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  • Is Mature Programming The Reason The Howard Stern Show is Not on the iPhone?

    According to the New York Post, The Howard Stern show was not available for the Sirius XM iPhone Application because of its "Mature Programming". The New York Post spoke to a customer service representative that spouted this reason yesterday by telephone. Rad Sat Daily believes this makes totally no sense. Playboy Radio and Opie and Anthony's The Virus Channel made the cut even though they have similar "Mature Programming". Shade 45 is an example of another channel that often has "Mature Programming". There are countless other Sirius XM Radio channels that are similar that made the cut.

    The reality is that The Howard Stern Show is much more than just a series of vulgar talk, boob, and fart jokes. The show has great dialogue; great guests, and discusses intriguing life topics. Anyone that thinks any differently hasn't truly listened to the show on a regular basis. If Apple is the reason for The Howard Stern Show not being available for the highly anticipated Sirius XM Radio iPhone Application then shame on Apple. The Apple App Store has a history of rejecting applications that have "Mature Content". Former Stern Show protégé Jackie Martling recently launched a PG iPhone joke application called "The Jackie Button" application. Anyone that has listened to Jackie Martling on a regular basis knows that Jackie doesn't tell PG jokes. The Jackie Application likely has PG jokes on it because Apple wouldn't let the application through any other way. The Apple Application Store deprived Jackie fans of real Jackie jokes in the application.

    If "Mature Programming" is the reason for Sirius XM Radio's botched iPhone Application launch yesterday, the Apple App Store needs to loosen up on its application restrictions or find a solution for individuals that want to download applications with mature content. What should have been considered a great day for Sirius XM Radio was turned into a fiasco instead. Apple needs to seriously reevaluate its policy because The Howard Stern Show" from a "Mature Programming" perspective is not that much different than some of the other Sirius XM Radio programming that made the cut.

    The fact that Howard was singled out leaves us to believe maybe someone still has it in for Howard. Who knows?

    SIRI LONG, AAPL LONG

    Tags: SIRI, AAPL
    Jun 19 8:11 AM | Link | 10 Comments
  • Sirius XM Radio IPhone App to be Available via Apple App Store June 18th, 2009

    Reports are coming in that Sirius XM Radio's iPhone application is to be available on June 18th, 2009. Subscribers that have been contacting customer support about the impending Sirius XM iPhone application have been getting back the following email response:

    "Thank you for contacting SIRIUS regarding whether or not there is a SIRIUS iPhone application available. We are here to help! We appreciate the time you have taken to contact us in regards to this matter! We are hapipy to inform you that beginning June 18th a SIRIUS Internet Radio application will be available at the Apple iTunes App-Store for the iPhone and the iPod Touch! All Premium SIRIUS Internet Radio subscribers will be able to download the application from the Apple iTunes App-Store for free on their device and access the service at no additional cost! Subscribers who are listening to the Basic Online Service for free must first upgrade to the Premium Online Service for $2.99 per month to access the application on the iPhone or iPod Touch."


    This totally makes sense, the application will be available right in time for Father's Day.

    SIRI LONG, APPL LONG

    Tags: SIRI, AAPL
    Jun 17 7:10 AM | Link | Comment!
  • FCC Extends Sirius XM Deadline to Lease Channels Yet Again

    As part of merger conditions of the Sirius XM Radio merger, Sirius XM Radio voluntarily committed to leasing 4% of its bandwidth to qualified entities. The FCC has yet again extended its deadline to June 29th, 2009 to decide on the details of the lease back program. The FCC expects to implement guidelines for the lease back program in the very near future and thus the need for the extension. The original FCC deadline was November 28th, 2008 and the FCC has twice previously extended its deadline to February 27, 2009 and May 29, 2009. The FCC plans to give additional details on when Sirius XM Radio needs to implement the lease back program in its soon to be delivered implementation order.

    Read the FCC's explanation for changing the deadline below:
    DA-09-1212A1.doc

    SIRI LONG

    Tags: SIRI
    Jun 02 5:06 AM | Link | Comment!
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