A lot of of chatter was generated when the team behind StarPlayr announced it was dumping its project to bring Sirius XM content to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Naturally, is was presumed that one of the main reasons for Apple’s decision — though logic is seemingly not always a consideration when Apple rejects apps — was a Sirius XM streaming app already in the works from the Satellite Radio provider itself. Sure enough this morning’s earnings call was the forum the struggling company chose to announce a forthcoming app. Forgetting the company posted a Q4 loss of $245.8 million, Sirius XM’s radio streaming app for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be released sometime in Q2 and judging by recent changes in the company’s subscription options, expect it to cost money one way or another.
Slacker created a bit of buzz for their radio application for BlackBerry during CTIA but since then, the relatively popular internet radio provider has been extremely quiet. Now that CES is here however, the company has gone ahead and officially announced the launch of Slacker Radio for BlackBerry. With 100 stations categorized by genre and over 10,000 artist stations, Slacker also allows users to create their own stations which other users can listen to. Album reviews, artist bios and cover art are also tightly integrated into the program. Streaming radio for mobile devices is quickly becoming a crowded field but the major benefit of Slacker is that it allows users to store their favorite stations on a memory card which Slacker claims increases battery performance up to five times (when played back) in comparison to a constant-stream of music. For now BlackBerry users who want to try out Slacker must live in the US (it seems you can bypass this by entering any valid US zip code though) and have a device running OS 4.3 and up. The Storm is currently not supported but will be sometime in the near future when an update is released.
Alltel is gearing up for the holidays with yet another special offer that’s definitely worth checking out if you fall within the Alltel coverage area. The US carrier currently in the process of being swallowed by Verizon has just announced a nice little holiday promotion for everyone who purchases a new handset. From now through December 25th, every new handset purchased comes with a free one-month trial of two great Alltel apps: Alltel Navigation, which gives users turn-by-turn navigation and XM Radio Mobile, providing unlimited on-device access to 25 XM radio stations. Head on over to the Alltel site for full details and also, there’s one day left of Alltel’s free activation with any 2-year contract offer. Get on it!
S60 users: If you happen to see developer Michael Coffey walking down the street, stop him and buy him a drink. For years now, Symbian smartphone users have wondered why they couldn’t feel the Last.fm love. Windows mobile has a streaming client, the iPhone had MobileScrobbler (and now an official Last.fm app) within a few months of its release… What about S60?! Well it’s about time you stop your crying and head over to Mobbler’s Google Code page because this last update was a doozy. That’s right people, Last.fm station streaming is now supported! Artist, tag, recommended and even the loved station for subscribers can be streamed right to your handset. No, it’s not the most beautiful UI in the world but it gets the job done and it does it well. There is still some functionality to be added such as the ability to love / ban as you listen but this is going to do more than enough to tide over the angry mob of Last.fm users who have been waiting to listen on the go with their S60 handsets. Good show Coffey, good show.