Leaked: Sirius XM iPhone App details for iPhone iOS 4.0 - Orbitcast

Leaked: Sirius XM iPhone App details for iPhone iOS 4.0

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While we all sit and patiently wait for an updated Sirius XM iPhone App to hit the streets, it might help to share the details of what is rumored to be included within the App.
This information was shared by Orbitcast commenter "SIRIUS TECH" who had previously - and accurately, I might add - leaked information regarding the BlackBerry App by developed by Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Sirius XM's iPhone App will indeed support multitasking on Apple's iOS 4.0 platform, according to the tip, but will also come with several other updates.

According to the tip, since AT&T is changing their wireless plans from the unlimited data access previously allowed, the Sirius XM iPhone App will now include a "Data Warning Screen" to make customers aware of data consumption by the App. There is also expected to be an updated login screen, so users no longer need to pick Sirius or XM prior to logging in.

The App is also rumored to be getting the ability to "Reorganize Favorites" - pressing "Edit" in the upper right hand corner allows the user to drag to rearrange their favorite channels, pressing "Done" sets the changes. The same functionality will be made available to songs tagged in your shopping cart.

Another feature avid users will enjoy is Auto Play. The last channel will begin playing automatically at login if this setting is turned on. There's also going to be a screenlock override allowing your screen to not "go dark"/"lock" while using the app.

Got multiple accounts? No worries! You can now you can logout and enter new credentials without having to delete and reinstall the app.

There's other small changes made to the interface supposedly coming down the pipe, as well as improved reliability and stability updates.

The sad thing is that this information was leaked quite some time ago, and I was expecting that Sirius XM would have been able to update the App "soon" which is why I sat on it. But since it looks like we're in an indefinite holding pattern (hopefully until Apple approves the App?), there's no harm in sharing the info with other satellite radio fans while we wait.

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Is a multi-tasking update planned for the SkyDock application?

I will not subscribe again until it is updated to multi-task!

I hope the Canadian apps will soon have an update also. The new features sound great

Do not try at home (little disclaimer) but my xm skydock does not have ends on it (THE TWO CLIPS THAT HOLD THE IPOD OR THE IPHONE) so my ipad sits perfectly in it and charges, lean it back and apply 2" velcro like 3 inches long.to the back left corner.I can push the right side of my ipad and it pushes my radio on button in my truck and my radio turns on. type skydock-ipad for a tease demo on youtube.I was rushing the video i have kids but it is so cool and if sirius updates the app to rotate horizontal i will be back to the drawing board.
But it works phenomenal with such a large screen.
GO SIRIUSXM

Do not try at home (little disclaimer) but my xm skydock does not have ends on it (THE TWO CLIPS THAT HOLD THE IPOD OR THE IPHONE) so my ipad sits perfectly in it and charges, lean it back and apply 2" velcro like 3 inches long.to the back left corner.I can push the right side of my ipad and it pushes my radio on button in my truck and my radio turns on. type skydock-ipad for a tease demo on youtube.I was rushing the video i have kids but it is so cool and if sirius updates the app to rotate horizontal i will be back to the drawing board.
But it works phenomenal with such a large screen.
GO SIRIUSXM

With AT&T curtailing unlimited data and adopting a "metered" model, how does it make sense to use your iPhone extensively to listen to the radio? A few minutes here and there, maybe, but as a substitute for a car radio or for all-day at work or home listening, you'd burn up your allocated data very quickly.

And, this is not a ripple in the road -- AT&T and others have stated that they want to break people permanently of the idea that data is free and get them used to the idea that you pay for what you get, just as you do with most other things. Overall, though, this may be good for satellite radio, as it will sharply reduce the ability of web-based audio content providers to compete with Sirius XM's satellite-delivered product.

It works fine over WiFi. :-) My roommate uses hers at work to listen to Sirius almost all day but she uses WiFi. Same thing here at home. The only time it's on 3G is in the car and the drive to work is only about 15 minutes.

The 200mb plan is stupid, but staying under 2gb is actually pretty easy.

And PLEASE Sirius, while you're at it... will you make use of the screen and make the song info actually READABLE? I don't need to see the station logo filling up my entire phone while the song info is squeezed at the bottom. One of the worst UI decisions ever.

Yes, that's true if WiFi is available where you want to listen. But, since Sirius XM is clearly focusing on vehicles as its target market, the 3G limitations (both bandwidth restrictions and geographic availability) will probably work in the company's favor by limiting people's ability to stream competing web-based services to their cars, since this makes their satellite-delivered signal more appealing.

Update is now available

New app now available in the App Store. Still checking it out...

"There is also expected to be an updated login screen, so users no longer need to pick Sirius or XM prior to logging in."

I wonder if this is going to lead to a joint online presence. There are several Sirius Only and XM only apps that users of the other services cannot sign into like the XM WMC app and several Sirius Online Radios.

It would be nice if the new App didn't ask if you are still listening every hour and then shut off. If I am doing anything where I want to dock my iPod touch and listen for an extended period of time, this makes it very annoying to have to keep going back to the unit and start it up again. Pandora allows you to listen for five straight hours if you subscribe, Slacker allows you to listen for eight hours. If Sirius XM is trying to be competitive, they really need to wake up.

Hello all,

I just checked the app store and the new Sirius XM application (version 1.3.3) that supports iOS 4.0 is now available! I downloaded around 6:10 PM CDT, and I'm pretty sure it could have only been available for about 2 hours or so.

It looks like all the rumored features are part of it, including:
- Multitasking - yes, you can surf in Safari now and still listen to Sirius in the background
- Re-arrange favorites
- Warning screen on data usage (this can be permanently turned off, though)
- Autoplay when you open the application - begin playing your previous channel

I've used it for about 10 minutes now, but it seems to work great. Go forth and download!

-Greg H.

I just got my brand new iPhone 4g and I definitely despise it!

I recently updated the Sirius app for my iPhone 3G, and the new update is terrible for me. It used to keep playing after the screen faded to dark or if I pressed the top button to turn the screen off to save battery. Now, as soon as my screen goes dark, the sound turns off. I've tried it with the new "Screen lock override" toggle on either setting, but it still stops sound when the screen goes dark. It's going to be impossible to play in the car and a total battery suck this way if the only way it will work is to keep the screen on the whole time!!

May be a good update for ios4 users, but with the 4 so sluggish for 3G iPhones, I don't want to upgrade my OS yet. Seems like this Sirius update shouldn't be available for earlier OS's. It sucks.