Monday, December 22, 2008

A Sirius Walkman

With vacation here, it's time to play catch up on some of the stuff I've been wanting to play with for a while. And this was first on my list.
I've had Sirius, now SiriusXM Satellite Radio for the past couple of years and I love it. From Howard Stern in the morning to Bubba the Love Sponge in the afternoon and non-stop music in between, it really is worth the subscription costs in my opinion. I hate regular radio. But the one drawback to having SiriusXM is that your stuck with using either the radio in the car or your computer so there is not a lot of portability. Well, there is if you purchase the really expensive radio. But I've been using a third option for a while, the Pocket PC running Windows Mobile that I use to keep synced with Lotus Notes back at the office.
Like I mentioned before, one of the options that comes with your SiriusXM account is the ability to stream most of their stations over your internet connection to your computer. But I found a tool called StarPlayr for Windows Mobile on the website Geeks Toolbox, (registration required for the site to download), that allows you to use your Windows Mobile devices as a portable media player. As long as I have WiFi, I can listen to my favorites. A recent update to the application now give you album cover art as well as the lyrics to the current song. One of the prerequisites of installing the application requires installing .NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistributable and that didn't go smoothly. Active sync wasn't working with the Pocket PC correctly so it didn't see the install for the device. I ended up installing the .NET application on my computer, browsing to C:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\CompactFramework\v3.5\WindowsCE and copying the .cab files to an SD card and inserting that into the Pocket PC. Not knowing which file would work for what device, I basically selected the .cab's one at a time until I found one that would install.
So if you have SiriusXM and a Windows Mobile device, give it a shot!

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