By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 27, 2013 10:20 AM EST
Slacker radio is now available on the Xbox 360, but there's a catch. Only Xbox Live Gold members will have the option to stream radio content via Slacker, something which will not be pleasing to many Xbox 360 owners.
With Slacker now a part of Xbox Live, subscribers have the ability to stream music from a massive library in their living room or wherever the console is placed in the home. What's cool about Slacker radio for the Xbox 360 is that it supports Kinect voice controls, so simply speak and watch/hear the magic happen.
"Slacker brings the world's most complete music service to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the U.S. and Canada for free," chief marketing officer Craig Rechenmacher said in a statement. "Whether you're into country, hip hop or want to listen to the soundtrack from your favorite game, Slacker's team of music experts make it easy to find and discover the world's best music from the comfort of your living room."
While having Slacker radio as a part of Xbox Live is great, the downside is that Xbox 360 owners are required to be a Xbox Live Gold member to use the service. Is this crazy? Slacker radio is free to use, but this requirement is forcing users to pay for something that is free to use.
Whenever Microsoft announces the Xbox 720, hopefully the company will rectify this problem.