Devices – SiriusBuzz http://siriusbuzz.com All Things SiriusXM Satellite Radio Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:01:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SiriusXM Releases New iOS App – Version 3.0 http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-releases-new-ios-app-version-3-0.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-releases-new-ios-app-version-3-0.php#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:43:53 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=21040 → Read More]]> There is hope for all of you SiriusXM iOS app users as your favorite satellite radio provider has finally sunk some thought and resources into their online listening experience.

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This new app boasts features including speedier tune times, synced settings across devices, enhanced search, personalized recommendations, and social integration.

Although it may not be touted as a bullet point feature, gone are the days of using your pinky finger on those tiny little touch targets as the new app features large clickable areas that leave room for the fattest of fingers. Finally no more miss-clicks and accidental deletions!

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Sleek new channel pages, complete with album art and biography's, feature the ability to share what you're listening to via iMessage, Twitter, and Facebook.

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The new and improved customization screen makes it much easier for users to stream more of what they want.

New application settings also allow you to choose both your live and download audio quality, for those users on a tight data budget.

SiriusXM finally has an app with looks, usability, and functionality worthy of a company of their caliber. The most important question now is – will it work? As of today OnDemand episodes of my favorite shows are two days behind but, it hasn’t crashed yet so, that’s a good start.

Details and download information can be found in the App Store.

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SiriusXM’s Two Star App Plagued with More Mysterious OnDemand Downtime http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxms-two-star-app-plagued-with-more-mysterious-ondemand-downtime.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxms-two-star-app-plagued-with-more-mysterious-ondemand-downtime.php#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:52:32 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=19272 → Read More]]> app-crashIt’s not just you -- the SiriusXM OnDemand feature has been down for over 12 hours and no one seems to know when it will be fixed.

When notified about the issue all SiriusXM would say was “We're currently having issues with the app, but all the content should return when it's fixed. There is no ETA at this time, sorry.” They don’t seem to know what is wrong and they never know when it will be fixed.

I spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours listening to SiriusXM and its OnDemand features during the course of the day so, it is likely that I run into issues more than the average user but, as of late, the downtime for this paid service, is raising some eyebrows.

We all know when it comes to the internet, streaming anything can be flaky but, this isn’t a one off issue, there is a pattern here… it’s happening constantly. There were at least four times that I contacted support in January (in addition to the OnDemand takedown for Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash), twice in February, and now here we are again, down for over 12 hours in March.

Why isn’t SiriusXM more forthcoming with reporting these outages? Why do they keep happening? Why aren’t they doing anything to compensate their loyal subscribers? What do you think about the lowly two star rated app and how the company has been handling it? Sound off in the comments below.

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Pure Announces SiriusXM Internet Radios http://siriusbuzz.com/pure-announces-siriusxm-internet-radios.php http://siriusbuzz.com/pure-announces-siriusxm-internet-radios.php#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:24:28 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=18661 → Read More]]> The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing.  Electronics companies and fans have converged in Las Vegas to tout everything new, wonderful, and shiny.  Pure, a maker of Internet radios has announced that three of its 2014 models will support SiriusXM Internet radio, and promises that more is to come.

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Pure - The Evoke F4

Successor to our revolutionary Evoke Flow, Evoke F4 with Bluetooth uses the same winning combination of worldwide internet radio and crystal clear DAB digital radio and adds Bluetooth music streaming, and compatibility with our Jongo wireless multi-room family.

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Pure - One Flow

Our most affordable portable music streaming and radio system, One Flow sounds great and is easy to use with an intuitive interface and context-sensitive buttons.

Connect One Flow to the internet using Wi-Fi and you can listen to thousands of internet radio stations; play on-demand content, podcasts and ambient sounds; and play music streamed from your PC or Mac. You can also stream music from your Apple or Android device and use One Flow with our Jongo family and other compatible products as part of a synchronized multi-room audio system.

Features include a smooth satin-touch finish, two alarms, a sleep timer and kitchen timer, an aux-in socket for your iPod or MP3 player and headphone socket. Options include a ChargePAK E1 rechargeable battery pack and USB Ethernet adapter.

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Pure - Sensia 200D

A fully featured portable music streaming and radio system, Sensia 200D Connect uses its large color touchscreen to add another dimension to your music collection, radio and more.

Connect Sensia 200D Connect to the internet using Wi-Fi and you can listen to thousands of internet radio stations; play on-demand content, podcasts and ambient sounds; and play music streamed from your PC or Mac. You can also stream music from your Apple or Android deviceand use Sensia 200D Connect with our Jongo family and other compatible products as part of a synchronized multiroom audio system.

Sensia 200D Connect supports instant and timed recording of live internet radio to USB memory stick.

Delivering 30W RMS of digital sound via DSP tuned high efficiency class-D amplifiers for accurate timbre and detail resolution, Sensia 200D Connect has reality-enhancing stereo separation and produces immersive, room-filling sound.

Its sophisticated color touchscreen is fast and smooth and can be used to show album art, weather reports, station slideshows, Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and photos stored locally or on Picasa. Options include a ChargePAK F1 rechargeable battery pack and USB Ethernet adapter.

 "We know that radio is extremely important to U.S. consumers with 75 per cent of people listening every day or most days. Both in-car and in-home listening are also hugely popular with 78 percent regularly listening to audio in the car and 75 percent in the home**. We are delighted to be able to offer SiriusXM's unparalleled audio entertainment through our internet radios and to enable SiriusXM subscribers to seamlessly access the content they love listening to in their vehicles, in great quality audio in their homes or offices."

SiriusXM is connecting with consumers in many ways.  Internet radio streaming can be accomplished on many devices.  Making it a user friendly experience is another matter.  By partnering with Pure, SiriusXM creates a seamless user interface that consumers are now coming to expect.  Stay Tuned!

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SiriusXM Onyx Plus – Just In Time for the Holidays http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-onyx-plus-just-in-time-for-the-holidays.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-onyx-plus-just-in-time-for-the-holidays.php#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:10:02 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=18326 → Read More]]> The next evolution of the Onyx is here – “Plus” is big step up from the old Onyx “EZ” and is full of new features actually worth upgrading for.

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Packed into a sleek new design you’ll now find a full color display capable of displaying album art, channel logos, and related graphics. We’ll miss you old blue screen with scrolling text.

The Plus also offers the 20+ expanded channel line up with more music, sports, comedy, and Spanish language channels. And with more channels, you’ll need more programmable channels. With the Plus you’ll now have 20 one touch access saved stations, that’s 10 more than the old EZ and plain old "Onyx." Best of all, it's affordable! You can pick it up today for just $79.99, that's $20 off MSRP.

With this new technology you’ll also find features like TuneStart, TuneMix, TuneScan. Much like the mobile app, the Onyx features settings that allow you to start songs from the begging when you change channels, blend music from your favorite channels, and select previously played songs to be played again.

Plus also has a few niceties we have come to expect from SiriusXM including pause, rewind, replay as well as song, artist, and game alerts. You can even lock and unlock channels with mature content.

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The new Onyx also comes with a vehicle kit and utilizes the same universal dock as previous versions. This means you don’t have to toss out that old compatible dock or boombox.

Do you love shiny new gadgets and your Sirius satellite service? Too bad! Don’t let the “SiriusXM” name fool you, this little plug and play radio only works on the XM network. Why? We assume that SiriusXM is having a giggle at everyone’s expense.

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SiriusXM Embraces Connected Car With Ford http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-embraces-connected-car-with-ford.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-embraces-connected-car-with-ford.php#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:25:09 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=17117 → Read More]]> 2012-ford-explorerWhether you want to call it Satellite Radio 3.0, or SiriusXM Hybrid, the result is the same.  SiriusXM and Ford have announced an expanded deal that brings together the satellite service with the streaming service.  For the first time a true hybrid in-dash experience is available from SiriusXM. This has been a long time goal of the company, and seeing it come to fruition is a huge positive for consumers.

Ford drivers will be the first to enjoy access to the MySXM and On Demand features of SiriusXM Internet Radio alongside satellite radio all by using voice commands, steering wheel, or radio controls.  The combination brings customization and On Demand to the dashboard.  In addition, SiriusXM and Ford also announced that those buying new cars will receive 6 months of SiriusXM All Access, a higher tier of service that includes Internet streaming.

Better still, as a software add-on, the SiriusXM Internet Radio App can already be used in more than one million Ford vehicles that are  equipped with SYNC AppLink.  The product provides drivers with control of their favorite mobile applications via voice commands, steering wheel or radio controls.  Essentially the consumer can be a safer driver while listening to the best radio on radio.

Internet Radio subscribers can download the latest version of the SiriusXM App for their compatible iPhone or Android smartphone and connect to SYNC AppLink for safer in-vehicle control of MySXM and On Demand.

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SiriusXM Updates iPhone and iPad App — Bugs Squashed? http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-updates-iphone-and-ipad-app-bugs-squashed.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-updates-iphone-and-ipad-app-bugs-squashed.php#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 13:45:21 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=16944 → Read More]]> app-band-aid-fixedFor those of you who have been struggling with the recently released version 2.5, SiriusXM has an app update featuring “many bug fixes” and as an added bonus, support for the voice controlled Ford SYNC AppLink.

It has taken the company five frustrating weeks to release 2.6 but, after 24 hours of using the latest version, I am happy to report, I am no longer experiencing any crashing issues – although, I remain apprehensive.

If you have experienced the dreaded crash bug with previous versions I do recommend completely deleting the app and performing a fresh install of the latest version – rather than simply tapping "update." This clean install method should be the first thing you try with any iOS app you might be having issues with.

Have all the bugs been worked out? Is everyone happy? If not, please share your story in the comment section below, I would hate to think anyone is still silently suffering a maddening fate.

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SiriusXM App Crashing Woes Cause Ratings Slide http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-app-crashing-woes-cause-ratings-slide.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-app-crashing-woes-cause-ratings-slide.php#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 14:00:59 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=16907 → Read More]]> app-crashFor some SiriusXM subscribers it’s been a very long 30 days since the company launched their much anticipated MySXM app. While the majority of people tend to agree the new App is full of great new custom features, the few haven’t been able to fully enjoy them.

The seemingly unlucky minority, who I happen to be one of, have seen a barrage of random and often maddening crashes. It doesn’t matter when you’re listening, or what you’re listening to. It might happen once every minute or once every hour but, eventually it will get you – and when it does, it often causes you to lose your place in your favorite show.

Subscribers are rightly upset and they’ve taken to iTunes App store to let their voice be heard. At the time this article was written, 1 star votes have outnumbered 5 star votes by a margin of 3 to 1 – not a good sign freshly released app. A quick sorting of the reviews to “most recent” shows an even more disturbing trend with 17 out of the first 20 votes rated at 1 frustrated star.

The running theme of these 1 star ratings is clear;

  • “Random app crashing happens multiple times a day on iPhone 5. I lose my place all of the time.”
  • “It won’t let me hear the on demand shows anymore, it shuts off constantly and often loses its position, needs lots of improvement.”
  • “This app crashes more than it works. 2hrs into a 4hr show and it crashes and you have to start it all over again, every day.”

It goes on and on, page after page like this.

What’s even more frustrating is that the company doesn’t seem to have any clue what is causing the issue and with these random crashes leaving no trail behind in the iOS crash log, it seems destined to remain a mystery.

Customer service reps have confirmed that the higher levels of management are aware of the problem and assured subscribers that they will be notified when it has been sorted out. In the meantime, some angry subscribers have been pacified with $50 apology credits made to their accounts.

If you happen to be one of the unlucky, please share your story in the comments below. Maybe we can put our heads together, figure out the common denominator, and finally kill this bug from hell before I lose what little hair I have left.

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SiriusXM’s MySXM Now Live on iOS App http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxms-mysxm-now-live-on-ios-app.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxms-mysxm-now-live-on-ios-app.php#comments Sat, 06 Apr 2013 20:48:54 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=16692 → Read More]]> For those of you who do not check your app store updates religiously, the new version 2.5 SiriusXM iPhone and iPad app featuring “MySXM” personalization features has been officially released.

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The same great additions web users have been toying with for the past couple of months are now available to all mobile users. For all of you newcomers, this means you'll now have the ability to tailor your favorite music channels to your liking.

In the case of a channel like faction (above) you can chose between hearing more/less new music, no hip-hop/extra, and more/less punk. The obvious beauty of this system is that these controls are are uniquely suited to the genre of music.

To access the feature simply click the customize option, set your preferences, click apply and you're done. These toggle switches (shown below) will allow you to jump from live station programming to your customized settings at any time.

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Once in “MySXM” mode, users will also notice the new ability to skip over as many as 5 songs per hour. This means, after you’ve tweaked your personal options, you only have to like 4 out of every 5 songs played per hour.

As with the web player, this new feature is still only available on a select number of stations so, if you do not see this feature after updating to the latest version, don’t panic just send the guys at SiriusXM some feedback requesting it. And if you have a problem logging in, just give it a few minutes --  for some reason the latest version of the app gave me the "checking credentials" screen for a full 10 minutes before it let me in -- hopefully this is just a temporary glitch.

Will we see the official SiriusXM app finally break the 3 star rating levels for this first time with these highly anticipated features? I think so. Longtime mobile iOS users will be hard pressed to find any major weaknesses in this latest release. If I’m wrong, please let me know in the comments below, I’m always on the lookout for strange bugs and shortcomings.

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My Take On MySXM – Part 1 – The Concept http://siriusbuzz.com/my-take-on-mysxm-part-1-the-concept.php http://siriusbuzz.com/my-take-on-mysxm-part-1-the-concept.php#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:06:49 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=16136 → Read More]]> Friday readers were treated to a bit of news regarding SiriusXM's new personalized Radio feature known as MyControl or MySXM.  I have spent a good chunk of the weekend putting the service through its paces and have developed my own take on the service.  There is a lot of ground to cover here and I thought it best to break up my review into a few components.  There is the concept, the technical, and the impact on the equity.  I have covered the impact on the equity in an article published on Seeking Alpha.  This piece will stick to the concept with another article about the interface to follow.

MySXM - The Concept

The concept with the new MySXM is brilliant.  While it may seem simple, the product is actually quite complex.  Think of MySXM as individual filters applied to already expertly curated channels and you can begin to visualize what this revolutionary concept actually does.  Lets take artist Taylor Swift as an example.  She is a little bit country and a little bit pop.  From a country standpoint she is not likely to appear on Willies Roadhouse channel, but could be a regular on The Highway.  Meanwhile she would not appear on a 90's channel, but would appear on Sirius Hits 1.

The first part of any music channel is programming that channel with a playlist.  In theory that playlist will include songs that fit the description of a channel.  A program director will curate a playlist for a channel and if all goes according to plan, listeners will enjoy the channel and listen regularly.  MySXM takes that concept a bit further.  By example, lets assume that a playlist for this week on the 80's channel includes 2,000 songs.  Being the 80's it will likely include the tail end of disco, some rock, some punk, some British bands, and some pop.  That is a lot of coverage for one channel.  A program director is already challenged in creating the perfect experience for listeners.  SiriusXM's MySXM allows the user to drill down into a more personalized experience by using a slide bar to further customize the curated content.

What happens now is that a program director is essentially refining each song on that playlist to apply it to the attributes of the 80's channel.  In addition, a program director at "Classic Rewind"  may be taking some of those same songs and categorizing them for that channel.  Thus a classic 80's song like Def Leppard's  "Rock Of Ages" might be in the regular playlist of the 80's channel this week, and get further identified as a "Top Hits" song, a "More Pop & Rock" song, as well as an "Early 80's Song" for the customized attributes of the 80's channel.   By sliding the bars on the 80's channel you can narrow the playlist to include only the songs that fit your mood.  Meanwhile the program director at Classic Rewind might categorize the same song as "Familiar", "Rockin Classics", and "More 80's" on that channel.  Essentially one individual song can have several attributes assigned to it across several channels.  Can you see the complexity?  Thankfully, for the consumer the process is simple.

The beautiful thing that SiriusXM has accomplished here is that your music can suit your mood instantly.  Let's say that you like today's hits, but every once in a while you like to rock out a bit.  You can slide a few bars and get music instantly that suits your mood.  Tomorrow you can slide the bars again and be back to your usual self.  Let's say you like modern country but do not want very much twang.   Slide a few bars and you have a pop/country listening experience.  It is an awesome concept.

Let's consider a service like Pandora for a moment.  With Pandora there is software that learns your likes and dislikes.  That model begins to learn what you like and do not like.  Sounds cool so far.  After many weeks of listening Pandora gets pretty good at understanding your usual desires.  However, can that channel strike that cord that has you currently wanting more rock because you are in that type of mood?  Not really effectively.  MySXM can do that instantly for you!

Thus far MySXM is working on 40 channels.  It will get to more channels over time, and the company will certainly tweak many things along the way.  The key here is that a subscription to SiriusXM just got a lot more valuable for consumers.  I have made no secret that I am a fan of Slacker as well as SiriusXM.  I oft listen to Slacker when at my desk and at home.  For whatever reason I preferred the programming that Slacker assigned to the types of music I listen to.  MySXM may very well change my listening habits in favor of SiriusXM.  That is a good thing for the satellite radio provider.  The company wants more ears listening more often.  MySXM will create more brand loyalty by making the service more valuable to listeners.  I can actually picture a day when users may want to stream SiriusXM in their cars via the cell phone app so that they can customize in the car as well.

As Charles pointed out in the initial review, the company will be able to learn a lot about what consumers want in a listening experience.  MySXM will actually help program directors curate the satellite streamed channels better as well.  It is a win/win situation.

One feature I would love to see is a search function that allows a user to type in a song or a band and identify which channels that artist is played on the most.  It is a simple feature that will get consumers what they want more quickly.  Kudos to SiriusXM for taking on the challenge of creating "CUSTOMIZED CURATION."

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SiriusXM MyControl Beta Now Live! http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-mycontrol-beta-now-live.php http://siriusbuzz.com/siriusxm-mycontrol-beta-now-live.php#comments Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:49:29 +0000 http://siriusbuzz.com/?p=16122 → Read More]]> The much anticipated music personalization feature from SiriusXM is finally here! With MyControl listeners can now customize their music channels to hear more of what they want and less of what they don’t.

Simply click the shiny new MyControl button located in the top right hand side of the player, adjust the sliders, and click apply.

As you will quickly see, these customizable controls are channel specific. While Classic Vinyl allows you to optimize for depth, era, and region, Faction is setup to edit familiarity, type, and sound. Realizing that one size didn't fit all is a nice detail and a great catch by the designers -- kudos.

The long standing arguments of east cost vs west coast, old vs new, and punk vs. rock are essentially over. No more nasty emails, long running debates on forums, or angry phone calls to you favorite station. You want more punk? Drag the slider towards more punk, sit back and enjoy all the instant gratification of that sweet sweet noise. Me? I slid it towards less punk and haven't heard one punkish song in over an hour -- Perfect!

Once in "MyControl" mode users will also notice the new ability to skip over as many as 5 songs per hour. This essentially means, after you've tweaked your personal options, you still only have to like 4 out of every 5 songs played per hour. Who needs Pandora?

Not only do we get 60 different possible combinations of customization per channel but, SiriusXM is getting a whole lot of data from its users. It's easy to conceive that the company could easily aggregate this data and fine tune existing channels or even create new channels based on popular demand.

While MyControl does allow you to create a more custom experience it does not seem to offer the very specific options of banning and favoriting songs and artists, which have become a fan favorite for users of apps like Slacker. I’m not complaining, just reporting.

The one thing I think the interface is lacking is a direct way to vote against artists or their songs. I don't necessarily need to fine tune every single last detail of my music, personally, when I use other customization services with new music discovery, I set it on the highest allowable setting but, I would like a direct say in what I consider crappy new music. If you're going to collect the data, let us tell you what we don't like and dial it down a bit.

Maybe the easiest way to accomplish this without any changes to the interface is to monitor which songs are most frequently skipped?

It should be noted that currently the new feature is limited to just 40 music channels so, if it isn't working for you, simply try out a new channel. We have also been told that "MyControl" is a working title but, the feature will likely be called "MySXM" once it officially goes live.

The big question now is, when can we expect to see this new functionality on the mobile iOS apps? No one really knows but, what I can tell you is, the last time SiriusXM rolled out a desktop beta for the new OnDemand feature, the iOS app was released just a few short weeks later. I recommend endlessly staring at your little blue App Store icon until that day comes.

So, log into the beta, check it out, report back and let us know what you think. Is this in fact a homerun or just a ground rule double?

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