Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

If you’re a Sirius subscriber, you’ll be glad to hear that the Sirius app for Android was released today! I’ve been listening to online radio on my Nexus One for the past few hours, and have come across no problems. Subscribers can get the app and login with their credentials to start listening to their favorite channels, and those of you who haven’t got a subscription for the service will be offered a 7 day free trial upon installation.

The layout of the app is similar to that of the Sirius iPhone application, with tabs at the bottom of the screen making it simple to navigate between categories and channels. You can view what’s currently playing on the ‘Home’ tab, whereas ‘Categories’ and ‘Channels’ allow you to see what’s on and pick a station. Of course, you also have access to your favorite channels too.

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You may notice that some of your favorite channels are missing from the Sirius mobile application, as they are in the iPhone version. According to the Sirius app FAQ, this is due to mobile performance rights

SIRIUS & XM offer all of the channels for which we have mobile performance rights. For that reason, certain channels which may be available on your satellite radio or online radio service may not be available on your mobile device.

Fortunately, users still have access to over 120 radio channels, so you’re unlikely to be stuck without something to listen to! You can listen to online radio over Wi-Fi or a 3G connection, and you’re even given a lovely disclaimer before using the app over 3G

This product will use a large amount of data and you are responsible for all data charges. Please contact your carrier’s customer service to confirm / add an unlimited data plan

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I’ve managed to use the app without any problems on both a Nexus One and G1, so you should be able to install Sirius regardless of the version of Android you’re currently running. I couldn’t find it in the market, but Sirius offers to e-mail you an installation link. I would have liked to see some sort of search function within the app, so I could search for channels instead of having to scroll down the entire list. Nevertheless, Sirius is a great app for Android, and makes listening to online radio on your phone a whole lot easier.

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • ((RayDar))

    The App doesn't work on my G1. It displays the message "Data Connection Lost -- Trying To Reacquire Connection" and the logcat reports the following:

    ChunkSelector:setChannelId: Unknown format
    E/sirius ( 4454): java.io.IOException: Unknown format
    E/sirius ( 4454): at java.util.zip.GZIPInputStream.(GZIPInputStream.java:85)
    E/sirius ( 4454): at java.util.zip.GZIPInputStream.(GZIPInputStream.java:66)
    E/sirius ( 4454): at com.sirius.service.k.e(k.java)
    E/sirius ( 4454): at com.sirius.service.SiriusPlayerService.startPlayback(SiriusPlayerService.java)
    E/sirius ( 4454): at com.sirius.service.bb.run(bb.java)
    E/sirius ( 4454): at java.util.Timer$TimerImpl.run(Timer.java:290)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): SiriusPlayerService : startPlayback -> Exception in _chunkSelector.reset() or _chunkQueue.reset()
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): com.sirius.service.e: java.io.IOException: Unknown format
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at com.sirius.service.k.e(k.java)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at com.sirius.service.SiriusPlayerService.startPlayback(SiriusPlayerService.java)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at com.sirius.service.bb.run(bb.java)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at java.util.Timer$TimerImpl.run(Timer.java:290)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): Caused by: java.io.IOException: Unknown format
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at java.util.zip.GZIPInputStream.(GZIPInputStream.java:85)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): at java.util.zip.GZIPInputStream.(GZIPInputStream.java:66)
    E/SiriusPlayerService( 4454): ... 4 more

    • Web Design Development Service

       same problem here............

  • Cory

    Well.....Ive been waiting for this app for about a month now. im running it on the moto droid,and Ive had nothing but problems. it keeps buffering for 30 sec to 3 min. hopefully the next version comes out quick,for now im back with Pandora........no buffering there.

  • Andres

    No Howard Stern channels...uninstall... BABABOOEY!!!

  • Ted

    Ever since I installed the App on my Droid Eris (Android 2.1), the phone has been giving me problems. I have had several programs start by themselves while the Sirius/XM app is running. Pandora, TuneWiki, and the default MP3 player have all somehow started up by themselves when this app is running! I then have to manually kill these apps. This has never happened before I installed this. Has anyone else had problems like this?

  • Tommy

    I'm getting the same data connection lost message as raydar. Even if I was getting a signal there's no Howard 100 channel! I've been waiting for this app specifically to listen to Howard for about 6 months now and this is a disappointment to say the least.

  • http://permanentpain.com Noswad

    If we pay for the service after the 7 day trial will Howard Stern THEN be available?

  • Ted

    No people. Captain Hoo-Hoo will never be available via listening online, or through any of the mobile apps. Seriously, he ONLY makes $100 MILLION a year from his contract. You can't possibly think his channel would be available this way. He definitely needs more money than that. Now if he were paid maybe $1 billion a year (like he thinks he's worth) then maybe the channel would be available.

    • http://permanentpain.com Noswad

      Howard turned into a MAJOR A$$HOLE. He has not been this "shock jock" since the early 90's. I don't listen to Sirius for him anyways. What a shame.

  • Sue E.

    I was excited to get this. I have downloaded it 4 times today and it completes the download and then there is no app showing up on my phone!!! Not listed in my apps or even in settings, manage applications!!!! Where does it magically go after downloading onto my Moto Droid????

    • Milenko

      Sue, look for an app named "Online"

  • Jay

    I'm stumped. I get a nice smooth stream on WiFi (Samsung Intercept) but on 3G I get "network not located" but only after it has successfully logged in and downloaded the channels and songs. I know the network is active - other apps are fine. Any ideas?

  • nando

    i dont even find the app in the droid market !!! what the hellll

  • rainy

    The Sirius XM app does not work on a Dell Streak 7 ... yet. Tried it. :(

  • Steve

    I just bought a Galaxy Nexus. I can't find the Sirius app in the market. On the Sirius.ca website there is a download to the for the app. But how do you install it??

    Any help is appreciated