Well, I was too curious and took advantage of the $29.95 sale of slotRadio at Radio Shack and bought one (Oldies). And am I surprised! I was always skeptical of this concept because you can’t store the music anywhere else and you can’t rewind the music (you can pause and go forward). But, it does in fact play like a radio! And it does takes me down memory lane. I actually found that I have no interest in storing the music anywhere else, because all the songs have already been played in my head a hundred times anyway. And if I REALLY wanted to have a copy, I can always buy it at Amazon. It sometimes play songs which I’ve forgotten or haven’t heard for a long time. But, there are also some songs that I don’t care much for, so I just skip them.
So, it plays like a radio (but I can pause it, and there are no commercials). For that, I think it’s worth 3 cents a song. I also think that if I didn’t know the majority of the songs, I wouldn’t buy it. Listening to old songs is fun. I’ll probably be using this mostly as background music at work.
If you’re thinking of buying one, it’s categorized into seven playlists (love songs, rock oldies, country oldies, R&B oldies, pop oldies, motor city (motown), and jukebox (which seems to be their miscellaneous). You get to jump from playlist to playlist. And it will resume the music that was playing in that playlist. I haven’t gotten to the end of a playlist yet, so I don’t know if it would stop or loop. Oh, and you’re not stuck with the radio, you can always go back to Music, Video or FM mode on your player.
So, surprisingly, I’m enjoying this slotRadio! I think for 3 cents a song, you can’t really go wrong… and it’s kinda fun!
Update: I’ve listened to quite a few songs now. Some selections are good, some are not. I like the fact that you can switch playlists. The lower button for “Next” is a little confusing, because that’s usually the button for menu. I’d say 15% of the songs are recogniziably good, 80% are so-so, and 5% are just filler songs. Regardless, it’s still good as background music.
By the way, for those who like this kind of concept, try Pandora.com. It’s really a continuous playlist radio station on the internet, except that it plays music on a relational basis – and it’s free. Once you select your kind of music, it just keeps on going. Their selections are pretty good.
Message Edited by ggin1 on 02-26-2010 02:28 PM