Bing Toolbar Adds Slacker Streaming Radio
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
April 17 2012 05:42 PM ET
CREDIT: Internet Explorer
Couldn't take off work to get to the Coachella music festival this year? Slacker Radio, a music-streaming service, has its own Coachella 2012 station, and it's available right from the Bing Bar, a search toolbar for Internet Explorer users. (Microsoft likes to keep it all in the family.)
Slacker yesterday (April 17) announced its inclusion on the Bing Bar that also gives users one-click access to Facebook chat, Bing search, maps, weather and other goodies. If you already use the toolbar, look for your automatic update showing the Slacker logo. Otherwise, you can download it at Microsoft .
Sure, you can let Slacker play on in the background while you're cruising online, but if a track catches your attention, it's simple to get more information. Click the Slacker button above your open window to see album art, artist bios and reviews and other information. The basic version of Slacker is free, and you can try it once without even signing up.
If you're not an IE user, there are plenty of other ways to get Slacker. You can open a tab for Slacker.com or download the free app available for most mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. The Slacker app is also built into Ford's SYNC entertainment system , providing an alternative to AM/FM radio.