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  • uSirius - Satellite Radio on the iPhone


    Sirius radio comes to the iPhone with uSirius, an app by Millard Software which allows you to log in to your Sirius account and listen via the iPhone. Still in beta, the app can be downloaded from their repo at
    Code:
    http://www.millardsoftware.com/files/downloads/usirius/iphone/iphone.xml
    (gotta love typing that into the iPhone, heh).

    They do warn that initial loading of the Channel Lineup and Channel Logos takes a while, and the app "may even cause your iPhone/iPod Touch to reboot." But hey, its Sirius, on the iPhone. Serious.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: uSirius - Satellite Radio on the iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 246 Comments
    1. prouddad.215's Avatar
      prouddad.215 -
      I started with the version .59, then .60 and version .61 I was never able to download. I always got that error everyone else was getting. All the while, I would use it, and the stream would always cut out @ all different time lengths. Now that I downloaded version .62. w/ no problems by the way, I've been able to listen for long lengths of time. Today, for example, I was able to listen for 3 hours and 20 minutes with no problems @ all.
      I have a stiletto 100, sirius in my car and on my computer, and dont really have to listen on my phone while @ work, but I just wanted to test it, and now I think the major bugs have been fixed. I just hope that we will be able to make and recieve calls, and use different stuff on my iphone while usirius is on.
      Either way, a donation has already been sent. I think every single person who uses this app should donate something, even if its a couple bux. That way this app can continue to get better and better.
    1. tookay's Avatar
      tookay -
      Quote Originally Posted by sammo123 View Post
      this happened to me for a few hours so i just deleted usirius then downloaded it again. Now it seems to work just fine.
      Thanks. Tried that, but no luck. I've tried to connect from several different routers and still get stuck at "acquiring stream". It doesn't seem like this is happening to many other uSirius users, so I can't imagine what the problem is. All my other internet services are working without a problem.
    1. prouddad.215's Avatar
      prouddad.215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tookay View Post
      Thanks. Tried that, but no luck. I've tried to connect from several different routers and still get stuck at "acquiring stream". It doesn't seem like this is happening to many other uSirius users, so I can't imagine what the problem is. All my other internet services are working without a problem.
      Sorry, I didnt read all your problems, but are you having a problem when trying to login via wifi, or edge? I was having a problem with edge, when using the $5.99 t mobile internet plan, WHICH I HATE, so I changed to the $19.99 plan, and have had no problems logging into usirius via edge.

      The only problem I am having is even though I have the sirius "PREMIUM" internet package that supposedly is better sound quality, and really is, my iphone still shows 31kbps and never changes. It doesnt matter if I'm using my edge, or wifi, it never changes. I even change to "use premium if available" under settings, and no change.
    1. tookay's Avatar
      tookay -
      Quote Originally Posted by prouddad.215 View Post
      Sorry, I didnt read all your problems, but are you having a problem when trying to login via wifi, or edge?
      I am trying to use uSirius with WiFi.
    1. prouddad.215's Avatar
      prouddad.215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tookay View Post
      I am trying to use uSirius with WiFi.
      huh. I assume you have a sirius account, so just be sure you are typing the correct username and password on your iphone. Again, I didnt read all the posts, so just let me ask a couple things. Have you tried to go somewhere away from wifi access, so you can see if usirius works with EDGE on your iphone?
      Do you also have a sirius account for listening on your computer? If not, it is free as long as you have a sirius account. If you dont, I would definately get one, just in case you need an internet account to use usirius on your iphone. 2nd if you get that internet acct for your computer, for an extra $2.99 a month, you can add the premium upgrade for the computer sirius account, and that makes all the channels sound ALOT better, since its better quality. Maybe one or 2 of those things will work. Other than that, if you have any or all the above things I mentioned, i see no reason why it doesnt work on your iphone.
      Again, make sure you are putting the username and passwork correctly in your iphone. Use correct lower or upper case, because maybe the username and password are case sensitive.
      Good luck
    1. tookay's Avatar
      tookay -
      Quote Originally Posted by prouddad.215 View Post
      huh. I assume you have a sirius account, so just be sure you are typing the correct username and password on your iphone. Again, I didnt read all the posts, so just let me ask a couple things. Have you tried to go somewhere away from wifi access, so you can see if usirius works with EDGE on your iphone?
      Do you also have a sirius account for listening on your computer? If not, it is free as long as you have a sirius account. If you dont, I would definately get one, just in case you need an internet account to use usirius on your iphone. 2nd if you get that internet acct for your computer, for an extra $2.99 a month, you can add the premium upgrade for the computer sirius account, and that makes all the channels sound ALOT better, since its better quality. Maybe one or 2 of those things will work. Other than that, if you have any or all the above things I mentioned, i see no reason why it doesnt work on your iphone.
      Again, make sure you are putting the username and passwork correctly in your iphone. Use correct lower or upper case, because maybe the username and password are case sensitive.
      Good luck
      Yes I do have a Sirius account. I can sign on to it and listen using a web browser. I am sure the username and password are entered correctly, since it gets past the sign in step and even downloads the channel images correctly. It just doesn't connect during the "acquiring stream" step. I'm stumped since I still haven't seen any other comments from users having the same problem. I sent a note to the developer but I have not as yet received a reply.

      Thanks again for your help!
    1. Pntbllfrk's Avatar
      Pntbllfrk -
      application works great, even with EDGE, Haven't had it cut out yet.
      To use for free(3 days):
      SIRIUS Satellite Radio - Try Sirius for Free
      Then check your e-mail.
      Remeber when typing password into app, I think its case sensitive.
    1. kakashi360's Avatar
      kakashi360 -
      Sweet the update over weekend did wonders!!!
    1. Acer21's Avatar
      Acer21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      0.61 available but continue to get "package download failure". Anyone else having any luck upgrading?
      I am having the same problem, I can't seem to update or uninstall
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      There are two packages. I ended up uninstalling the one named "uSirius for iPhone" and installing the other one "uSirius". The are both hosted on the Millard Software repo so try that. For the person having issues getting the 128K premium stream... did you sign up for the premium after you installed uSirius or before? If after then you will need to uninstall and re-install to reset the log-in settings.
    1. prouddad.215's Avatar
      prouddad.215 -
      Today, I noticed if using edge to get usirius, if you are in an area that has no signal, usirius will cut out, and it then works fine again when I get a signal.
      i dont know if it works like that for everyone, but thats something to think about.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      That would make sense. If you have no signal and therefore no edge connection then the data stream won't make it to your phone.
    1. prouddad.215's Avatar
      prouddad.215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      There are two packages. I ended up uninstalling the one named "uSirius for iPhone" and installing the other one "uSirius". The are both hosted on the Millard Software repo so try that. For the person having issues getting the 128K premium stream... did you sign up for the premium after you installed uSirius or before? If after then you will need to uninstall and re-install to reset the log-in settings.

      Poseidon, i tried to uninstall the usirius I had installed, and re-install it, so I can start over with my login, but every time I do so, it keeps my login username and password. I also chose the premium where available button, w/ no help.
    1. FLWebbear's Avatar
      FLWebbear -
      Just installed this and it's a great app. I just realized though, on EDGE that since it's a web app, you won't get any phone calls through while you're using it, they'll all go directly to voice mail.

      (Yeah, I know that's obvious, but nobody else has mentioned it yet)
    1. hartphoto's Avatar
      hartphoto -
      Quote Originally Posted by FLWebbear View Post
      Just installed this and it's a great app. I just realized though, on EDGE that since it's a web app, you won't get any phone calls through while you're using it, they'll all go directly to voice mail.
      This is true while using a connection through EDGE, but it'll most likely allow the call through with the iPhone 3G.

      Personally, whenever I'm using the uSirius app.....calls going to VM is no biggie (actually a welcome silence! ).
    1. Acer21's Avatar
      Acer21 -
      I had soo much trouble uninstalling the previous version. Now that I want the 0.62 version I keep getting package download error? Any ideas?!?
    1. Ice9812's Avatar
      Ice9812 -
      its been working pretty good for me on wifi but not so good on edge....but overall great app i love it...im not sure if its been said and maybe there is a good reason why it does it but i would like to be able to scroll through the channels while still listening to one instead of it disconnecting so you can view the channel lineup
    1. way2fst4u's Avatar
      way2fst4u -
      link doesn't work...just get text.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by prouddad.215 View Post
      Poseidon, i tried to uninstall the usirius I had installed, and re-install it, so I can start over with my login, but every time I do so, it keeps my login username and password. I also chose the premium where available button, w/ no help.
      Try clearing your caches button... then erase your user name and password and just enter in something else... try to log in and get the Unable to log in error... then put back in your real information and maybe it will "reset" it and get you up to premium.
    1. izzy29's Avatar
      izzy29 -
      Thank you for the great app. Works very good for me in short sprints.

      I have one thing I that noticed but have not read anyone else having this.
      My phone was heating up while using the app. The first time, I had placed it in my belt holster. It had been streaming music for about 10 minutes. But it stopped, so I thought I had to reconnect. But it was hot when I took it out. Now, I did believe this happened from me not giving the phone enough ventilation while streaming. But on the second time, I just it had placed on my desk. I went to change the channel and it was hot again.

      Has anyone else noticed it getting warm or hot while streaming for about 5 to 15 minutes? Or maybe not at all?

      Thanks in advance for any comments or tips that people might have.
      Maybe it's just me and I'm doing something wrong.