I have been a SIRIUS XM subscriber since Howard Stern joined the satellite radio provider. It is a great service, providing commercial free music and talk channels with less commercials than you would find on terrestrial radio for a monthly fee. For roughly three bucks more a month you can listen over the internet which saved my sanity when I was working at a tedious desk job. (The internet service is available as a stand alone subscription as well).
I was very excited to hear a few weeks ago that SIRIUS XM was working on an Android app. Last night I received the email to download the app and I installed it immediately.
The app, which is only for the Nexus One and Droid is very solid. One quirk I noticed right away though: the icon says “SIRIUS XM” on it so they only titled it “Online” which makes it unintuitive to find in your apps tray.
After installing the app I tried to create an online username associated with my account via the account management page on the website. No dice, it’s just not taking. After 30 minutes on hold and a few minutes with an operator we get it working. It takes about 2 minutes to do a one time data download and I was listening to Sirius XM. It comes through crisp and plenty loud. Changing channels is quick and there is a status bar icon that you can pull down when you are not in the app to see what channel you are on and what song and artist is playing.
Unfortunately I quickly discovered that the two Howard Stern channels are not available despite their availability on the PC. Dealbreaker #1 for me.
Then I decide to try it in my car as I run some errands. Nothing. Despite SIRIUS XM stating that it does work on mobile carrier’s networks I have been unable to get it to work for 2 days. This has also been confirmed by a number of other users. Dealbreaker #2.
If you are already a SIRIUS XM subscriber this is not worth the three extra dollars a month until they fix the mobile network issue. If you haven’t felt the need for SIRIUS XM in your life though this probably isn’t going to change your mind but there is a 7 day free trial if you download the app (just make sure to cancel before day 7, on day 8 they start charging you). If you are an internet subscriber already and thus have no additional cost, you might as well play around with it.