Before you rush online and plunk down $2.99 a month for Premium Online Service from Sirius, you should know that you won't find Howard Stern on the free Sirius XM app finally released for iPhone. Stern is just one of the missing favorites on board the big golden goose egg laid by Sirius into the App Store after months of anticipation. The wildly popular satellite radio app makes its grand debut with a glorious thud. Sirius posted an explanation on their website:
"Some select programming, including MLB® Play-by-Play, NFL
Play-by-Play, SIRIUS NASCAR® Radio, and Howard Stern, will not
be available on the iPhone and iPod touch. Listeners will continue
to be able to access that programming through the platforms they
are currently offered on."
A first run through the app reveals the ability to stream 120 channels of satellite radio over Wi-Fi, 3G or Edge. That's where the thrill begins and ends. If you already have Premium Service access for Sirius XM, then there's nothing to lose with this one trick pony. Other than the time you'll squander trying to buy music from iTunes through the app one song at a time. The process is more painful than a root canal and dumber than a box of hammers.
I suggest you steer clear of paying a subscription fee to hear Sirius XM via iPhone until the company gets passionate about providing a true satellite radio juggernaut for iPhone that will put Pandora and Flycast to shame. Who cares about CD quality sound if the content is not worth paying for?
Without Howard Stern, Play-by-Play action and the other 180 channels from this media giant's vast line up, there's too little here to get all hot and bothered about. The opportunity to show up fashionably late expired months ago. [video after the break]
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