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    It was a nice dream. Sirius XM satellite radio on the iPhone via the App Store. Unfortunately after StarPlayr was submitted to the App Store it was never able to make it through (presumably some Sirius XM pressure was behind the denial). Now StarPlayr is officially done for good.

    What have we learned? If you have something cool going on many different platforms and haven't had legal troubles from companies like Sirius XM then by all means DO NOT progress what you are doing to the iPhone. It appears that the move towards iPhone awesomeness caught a little bit too much attention (in the wrong way) from Sirius XM. StarPlayr has been enjoyed by many on their Macs and Windows Mobiles; further enjoyment by many more will never come to fruition.

    While NiceMac doesn't come out and say directly that Sirius XM has shut them down it wouldn't be a stretch.
    Written by NiceMac
    Sunday, 08 March 2009 04:01
    To all of our fans and customers:

    NiceMac has decided it is in our best interests to discontinue the StarPlayr project. NiceMac will be issuing refunds for purchasers of StarPlayr for Windows Mobile on a first come first serve basis until corporate funds have been exhausted.

    To request a refund simply copy and paste your StarPlayr for Windows Mobile PayPal receipt via the Contact us Email form.

    We would all like to thank you for your support, kind words, understanding and patience throughout. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience.

    Sincerely,
    The NiceMac Team

    p.s.

    This has been the greatest privilege and honor working with this fantastic NiceMac team. Never in my wildest dreams we would have accomplished so much together. In my book, you are all heroes. Good luck in your future endeavors and enjoy the success in everything you do. I hold your programming abilities and entrepreniual spirit to the highest regard. Thank you. Sincerely, goodtime
    Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2009 14:07
    Oh well. Maybe Sirius XM is going to put out an iPhone app of their own. One can only hope . . .

    thx everyone who sent this in
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Goodbye Starplayr started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. modesto83's Avatar
      modesto83 -
      I wish they would just hurry up and come out with it. I would pay 19.99 for this app right now.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Here's some good reading on the behind the scenes details.


      [ame=http://forums.geekstoolbox.com/showthread.php?t=14636]Acquiring Signal - The StarPlayr Project Has Ended - GeeksToolbox Forums[/ame]

      and

      StarPlayr??? - Page 3 - GeeksToolbox Forums
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      I'm not trying to be "know it all", but I am a Moderator of NiceMac and Geekstoolbox (the sites involved).


      Quote Originally Posted by GravityEyes View Post
      Wise guy - ALL uSirius apps will stop working on the 10th. They are shutting down their intermediate servers.
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      is this confirmed? did you read this somewhere? what will that do to all their current WiFi players like the stilleto?
      uSirius RC8 is NOT a StreamSmart client, therefore not affected by the server shutdown.

      Although, Sirius XM has been "updating" their servers over the last week preparing for the 128K only stream. No one knows which apps will work when they "flip the switch."

      Quote Originally Posted by shagster40 View Post
      They should just relese starplayer on cydia store
      Jailbreakers don't pay and there are server costs, so no Cydia release.
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      Damn.
    1. RelleR's Avatar
      RelleR -
      No cost, but I'd donate if this app actually existed on my iPhone... GRR! I am just so livid right now with you, Starplayr!
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GreggSymington View Post
      I'm not trying to be "know it all", but I am a Moderator of NiceMac and Geekstoolbox (the sites involved).





      uSirius RC8 is NOT a StreamSmart client, therefore not affected by the server shutdown.

      Although, Sirius XM has been "updating" their servers over the last week preparing for the 128K only stream. No one knows which apps will work when they "flip the switch."


      Jailbreakers don't pay and there are server costs, so no Cydia release.
      if uSirius RC8 is not affected, why did Jason take the link down on his site?
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      if uSirius RC8 is not affected, why did Jason take the link down on his site?
      He may have gotten a call from Sirius XM.
      Quote from Millardsoftware.com

      uSirius, uXM, and uSirius StarPlayr Retired
      Sun, 03/08/2009 - 21:23 — jsm174
      Today, I have some sad news.

      By the time you read this, many of you already know that uSirius StarPlayr for the iPhone project has been retired.

      Unfortunately, the same is being done to the standalone uSirus and uXM PC applications. Effective immediately, March 8th, 2009, both applications have been discontinued and will no longer be available for download. I regret having to do so, but it is in the best interest of Millard Software.
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      I guess it's back to streaming with orb
    1. dr.stevil's Avatar
      dr.stevil -
      can anyone upload uxm? Since the files' been taken down from millards website it looks like it's going to be tough to find (just spent the past hour looking for it, with no luck)
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Good news!
      Can I play Sirius Satellite Radio on Pocket Tunes Radio?

      You can now play Sirius Satellite Radio via Pocket Tunes Radio app.

      As of version 5.2 of Pocket Tunes Radio, you can play Sirius Internet Radio. They added support for Web-based stations and this allows you to play stations that normally require you to be using a PC rather than a mobile device.

      Here are the steps to do that:

      **Note: You must have a paid subscription to Sirius Internet Radio to use this with Pocket Tunes Radio

      1. Go to the "Web" tab in Pocket Tunes Radio and enter www.sirius.com

      (** Canadian Sirius customers, the Canadian page, www.sirius.ca does not display properly on the iPhone/touch. Go to the bottom of the screen and tap "Site Map in the lower right)
      2. Tap on "Media Player" at the top of the screen

      (**Canadian Sirius customers tap "Listen Online" in the site map)



      3. You will then get the login screen



      - Enter the username and password you use to access your Sirius channels on-line.
      - Enter the appropriate security characters and tap "Sign In"
      - If you get a generic message like "Sorry and error has occurred", try the login again, making sure you are entering the correct user, password and security answer.
      - If you get locked out by Sirius, please see this Knowledge Base article.

      4. You are then taken to the top level listing of the Sirius stations available on-line.

      www.normsoft.com/kb/idx/55/292/article
      See above link for more info.............
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Works great and worth the price of the app. I get no buffering errors with this at all on 3g. Its way better than streaming from home via Orb for me. It also saves your login and favorites so you dont have to login every time.. Now judt of backrounder worked on 3.0