You can find several different apps like Pandora and Slacker Radio that turn a smartphone into an Internet radio. Another option in this category of apps is the Sirius XM App, which streams Sirius XM satellite radio via the Internet to smartphones. Versions of the app exist for iPhones, Blackberries, and Android phones. The apps play 120 channels of Sirius’s programming that are commercial free. Channels range from themed music such as the ’70s and ’80s to ESPN and NFL Radio.
If you are already a Sirius XM subscriber, you can use the smartphone app for an additional $2.99 per month. Non-subscribers can sign up for the Sirius XM Internet Radio for $12.95 per month, which you can listen to on a personal computer and smartphone. While Sirius’ monthly prices are higher than other Internet radio services, it does provide programming you cannot get anywhere else, such as Howard Stern and Rosie O’Donnel. While Sirius XM’s Internet services does include sports programming, it does not include broadcasts of live sporting events.
The Sirius XM app is free, available in the various smartphone app stores, and includes a free seven day trial. I’ve been trying out the Android version on my Nexus S and I find that the streaming works very well on T-Mobile’s 3G network as well as on WiFi. Bear in mind that as is the case with using any streaming media services, you can quickly burn through a high amount of data transfer that will go against data caps of some mobile providers. While I am enjoying the free trial, I don’t think I’ll be paying for the Internet service because it does not include sports play-by-play broadcasts. If it did, I would strongly consider signing up in place of other services that I subscribe to.