It’s been a long sought dream of Stern fans and satellite radio listeners in general to get Sirius XM on their iPhones, allowing them to tune into the “best radio on radio” with nothing but a cell phone and some headphones. While Sirius XM provides some great hardware (i.e. the Stilleto), nothing comes close in convenience to the ability to listen from your iPhone.
There’s a bit of a history when it comes to Sirius XM and the iPhone. Most notably, Apple denied uSirius after a long application approval process. After that, several rumors started circulating about Sirius XM striking a deal with Apple to build their own, native iPhone app. We’re still waiting for it.
Although there are ways to listen to Sirius on jailbroken iPhones, the following application allows you to stream Sirius XM on any regular non-jailbroken iPhone. Simply buy it from the App Store.
Pocket Tunes Radio by NormSoft, Inc.
Pocket Tunes Radio is an app that allows you to listen to any web-based radio station on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Since Sirius XM has an online stream (http://www.sirius.com/siriusinternetradio), it works with this application. Note that “Pocket Tunes Radio” is NOT exclusive to satellite radio, and that it can be used to listen to any online radio station.
The app works on both WiFi and 3G.
You can search for the specific station you’d like to listen to by keyword (or by city, state, call sign, or frequency). If you don’t know what you’re looking for, browse through thousands of stations in a pre-populated, continually updated catalog.
The application remembers stations that you listen to so you don’t need to “re-find” it. Once you find a station you listen to frequently (like Sirius XM), just save it in “Favorites” and it’ll be easy to access.
If you like a specific song, the app can link you directly into iTunes so you can download it.
Pocket Tunes Radio has a built in browser so you can surf the web while the station keeps playing. (This is the developer’s way of “working around” the lack of background support for iPhone apps.) The app also has aacPlus v2 support, and requires the iPhone 2.2 software update.
The only downfall to this application that I have noticed is the battery drainage. When listening via 3G, the phone’s battery life is greatly lowered.
Note: To listen to The Howard Stern Show (or Sirius in general), you must have a Sirius XM subscription, with an internet radio password. You must enter your login to access the Sirius XM stream (same exact thing as when listening on your computer.)