Does Streaming Sirius to an iPhone Cost Money?
By Ashley Poland
If you're looking into a streaming radio service for your iPhone, Sirius offers one called SiriusXM Internet Radio. This is a paid service, and it is separate from the satellite radio offered for cars. You can access the online radio service via the SiriusXM Internet Radio app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
To test the Internet Radio service, you can sign up for a seven-day free trial. Otherwise, to access it you will need either a satellite package that includes Internet Radio or an Internet Radio subscription. You can add Internet Radio to the Select or Premier plans for a small fee, or you can pay a monthly fee for just Internet Radio. If you have a SiriusXM All Access subscription, Internet Radio access is included.
The SiriusXM Internet Radio app is free to download from the App Store on your iPhone. It's designed by Sirius, so you can check the developer to ensure that you're downloading the right application. Because of the uncensored nature of the Sirius service, you must be 17 years old to download the application.
Siriuis' Internet radio service offers more than 150 channels; it also offers the option to pause live radio and On Demand services. It works on your Internet connection, either wirelessly at home or your cellular connection on the road. It does not access the Sirius satellites.
The SiriusXM Internet Radio can be listened to on multiple devices, including in your browser or Internet-enabled radios. The Internet Radio service also offers exclusive content not available to other Sirius accounts, such as SiriusXM for the car.
Pricing as of 2012
At the time of publication, Sirius charges an extra $3.50 a month when you add Internet radio to your existing satellite radio subscription. If you want to get a standalone Internet radio subscription through Sirius, it costs $14.49 a month. This price is subject to change, and does not include taxes and fees.
Ashley Poland has been writing since 2009. She has worked with local online businesses, supplying print and web content, and pursues an active interest in the computer, technology and gaming industries. In addition to content writing, Poland is also a fiction writer. She studied creative writing at Kansas State University.