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Sirius Radio, Welcome to the iPhone

How badly do you want to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) programming on your Apple (AAPL) iPhone?

With a little determination, you can. On Thursday morning, I logged onto my Sirius account with my iPhone and I was able to hear Sirius broadcasts in all of their commercial-free glory. Admittedly, I had to do a few questionable things in order to achieve this, taking steps that Apple would probably rather I didn't take.

There's also the fact that the uSirius application I loaded on to my iPhone wasn't created by Sirius but was instead made by rogue developers. However, this application shows that Sirius broadcasts can stream to an iPhone, a positive development for both it, its merger partner XM Satellite Radio (XMSR), and satellite radio in general.

Hackers Get Sirius With the iPhone

Listening to Sirius is as simple as clicking on the uSirius button on my iPhone screen, entering in my user name and password, and watching every Sirius channel load on my screen. Even over the EDGE data network, which is notorious for its slow speed compared with 3G networks, the stream was clear and rarely needed to pause to buffer. Over a WiFi connection, the service loads much faster on both an iPhone and an iPod Touch.

If you're thinking about doing this, keep a few things in mind before try out this application on your own iPhone. First, you need a so-called "jailbroken" iPhone.

Currently, Apple does not allow third-party developers to create programs for the iPhone, although that is set to change when the company releases the latest software for the phone leading up to the July 11 launch of the new 3G iPhone.

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