Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Whatcha listening to?

Anyone with a satellite radio knows how nice it is to listen to commercial-free radio in your car, or at home. But what if you want to listen at work or home, and you don't have an adapter?

Well, there is a new program for your computer which can let you listen online to either Sirius or XM, depending on which you have. And it is by far better than the online players they offer.

Stayplayr for Windows, by Geeks Toolbox is that program.

It is still an Alpha version (which means they are working out the bugs, and the interface isn't complete).

It is a great program, and I highly recommend it. All you need is a valid Sirius or XM account. Just enter the login information, and you are set.

Here is a screenshot. As you can see, you can have 20 presets stored. It also shows you the album art of the song you are listening to, as well as a link to iTunes store to purchase the song you want.

If you just use Sirius, and want a more 'stylish' look to your player, I recommend the Sirius Player for Yahoo Widgets. You must first have Yahoo Widgets installed to use this application.

As you can see, this has a cleaner look than Starplayr. It has more of a standard Sirius player than Starplayr does. This one also allows for up to 30 channels to be stored, as well as skin support (which means you can download other files which will slightly change the color and appearance of the playerto your taste.)

I hope Starplayr can work on thier interface soon, as I really prefer it over this one.

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