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Sirius XM launches iPhone app, minus Howard Stern


Sirius XM has released its new Sirius XM Premium Online application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Premium Online allows Sirius and XM subscribers access to 120 online channels of programming, including music, sports, talk, news, entertainment, and comedy. The app also offers the ability to immediately purchase songs heard within the app from the iTunes Store, or tag them for later purchasing, the ability to save favorite channels, and the ability to see what others around you are listening to with a feature called LookAround. Notably, the app lacks Sirius XM’s immensely popular Howard Stern channels, which has angered early reviewers. Sirius XM Premium Online is avialable as a free download from the App Store; subscription required.

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There is a storm a brewin over this app already. They need to added Howard Stern to this as quick as possible or I fear a bunch of people will be jumping ship quick.
I understand that they want to keep some content for the radio subscribers but to castrate an app that could explode their customer base seems silly for a company with such a low stock!! Hopfully they will hear the cries of the customers and do the right thing!

Posted by Jeff Hebert on June 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM (CDT)


This is a major bummer for sure.  The app works great, I logged on easy with my online account that I already had.  It sounds fine over 3G and loads quick.

But Howard is one of my most listened too stations.  It is just crazy that he is not on this app. 

I do have hope though.  Howard has personally talked about how awesome this app would be and that he would want an iPhone for this.  As soon as he hears what they have done he will be all over CEO Mel about why his channels aren’t on it when it could be a huge new thing for them, with another 40+ million people who could potentially get the internet subscription.

Posted by sting7k on June 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM (CDT)


Laughable and pathetic.

My wife is a big Stern fan and she was going to dump her regular unit and just go online only… but now I think we’re just going to cancel.

It’s just not worth it. The satellite units are a hassle, with power cords, audio cords and antennas and finding signals. Her car looks like a mad scientist is trying to rewire her dashboard. And now that her office moved down the hallway, she can’t get a signal at work and her workplace blocks sirius streaming.

It’s almost like Sirius is trying to fail.

Posted by ort on June 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM (CDT)


To Clueless Person Running things at Sirius:

How excited I was today to finally be able to load a Sirius iPhone App!  Yaaaay!  A life goal of mine can now be checked off the list!

Unfortunately, it became apparent VERY quickly,  that Sirius has finally drawn the very last straw from my clenched fist that held onto hope for the company to succeed.  No Howard Stern for iPhone App users?  No “Premium” content for iPhone App users?  Are you Sirius?  What greedy idiot in that board room made this decision?

What makes you any different from other services like Slacker, AOL Radio, Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc.?  Oh that’s right, they are ALL FREE services, exactly like yours, and in most cases, provide better content.  So it’s your “Premium” content that sets you apart from others.  Which is NOT available to customers who already own at least one Sirius Radio and pay a “Premium Price” for “Premium” Internet Services and decide they want to add the iPhone App as well?

Here’s a little inside information for you, it’s the iPhone and Apple that’s going to save your ass!  Everyone that was going to buy a radio has bought one by now!  Wake up and join the new form of content delivery!  To alienate the fastest growing device on the PLANET from your “Premium” content might be one of the biggest BONE HEAD moves I’ve seen!

So why should I keep Sirius if they want to continue to nickle-and-dime their most loyal customers?  Plain and simple ... I’m not.  I will wait a few weeks to allow thousands of others hammer you over this ridiculous decision.  If Sirius chooses to hold onto this stance, I will immediately cancel my 4 Radio and “Premium Internet” subscription.  I will then look to join, or create, an Internet campaign to encourage subscribers to cancel their accounts with this clueless company who just doesn’t “Get it.”  The Internet is such a great place to get the word out isn’t it?

You have a good thing going and you are blowing it!  Either get with the real world or fold and get out of the way!

Note to Customer Service Rep reading this:
Please make sure the appropriate people see this.  If they keep making dumb decisions like this, you’ll be out of a job very soon.

Posted by Truely Ridiculous on June 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM (CDT)


No offense to any listeners, but I don’t think that Sirius/XM built this app for Stern listeners-only.  They also omitted NFL and MLB from the app’s line-up.  I think they want to still have a means to drive traffic to their portable and car devices (Want to hear Stern? Get a new Sirius XXX).  Otherwise, I think we’d all agree that the iPhone’s a) portability and b) lack of required dedicated antenna would remove the need to purchase any of their devices at all.

Posted by Ian Rinestine on June 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM (CDT)


FANTASTIC idea to omit the biggest reason anyone listens to SiriusXM It must be me but does is US company except Apple run by idiots? GM, SIRIUS WTF get it together FIRE Mel today for this one…......

Posted by Louie on June 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM (CDT)


Hey everyone….no need to worry about no Howard or NFL on this new app….download pocket tunes app fro 9.99 and you can listen to all that stuff….been using it to listen to howard for a few months…of course you need the siruis subscription as well

Posted by steve on June 18, 2009 at 10:50 AM (CDT)


Additionally, those of us who were suckered into XM’s marketing push back in March of “We’re upgrading our online listening services and going to charge for it! Sign up for a year now and keep access to them without a monthly charge!” are apparently excluded from app access as well.

Posted by Bob on June 18, 2009 at 11:03 AM (CDT)


I don’t what everyone is saying about the NFL, it’s there under the sports category. Listening to it right now.

Posted by Steve on June 18, 2009 at 11:09 AM (CDT)


Pocket Tunes app out since Dec works great with Sirius and Stern.

Posted by louis on June 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM (CDT)


i would feel bad for this company if they didn’t keep doing these stupid things.
you’d think this was their last chance to save themselves and it looks like they’re trying to blow it.
as a supporter of a number of “charities”,
if they asked me to contribute an additional few dollars a month to be a able to have sirius on my iphone i would,even though i would feel like a chump,
but without howard?!!!!
as mel karazan is such i smart guy i can only assume
this is a suicide attempt and so i will withdraw
my support now.

sometimes i’ve felt like i’m supporting a charity
as a subscriber to sirius.

Posted by nick fletcher on June 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM (CDT)


//They also omitted NFL and MLB from the app’s line-up.  I think they want to still have a means to drive traffic to their portable and car devices// Actually it’s more because of blackout policies than personal greed, from what I know that the MLB prevents anyone (even the radio broadcasters themselves) from streaming their games over the internet, unless you play MLB for the privilege (that’s why the MLB at Bat app costs 10 bucks).

As for Stern, I doubt even Sirius/XM would be dumb enough to not include him without a good reason, either AT&T balked at suddenly having their data bandwidth use increase two-fold due to all the Stern folk, or Stern himself balked.

Posted by mikemil828 on June 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM (CDT)


Sirius recently released a free iPhone/iPod touch application for satellite radio fans. The Sirius XM offering includes 120 channels but Howard Stern is not present. Please sign this twitition that I created.

I am requesting that Sirius add Howard Stern’s programming to the iPhone/iPod touch application.

Posted by Larry Fire on June 18, 2009 at 1:05 PM (CDT)


Keep in mind that Sirius/XM may have nothing to do with this situation.  First, Howard’s contract probably has special bonus and incentives that kick in when his programming is offered on new outlets like the iPhone.  They may still be negotiating this.

More likely is that Apple’s policies for the App Store may have kicked in to limit the programs carried by the app that are R or X rated content.  I’m not kidding.  What just happened a few weeks ago, a public domain book app was held back initially for allowing access to the Kama Sutra which can be found through any search app in a minute or two.

Posted by Lowell Denning on June 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM (CDT)


This APP for iphone really stinks! No NASCAR or Howard Stern?  I am a member with you all for years with my vehicle. Not going to be a member with my iPhone…. Not to sure what you all were thinking when you left out the best channels!!!

Posted by Jim on June 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM (CDT)


paying $3 for something my stilleto does for free?
im quitting sirius when my account is up this christmas

Posted by asdfasdf on June 18, 2009 at 7:57 PM (CDT)


I hope SiriusXM holds firm and doesn’t give Howard another dime. He’s already got a half billion dollars from them, nearly bankrupting the company. I can’t beleive he’s trying to squeeze them for more.

Posted by Grant on June 19, 2009 at 1:44 AM (CDT)


Opie and Anthony and of course Jim Norton are luckily on the app…  On the Virus Channel…. I’m happy!

Posted by Kent on June 19, 2009 at 6:27 AM (CDT)


Pushing aside the whole “no Howard” BS, this app is eriously lacking a few KEY features:

1) No album Art
2) No scrolling text (PDT?)
3) No ability to browse by channel #
4) No ability to enter a channel # to go to that channel
5) App does not tune into the last channel when restarting the app (user setable feature)
6) No back button. If you start digging down into the channels, find a channel but want to go back to that catagory to find another channel, no dice. You have to click on catagories and go back to that catagory
7) No lyrics

All of these things were in the uSirius. You’d think Sirius would have at least looked at their effort before developing this piece of grabage. I was part of the beta test for uSirius and all of the things I listed above (and many I didn’t list) all came about due to user testing.

Posted by Roger on June 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM (CDT)


I have 2 Sirius subscriptions for my vehicles. I finally broke down today and subscribed to the internet access since I could now get the Sirius radio app on my Ipod. I’m an avid Howard listener. Boy was I disappointed when I couldn’t find Howard 100 on the line up. I wish I had investigated this before I purchased the internet access. I will be dropping the internet access and use the free apps that I already have for music on my Ipod. I wanted the premium channels to listen to good talk radio. If I want to listen to just music, I don’t have to pay anything. Sorry guys but you are missing out on a huge market. With talks of bankruptcy you would think your marketing execs would have thought this through a little better.

Posted by Jill on June 19, 2009 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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