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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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The reason they aren’t putting him on the internet version, is because people would only subscribe to the cheaper internet streaming and not to the regular service.

The big thing is, with iPhone you could plug that into anything and get the same service.  That means less hardware sold and less individual subscriptions per device to be able to get it in your car, home, boat or whatever. 

I call low blow on these guys because they are trying to wring people out for cash for something they are already paying for.  Essentially all we want is to be able to use the content where we wish, which should be our choice.  Now we are getting nickle and dimed to death for something we thought we had already paid for.

Thanks Sirius.  Keep it up, you will see how it works.

Posted by DM on June 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM (CDT)

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