Annoying iPhone Satellite

Why No iPhone App Mention On Howard

So after listening to Howard, and the wrapup show, and no mention of the sirius iPhone app whatsoever…
Now go back about 6 months when the starplayr app was in beta, and the excitement from Howard and how great it would be for Sirius bla bla huge potential for more subscribers bla bla…
So what is the change…
Was it Howard’s greed getting in the way…
If I could only stomach O&A…

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iPhone App Page of Death

So here’s the list of leaving my iPhone in the near future… Every app on my iPhone goes to the death page awaiting execution, to date no app has been granted a pardon….

Okay I can’t let go of this one, it was so totally awesome, I can only hope that whatever Sirius comes up with is half as good as this.

ASCII art shop lite
I’ve been meaning to purge this one for a while, has some ok image processing, but nothing that compelled me to pay for the full version, or keep this one.

Ok I really don’t need to have wikipedia pages read to me, when I read some of the initial reviews, HearPlanet sounded pretty cool. In reality I’ll pass, the speach is ok but not great, then the removal of all images takes more away…

Since there is a lot of entries that I found that have been closed for years. I think I’m just going to stick with urbanspoon.

Chop Sushi
Not that impressed, controls are funky, even for my 12 year old son.

Annoying annoying music, controls don’t really work, and did I mention the annoying music. It’s rock paper sissors… Not something I desire to online.

I did several recordings like they say to do, then I lied to it told the truth lied again told the truth, and essentially had the same results.

It’s over so why keep it, besides I’m not that into golf, mainly wanted to see how they handled their implementation.

XRayFX Lite
Ok it’s a cute novelty app, but that’s about it. Good for a couple of pranks at the bar.


Not feeling the whole, twitter thing…
Don’t need to know that much about anyone. Now that oprah and eric the ack acktor are twittering, I’m sure this fad is doomed.

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uSirius Starplayer iPhone Preview released…

Just got the preview loaded on my iPhone, and will mess around with it on my trip today, and report back later…

On an initial first look, it looks like they took care of the majority of feature requests and I assume the few minor bugs that existed…

The “Auto Tune” feature is a great addition, from app launch to playing last tuned station is about 17 seconds, and I’m showing about 3 bars of 3G coverage…

More to follow when I have time…

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uSirius Starplayr for the iPhone…

It has been a hectic week, so I am a little late on posting this…

As much as I enjoy(ed) starplayr2, I am enjoying the iPhone version so much more.

Going to start off with what’s wrong with it, at least what’s wrong that can be changed. This is a fairly short list, and most of my issues appear to be under consideration from what has been posted in the forums…

  1. Volume control is in a bad place, between the channel up down buttons, I have accidentally changed the channel more then a few times, and since the forum post to request the change is one of the developers, I guess this one will be addressed…
  2. Shake to shuffle, needs an on off switch, or what I saw suggested in the forum an “Off, Shuffle Favorite Channels, Shuffle All”. Had it change channels on me a couple times when setting my iPhone down. I am not really feeling the shake to shuffle here, since it takes several seconds to stream the new station, it kind of takes the spontaneity out of it, like the instant action like on something like UrbanSpoon or itunes.
  3. Background play, I know that it cant play in the background out of the application, but it would be nice if it would continue to play while I am looking through the station list and such.
  4. Play last channel on launch, sort of related to #3 above, my now second favorite iPhone audio app Pandora does it, and when I launch an audio app I want to hear audio.

And thats about all I see wrong with it, and it is still a beta…

The setup was about as simple as you can get, select your service, enter your username and password, and hit Done, thats it. Then all you need to do is pick your channel in 1 of 4 ways, Scroll through All Channels, Genres, Presets, or Search, and after a few second of buffer building you’ll start hearing your audio selection.

I have been trying my best to put uSirius Starplayr through its paces in various scenarios. I Have had it running on all 3 modes Edge, 3G and WiFi all are fully functional, and even using edge in the middle of a large hospital(will explain that in another post) with real bad signal (barely 2 bars edge) I had maybe 2 or 3 dropouts over a 3 plus hour session, and even the battery consumption was not that big of an issue. Tried it on the road in varying levels of coverage, and had one issue of  the application crashing, restarted the app, and it picked right back up.

Since I have yet to  be impressed with any of the “Portable” hand held satellite receivers  from either XM or Sirius, this is a great alternative to those devices, and means one less thing to carry and charge. Then you also need to take into account that the Stiletto software does not support OS X, and lets not forget those stylish Antenna Headphones.

Stylish Headphone Antenna
Stylish Headphone Antenna

The only downside that really cant be addressed by anyone other then at&t,  is the same with any of the iPhones network based applications, no service, no data, no workee. Since I live in rural Southeast Virginia, and spend a fair amount of my free time out in even more rural Virginia, it is a fairly rare occasion that I am not in any coverage and unable to use data services, so that has not really become a factor. Since I am usually horribly lost at that point and only paying attention to my GPS not and not anything else…

All in all this is a great, really great application and lives on the front/main page of my iPhone. 

Here are the obligatory screen shots.


An Apology…

I wrote an entry the other day about StarLite/StarLiteXM, that may have been a bit hasty and a bit unfair. I have had a short discussion with the author of StarPlayr, StarLiteXM etc, and I realize that I did not contact him about this like I thought I had. He has given me some suggestions to resolve my problems with the app, I will give those suggestions a try and report back here.