Now playing at the iTunes store: Slacker Radio. I have tried it a bit, and Pandora 2.0 has some real competition on its hands. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Slacker Radio, it is a (primarily) subscription based internet radio services with tons of great music and a whole bunch of stations. Slacker makes stand-alone subscription players that are capable of both tuning in and downloading music.
The iPhone version of the application allows users to stream the radio feeds free, skip songs, and request songs. These features are limited in the free version however; to fully use them, you need to pay the $3.99 for the Slacker Premium radio.
I do like Slacker’s ability to make requests, and I wish Pandora had this ability. Skipping also works very well. For now, however, Pandora has my vote. The Pandora 2.0 landscape mode is very slick, and the ability to create brand new stations on the fly is something that Slacker is simply missing.
If internet radio is your thing, and you are looking for a Pandora alternative, Slacker is the (second) best of the bunch.