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  • [ COMING SOON ] StarPlayr: Sirius/XM on the iPhone


    Sirius/XM is not quite a stranger to the iPhone - uSirius was released back in June of 08 to jailbroken users, and worked... and was buggy at best. The app was released by Millard Software, whose namesake Jason Millard is now teamed up with the folks at StarPlayr to release a prettied up, completely revamped, AppStore Sirius/XM app under the StarPlayr name. It should hit sometime this month.



    The app had been mentioned throughout the web a few times in late 08 as a possibility, but has now been released in private beta. The app works with the Sirius/XM internet feed, and most (but not all - yup, Stern is there, but no live sports, strangely except for Notre Dame College Football games) of their channels are available through it. The app streams over WiFi (I saw no indication it would work with 3G yet EDIT: seems forum posters here and at NiceMac are saying it works over 3G) at 128 kbps and features lyrics as well as album art in app.

    You'll need a subscription to XM/Sirius online to listen (which is $7.99/month). No word yet on pricing, but the Windows Mobile version of their app sells for $9.99.



    thanks Jon for emailing us the tip!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [ COMING SOON ] StarPlayr: Sirius/XM on the iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. LYRICALDETOX's Avatar
      LYRICALDETOX -
      when the hell is this going to come out cuz i want it NOW
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Quote Originally Posted by LYRICALDETOX View Post
      when the hell is this going to come out cuz i want it NOW
      +100000000000000!!!!!!!!!! What the hell?
    1. WickedEvo124's Avatar
      WickedEvo124 -
      how would this work if sirius goes bankrupt?
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      ya i just saw on the news that they are millions in debt or something? or was that XM? wait.. didnt xm get bought out by sirius a little while ago?
    1. maximilian1's Avatar
      maximilian1 -
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      Apple.FreebieJeebies

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    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      I don't believe that this is going to last.

      Sirius XM is a struggling company that is losing millions every day. I actually bought a ton of stock some time ago, and sold it all just recently cause I figured I had lost enough money on it.

      The concept is great, but the problem is, is that 1) No one really feels that they have the money to justify satelite radio. 2) Even with all the "sirius/xm ready" vehicles, and the free 1 year sub, most people don't renew it after a year. 3) Howard Stern is waaaay over paid, as is all the other stars that they hired to act as DJ's. In retrospect the Howard Stern move was a fad, and most of the people who "moved" to Sirius/XM for the sole purpose of spending 12.99 a month for Howard have realize that it is stupid to spend that money for one show.

      4) And I feel that this is most important to iPhone users: SHOUTcast, Flycast, and all the other options that we now have. Foxnews, CNN, C-Span, ABCnews, CBSnews, MSNBC, all of these stations are broadcasted over the internet. Any type of music that you want to listen to is freely available, and we are all already paying for it with our data plans.

      You get more variety, less nonsense, and it's free.

      I mean honestly, this is just an attempt to revive a foot in the grave corporation.
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Quote Originally Posted by boe_dye View Post
      3) Howard Stern is waaaay over paid, as is all the other stars that they hired to act as DJ's. In retrospect the Howard Stern move was a fad, and most of the people who "moved" to Sirius/XM for the sole purpose of spending 12.99 a month for Howard have realize that it is stupid to spend that money for one show..
      COMPLETELY subjective. I find it worth every penny. Does not make me STUPID.
    1. Jay21fire's Avatar
      Jay21fire -
      I love sirius radio its the only radio i listen too. Regular radio is horrible anymore. Sirius is worth every penny
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Satellite radio is a luxury, just like starbucks tripple venti da da da. When times are tough, luxury items are eliminated. As long as free radio is available (via air or Internet) satellite will have severe issues. Basic Marketing 101 at work!!
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      I agree that Howard was paid a bit too much, but without Stern, Sirius would have gone no where. He took the company that was falling behind and brought them really up to par with XM before they merged. I dont have the numbers for Sirius alone in 2008, but I know before Howard started, Sirius had a whopping 600,000 subscribers. I know that number is now in the multi-millions, so obviously he has made THE difference for satellite radio. His contract is a bit ridiculous, but who else could make the difference he has? As of 2007 (Yeah old info), Howard 100 has 1.2+ million listeners, Howard 101 had 500K+ listeners while Opie & Anthony had 171K listeners. I really hope satellite radio suceeds, but there must be other personalities who can take a pay cut to save the company...
    1. Stanmans9's Avatar
      Stanmans9 -
      Star Player Information:

      Latest Update:

      Beta preview version (v0.9.9) Beta 2 was submitted to Apple on February 2.

      No details on a base price but Sirius and XM subscribers will have to purchase an additional internet subscription for $2.99 a month.

      Bottom line it is all on Apple now to quickly approve this app and get it in the app store so please from all of us Sirius and XM fans please hurry up!
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      i hope this happens soon. Although i dont really want to pay any extra money. but i guess you gotta pay to play right?
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      I will type what I want to type thank you very much nazi moderator.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZXMustang View Post
      I will type what I want to type thank you very much nazi moderator.
      Real mature. Just follow the rules or leave...
    1. kressley's Avatar
      kressley -
      Starplayr not accepted by Apple.

      StarPlayr.com
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      time to release it on Cydia.
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by kressley View Post
      Starplayr not accepted by Apple.

      StarPlayr.com
      Not how THIS reads on the site:
      Update: As of yesterday, the uSirius StarPlayr Application for iPhone still had a status of "In Review" with Apple. Later in the evening we became aware that the application was not rejected, however could not be approved at this time.
    1. kressley's Avatar
      kressley -
      HUH?

      "Starplayr not accepted by Apple" = "however could not be approved"

      How else is there to read it?
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by kressley View Post
      HUH?

      "Starplayr not accepted by Apple" = "however could not be approved"

      How else is there to read it?
      I read it more as they will get a response from Apple saying they cannot approve it "as is" BUT if they make changes X&Y they can.

      I think if it was rejected Apple would just say so..no?
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      Well, while i was hoping for this app, it appears it will not come. But hey, with uSirius, fStream and a small webserver, i can just keep doing it myself. (and for free of course)