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Sirius XM unveils iPad-native radio app with AirPlay

updated 11:50 am EDT, Thu March 17, 2011

Sirius XM app retooled for iPad, AirPlay

Sirius XM this morning put out a new version of its iOS app optimized for the iPad (free, App Store). The new version is universal for both iPad and iPhone, and takes advantage of the extra screen area to show a much more visual, art-guided channel picker. Those running iOS 4.3 on any device also now have the option of pushing audio through AirPlay to an Apple TV or another external audio source.

Other improvements include a switch to AAC+ for better audio quality and fewer audio drops, particularly on 3G. Every channel shows album art and artist biographies when relevant. iPhone 4 and new iPod touch owners also get imagery optimized for the higher resolution display.

While the app is free, using the app requires either the $13 monthly Internet-only plan or $16 per month for a conventional satellite radio subscription with the Internet radio add-on. Most channels are now included in the online-only plan through recent deals, including Howard Stern, but Sirius XM cuts out 10 channels focusing mostly on traffic, weather, and live sports.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    interface question...

    i've got iOS 4.3 and updated the SIRI app. but i can't seem to find any way to invoke that control strip at the bottom that includes the airplay icon. all i have is a play/pause button up higher near he channel artwork.

    anyone else get it to work?

  1. ReneeP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Figured it out

    When you have the Sirius/XM app up, double click the home button on your iPad and you will see all your other apps displayed. Move it to the right or left until you see the display in the pic above. Then click on the little TV image and you can click on Apple TV. As soon as you click it and hit mirroring, the sound comes up on the Apple TV...yay!

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