The streaming radio pool is booming on Android, and Sirius is ready to take a cannonball dive right into the middle of it all. Today, Sirius announced that they’d be bringing an app to the Android market to supplement their subscription service. The app itself is free, and users will get to check the service out with a free 7-day trial that comes with the installation.
The press release – and the Android information sign-up site – says it’ll be coming to “Android-powered smartphones”, however they keep mentioning the Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One, specifically. I’m not sure if this means it’s exclusive to Android 2.1, exclusive to just those phones, or if those of us on older firmware versions will be able to experience the love, too.
Alluding to that confusion, they mention that those phones would be getting exclusive Sports and Entertainment talk show channels, as well. We’ve contacted Sirius to get some clarification on all of this.
In any case, it looks like streaming radio on Android comes to no end with all of the options available. Are any of you guys Sirius subscribers? If not, are you planning on taking advantage of the free 7-day trial to check out their service and app? Let us know in the comments. If you are a Sirius subscriber wanting details on what you can use on your phone – or would like to help make sense of who will be able to use what – check the press release out for yourself.
NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced that a free application for Android-powered smartphones will be available in May, giving consumers access to over 120 channels of sports, talk, entertainment, news, comedy and commercial-free music on the DROID by Motorola and the Google Nexus One.
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The free SIRIUS XM App for the DROID and Nexus One will give mobile consumers the freedom to listen to SIRIUS XM Premium Online content on the go on their smartphones over cellular and WiFi networks.
“SIRIUS XM will make it easy and convenient for DROID and Nexus One users to access our superior programming and exclusive content that they can’t get anywhere else,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SIRIUS XM Radio. “We are happy to add the DROID and Nexus One to our growing portfolio of Apps for smartphones that bring subscribers the best in mobile audio entertainment.”
The SIRIUS XM App will give subscribers to SIRIUS or XM Premium Online who own a DROID or Nexus One the ability to access exclusive sports talk and entertainment programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service. Exclusive programming includes MLB Network Radio, SIRIUS NFL Radio, NHL Home Ice, PGA TOUR, Mad Dog Radio with Chris Russo, CNN, Fox News Talk, NPR, MSNBC, The Foxxhole channel presented by Jamie Foxx, Blue Collar Comedy Radio, The Virus featuring Opie & Anthony, Playboy Radio, Rosie Radio, Oprah Radio, and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
SIRIUS and XM Premium Online subscribers will be able to listen to commercial-free music featuring exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service, such as Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour and Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure. Premium Online subscribers can also hear a broad array of 24/7 artist-branded music channels such as The Grateful Dead Channel, Eminem’s Shade 45, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, “Little Steven” Van Zandt’s Underground Garage and Outlaw Country channels, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Place, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, and Metropolitan Opera Radio. In addition to the artist branded channels, Premium Online subscribers have access to commercial-free music channels from every genre, such as, dance channel BPM, new country music channel The Highway, and indie rock channel SIRIUS XMU.
Premium Online subscribers will also have access to exclusive online-only showcase channels that feature multiple plays of exclusive programming from SIRIUS XM’s satellite radio service, including such acclaimed shows as Rosie Radio, The Jamie Foxx Show, specials from Blue Collar Comedy and Raw Dog Comedy, selections from the Artist Confidential series, and selections from exclusive live SIRIUS XM music performances, including pop, rock, hip-hop, country, jazz and more.
Certain programming, including MLB Play-by-Play, NFL Play-by-Play, SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, and Howard Stern, will not be available via the SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One. Listeners will continue to be able to access that programming through the SIRIUS XM platforms where they are currently offered.
The SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One will allow users to:
Listen to over 120 channels of SIRIUS XM Premium Online programming on the go, even while surfing the web or checking email.
Bookmark SIRIUS XM Premium Online channels for fast, easy access through a “Favorites” function.
View the current channel plus what is playing on all other available channels via the “Lookaround” function.
The SIRIUS XM App for DROID and Nexus One will be available as a free download through the Android Market on the handset or by visiting www.siriusxm.com/android. After downloading the free App, users will then be able to register for a 7-day free trial to SIRIUS XM Premium Online on their compatible smartphones.
To sign up to receive an email with a link to download the free App when it is available, users can also visit www.siriusxm.com/android.
There will be no additional charge for listening to SIRIUS XM’s Premium Online programming on an Android-powered smartphone once a user becomes a SIRIUS XM Premium Online subscriber or subscribes to the Company’s Premium Online service in conjunction with their satellite radio subscription.
For more information on SIRIUS XM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.