close relationship between MSFT and Slacker..
  • looks like it...slacker is in Bing bar now it's gonna b on Xbox....pretty cool :)
  • No shortage of ways to get music, that's for sure. Slacker has been great.
  • Hopefully it works on 2G connections like the WP app does
  • I hope they update the Windows Phone app, its frustratingly slow compared to some of the alternatives such as iHeartRadio and Metroradio. I tried Slacker for a while but it just drove me crazy due to the laggy interface.
  • Yea, sometimes the app won't start on a pinned station. I have to skip the first song just to get the app to play music. Major fail. Anyway, it really does look like MS is pushing other services hard other than Pandora. Honestly, I think it's for the best, the selection is smaller on Pandora. The only thing I lament is not being able to use Metroradio. The app is so beautifully designed, and the developer is always listening to us users., :(.