Sirius and XM Satellite radio seem like they may ignore the iPhone as a platform for distribution of their paid radio content. Fortunately third party developers have taken some initiative and seem poised to introduce iPhone clients that will receive both Sirius and XM satellite radio on your iPhone.
In order to receive either Sirius or XM Satellite Radio you must have an online subscription with the satellite service. This online subscription is included with your monthly service fee.
There are three primary ways to listen to Sirius XM Satellite:
1. Satellite radio receiver
2. BlackBerry Paid Subscription (an obscene additional $7.99 per month)
3. Web interface (included with Sirius XM subscription)
Using the web interface the same folks involved with uSirius Starplayr have created cool tools like stream Sirius to my iPhone and BlackBerry.which I’ve used in conjunction with Orb to
What’s attractive about uSirius Starplayr is the setup is instant, you won’t need to leave another computer running (as you do with Orb) in order to stream satellite. The setup is also quite simple – enter in your Sirius XM user ID and password.
Noteable features of uSirius StarPlayr include album artwork:
Using the circular icon with lines on the right side of the screen will display the song lyrics for whatever music is playing.
You can purchase songs being play by clicking the download button. The current vendors are either Amazon or iTunes.
I’ve been using this beta for only a few hours. So far the audio quality is quite good and the program is stable. Watch for an app store debut within the next month.