Just a few weeks ago, hybrid Internet music service Slacker was riding high. After months of talk, their much anticipated portable was finally ramping up for distribution. Aimed at making portable music convenient, buzz was building. On their website, they were taking orders. Shipment of the WiFi enabled net radio device was targeted for December 13. About a week ago, that quietly changed.
On December 6th, popular Wall Street Journal tech writer, Walt Mossberg, published a review after testing two prototypes of the Slacker player. He noted that while sound was good and the WiFi link worked, his two prototype test units were “hobbled by bugs and glitches.” One unit often failed to connect to his account. Both sometimes failed to wake up after going to sleep.
On the heels of that report, shipment has been delayed. Slacker hasn’t issued any press releases on the player but their website has been changed to show a new shipment date. With Slacker slacking, presumably taking the time to fix bugs and improve the product, they’re now forecasting a shipment date of January 31, 2008.
Early adopters who pre-ordered with December expectations were emailed by the company and given the option to wait or cancel.
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