StarPlayrXM
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StarPlayrXM (formerly StarLightXM) works with XM' latest channel updates. The only Free XM Satellite Radio Player for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.

Includes:
  • One Click Recording
  • Does not support all available channels (XMRO not longer maintained by SiriusXM)
  • Integrated Channel Guide
  • Unlimited favorites known as Stars.
  • Graphical Stars Editor
  • Main view and be shrunk down to a Mini view.
  • Main window can be closed to run in background.
What's New
Version 3.1.0:
  • Limited Edition. Supports Legacy WMA Streams for XMRO users.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • XMRO Radio Online account



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StarPlayrXM User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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bowlington reviewed on 05 Jun 2008
Probably the best Sirius client available for Mac (and better than anything on PC).

Stable, fast, loaded with features and the price is right. If you have a Sirius radio and haven't been using your included Sirius Internet Radio account, you now have no reason not to use it.

One minor gripe that others have echoed is the frequency of updates. An automated system should be in place. But then again, it is better than not getting ANY updates from a product.
[Version 2.0.18.2]

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goodtime replied on 05 Jun 2008
I appreciate the review. There were a slew of things that were be being fixed for several of our trusted sponsors.

Today we had a spindump issue with a MacBook Pro sponsor and we did offer that person a special build to test and get back to us.

Currently we are working on a Tiger counterpart to StarPlayr2 and it will take several weeks. After that is StarPlayr2 2.1 which may take months.

The developer of this software is addicted to developing StarPlayr (possible OCD tendencies). We have heard rumors of users becoming addicted to StarPlayr as well.

I am going to break down and put the auto update feature in there. It seems to have been requested enough. It will be a super simple auto-updater. Nothing complex. On launch it will notify the user that an update is ready for download. They click yes and it will download the update and with the disk image popped open. I am not sure if I am going to have it install it, but it is simple enough to drag the app to the Applications folder. And the user will no longer have to keep hunting for updates.

Updates will thin out as StarPlayr2 becomes more and more stable. Our focus now is on Tiger and the next set of cool features. There are many things that did not make it into the program yet, so if we are the best, 6 months to a year, the bar will be set even higher.

Goodtime

Note to editor: There is something wrong with the SiriusMac votes in the SP2 area and with the StarPlayr2 votes in the SiriusMac area. Somehow the votes are linked. One of our users told us about this issue. SiriusMac used to be linked with NiceMac, but it is no longer apart of our company. StarPlayr2 and SiriusMac are separate products and the voting on MacUpdate should be separate as well.
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alloutmacstoday replied on 05 Jun 2008
With the new Sparkle (1.5), it does not notify the user about anything updates on first run. Gets a better first impression :)
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 05 Jun 2008
goodtime stated: "Somehow the votes are linked. One of our users told us about this issue. SiriusMac used to be linked with NiceMac, but it is no longer apart of our company. StarPlayr2 and SiriusMac are separate products and the voting on MacUpdate should be separate as well."

They aren't linked. MacUpdate users make suggestions and MacUpdate users vote on those suggestions. We only provide the opportunity for our users to suggest other softwares and vote as they wish. We have no other control over the matter.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2008
Not to make a big stink about this, but if they are not linked then how come when a user votes for SiriusMac, it adds the same vote for StarPlayr. And if a user votes for StarPlayr, it adds the same vote to SiriusMac.

Try it and you'll see what I am talking about.

I seriously doubt both programs have the exact same votes as well.

Try voting for one of them, but before you do check the votes on both. Then vote for one. Then you'll see the other one gets updated with the same # incremented by one. That is messed up.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 05 Jun 2008
Just checked and they're not linked. Thanks for your concern.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 05 Jun 2008
Can you explain then why SiriusMac and StarPlayr2 always show the same # of votes? Try loading both and refreshing the page.

Maybe in your database its not linked, but there is a bug somewhere in the display showing the same # of votes.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 06 Jun 2008
Contact macupdate at macupdate dot com

That is the proper way to further deal with this, thanks.
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nicolasd commented on 02 Jun 2008
Easy there, Turbo.

my critique IS a feature request. there are a lot of beautifully designed FREE applications with developers who are dedicated to great user experience using the FREE Sparkle software updating framework for cocoa apps.

http://sparkle.andymatuschak.org/

Adium
Transmission
Cyberduck
etc.

you mean to say these developers are less dedicated or passionate about making great software?

and if i want to complain about too-frequent updates, i will, as often as i want to. i've offered a great solution. just because microsoft and adobe's auto updaters suck doesn't mean StarPlayer's needs to.
[Version 2.0.18.1]

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goodtime (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2008
With the recent CPU usage bug in 2.0.18.1 that came to light a day after the release, I am glad it was not pushed to 1000 machines through an auto-updater.
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mileslong reviewed on 31 May 2008
Man, some people are never happy. People either complain that there aren't any updates and a product seems to be dead, or that it is updated too often.

Here is a news bulletin: If don't like to update a lot THEN DON'T. Use the same version for a month then update it and see if there is another new version.

When a FREE program like this is updated a lot to me it means that the developer really cares about their product. It mean they are passionate about it which usually means it becomes a great program in the end.

This is a very cool program, for free, with a developer who really wants to put out a great program, be happy about that. Critique it by giving feature requests and report bugs but don't slam the guy for trying to consistently making it the best it can be. 5 stars from me!

Just think if the clown who makes Acquisition and Xtorrent cared this much. That guy Watanabe is very talented and makes beautiful apps but has the worst attitude on the planet.

Just think if he had this developers passion and drive, how good would those two programs be now? Instead, they are all but dead and they are pay programs...
[Version 2.0.18]

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goodtime (developer) replied on 31 May 2008
You hit the nail on the head. We are slowly figuring out it is impossible to keep everyone happy. But the passion is what drives us even though we might be a little insane on the frequency of the updates.

Recently we worked on an issue for one user an it took us about 7 tries to get it fixed. The user could only get 2.0.0 alpha 1. The farthest coul phyosicyly d go back was alpha4. So we took that and compared it to 2.0.11. Long story short we did get it fixed with this version.

You may be wondering why we rearranged the software code for one person? Our thinking is if one person is having a problem there is most likely at least 10 others that ran into it and are experiencing the same issue.

We did get the problem fixed in 2.0.18. It turned out this guy that had a problem with it was a pretty big comedy writer for 20 years of many popular comedy shows. It made us feel pretty good that someone in hollywood was using our software and was kind enough to let us know what was working and what wasn't. It took us about a dozen emails back and forth to get it resolved. The whole time he was very professional and we did not know who we was at the time.

Thanks for the great feedback. I saw your other 5 star rating got lost when MacUpdate merged SP1 and SP2.

Yes we are very passionate about what we do even though this is just part time gig. In reality it is a second job that pays less than minimum wage but we enjoy every minute of it.

StarPlayr has been one of the toughest yet most rewarding projects. And we're not really programmers either. We are people who have an idea on how to do something then we just figure out how to execute it. None of us have any formal training or background in computer programming. We do have lots of experience and trial and error. That might count for something, but the passion is what fuels us. It can often be mistaking for other traits but without passion man this would really be a boring gig.

Cheers,

gt :)
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nicolasd commented on 19 May 2008
with all these updates, could the developer either update once a week or better yet, implement the sparkle framework for automatic updates (like Adium for example). thanks.
[Version 2.0.9]

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goodtime replied on 20 May 2008
StarPlayr2 will never have an auto-updater. Adobe's and Microsoft's auto updaters put a really bad taste in my mouth.

Most shareware that auto updates get in my way and I do not wish to impose point point updates on a user.

You can update the software on your own schedule when you want to. We no longer update info on Macupdate or Versiontracker. They are updating it themeselves by scanning our RSS feed or reading NiceMac.com. Many of these updates are daily builds and are only posted officially on NiceMac.com for our users who wish to test the latest and greatest build.

If it is that big of a deal contact MacUpdate and ask them to only update the page once a week.

The next update will not be released until July 31st.

Goodtime
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 20 May 2008
MacUpdate policy is to post the new update for whatever software as soon as it becomes available. It has always been that way.
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goodtime replied on 20 May 2008
Thank you for the reply. That's good to know. We will continue producing updates to the public when deemed appropriate.

We are infact slowing down, the last 9 point point updates were accelerated due to the Apple Design Awards. Even after the deadline was up at 2.0.4, we had some momentum left over and we felt responsible to provide fixes to our users as they became available.

We are working on a Tiger version and a list of a few new features for Leopard. We do not expect to have another release for a two months.
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Section8 commented on 10 May 2008
This program is amazing! thank you!
[Version 2.0]


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jimbok08 reviewed on 05 May 2008
takes a while to get use to the features but great player and amazing quality 5/5.
[Version 2.0a4.3]


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raymo reviewed on 23 Feb 2008
Definitely better than the web player, but the interface is large, clunky, and can be confusing. It may have quite a few features, but how to use them isn't really apparent.

On the flip side, it's fairly simple to just log in to your Sirius account and start listening.
[Version 1.7.7]

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goodtime replied on 27 Feb 2008
Thank you for your comments. StarPlayr is a program that either you get it right away or you just won't.

There is a forum that answers user's questions called NiceMac.com. It's in the read me file that comes with the software and it is also listed in the help section.

The UI is shrinkable. You can also hide the UI when playing it in background by pressing the Red X button or minimizing the screen.

UI seems happy and snappy to me.

StarPlayr has tooltips for every possible option.

gt
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goodtime tipped on 22 Jan 2008
If you have trouble receiving a stream and its used to work, try logging into your sirius account using Starplayr. Desktop button -> Sirius Login button

If you are using StarPlayr for the first time, please try logging in using your Sirius SIR or Satellite radio account. So far about 1% of our users claim that they cannot login. If you fall into this category, you can try requesting a 3-day pass to see if that works. If you still cannot login, but the web player works, call Sirius.
[Version 1.0b17.4]

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goodtime commented on 22 Jan 2008
3-day passes are available from Sirius; not from StarPlayr or nicemac.

Free tech support is available at nicemac.com
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goodtime tipped on 06 Jan 2008
I created some starter scripts to let users control StarPlayr via iCal.

StarCasting details are at:

http://nicemac.com/index.php?topic=1094.0
[Version 1.0b12]


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darukaru reviewed on 29 Dec 2007
To call the interface clunky would be an understatement (although it's still better than SiriusMac), but the functionality is all there. Smarter trackers and the ability to actually play the SIR-only stations seal the deal.
[Version 1.0b10]

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goodtime (developer) replied on 29 Dec 2007
Clunky? What machine are you running it on? I can run this on a PowerBook Pismo G3 and it runs fine.. No clunkiness here on any of the Machines that I tested including underground hacks, intel Macs and G3, G4 and G5.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 29 Dec 2007
There is more than meets the eye in StarPlayr.

Popup menus for Genres and Channels.
1) Hot Fkeys for Presets.
2) 10 ten presets can be programmed in under a minute using the Program toggle button.
3) Keyboard shortcuts via arrow keys or numeric keypad. See undocumented keyboard shortcuts and also screenshots at nicemac.com
4) Better error correction on recordings and live StarMP3 progress.
5) Many users like the UI based on feedback on the forums.
6) And it is still in beta.
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kingadrock replied on 10 Jan 2008
I think by "clunky" he means it's ugly, needlessly confusing, and non-traditional in appearance. It runs just fine but the interface really could use a makeover.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 10 Jan 2008
Trust me, There will not be a makeover. This is my design and I am sticking to it.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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kingadrock replied on 10 Jan 2008
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, but functionality applies to everyone. There are Apple User Interface Guidelines for a reason. As the developer, it's your right to ignore the tried and true methods recommended by Apple and incorporate your own non-traditional approach. To each his own, but I think you'd really benefit from a better GUI.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 10 Jan 2008
I see. Apple changes it's guidelines and UI.. iPhone and Leopard are prime examples.

There will be an option to re-skin StarPlayr down the road and I may have a more traditional version as well.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 10 Jan 2008
Thank you for the feedback. I'll give the UI some more thought. It is a work in progress. I think it is still let than 1 month old.

Sincerely,

Goodtime
Soul Developer of StarPlayr
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mileslong had trouble on 16 Dec 2007
can't login with my sirius account. i can login to my sirius player for mac but not this application, so like, whats the point?
[Version 1.0b7]

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goodtime (developer) replied on 16 Dec 2007
I will be more than happy to helo you with your login problems on the Nicemac.com BBS.

StarPlayr has been tested to work with USA and Canada accounts. It uses the same URL at Sirius' webplayer to login.

If you can login via the web player, you should not have a problem logging in via StarPlayr. If you are using some other player that caches your Login, then it could be that your login expired.

Thank you,

Goodtime
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mileslong replied on 17 Dec 2007
i have had a sirius account for a long time. i have a sirius player at my office that i own and one at my home. i recently downloaded the sirius for mac player on my mac and use it often. i liked the interface of this new app but i can't login. i have tried repeatedly but to no avail. the help function is of no use here. perhaps i am doing something wrong but it shouldn't be difficult for someone like myself with an MBA and business owner to login to an application.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 17 Dec 2007
Free Customer Support is available at http://NiceMac.com.

I am more than happy to help you with your login problem there.

Sincerely,

Goodtime
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goodtime (developer) replied on 17 Dec 2007
Did you happen to Click on the Login tab at the lower right? You can type in your Login and Password there. Select the appropriate "web" player to log into Sirius.com or SiriusCanada.ca.

Then Press Login.

It will say in the Status window if it is successful or not. If you still cannot get it, please register at NiceMac.com and post your system specs, version # of software, etc. there and ask for help. Many people are using StarPlayr without problems, so I expect this is something simple.

Are you using this at work or at home?

Sincerely,

Goodtime
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goodtime (developer) replied on 17 Dec 2007
On the bottom right of the UI where it says Shortcuts. There is the Login tab. Click on that to go to the login screen.

Another way to get this, but not nearly as obvious: Click on the STARPLAYR BAR Graphic at the top. It will bring to you an iPhone like UI.. Then click on the first icon that pictures a Tree. This will bring to to the login screen.

The UI is still being worked on.. I will add a login Menu.

I think you just have not found the login screen yet.. am I correct?
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goodtime commented on 17 Dec 2007
http://nicemac.com/index.php?topic=996.msg4885#msg4885
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mileslong commented on 08 Jan 2008
there is no tree or special login area in the bottom right hand corner. there is an option for "star desktop" i go to it and there are three options "sirius login" "star player" and "preferences"

i go to the login area and type in my login info which works on sirius player but it keeps telling me that the login info is incorrect and it is not incorrect. it always starts up like its going to login to some station but the throbber just keeps spinning and never does anything. very frustrating to say the least.
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goodtime (developer) replied on 09 Jan 2008
Sorry that you are frustrated. The Star Desktop is NEW and came out weeks after I commented.

I suggest that you try the following:
1. Request a 3-day pass from Sirius and test a trial account.

2. Make sure that you are using the correct web player settings.

Sirius.com is for USA accounts
SiriusCanada.ca is for CANADA accounts

3. If you are still having problems, call Sirius and make sure there is nothing wrong with account, login or password.

4. StarPlayr uses the Sirius Web player. It does not do the validation. Sirius handles the validation. StarPlayr only can do what the Sirius Web player allows.

5. If you do all this and you are still having problems, free support is available at NiceMac.com. I would glad to help you there. Where I will be able to instruct you to upload some log files and help troubleshoot this problem.

Sincerely,

Goodtime
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mileslong commented on 09 Jan 2008
ok, i signed up a seperate account and got it to login, our other account must have been changed somehow as far as login info. i tried to hit the red "record" button but get the script error "The variable test is not defined. (-2753)"

any fix for this? i appreciate the customer service...
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goodtime (developer) replied on 09 Jan 2008
The recording is apparently mis-firing with many people on beta14. This issue is being worked on.

In the meantime, you can revert to b12 using this download link:

http://starplayr.com/starplayr_1b12.zip

Recording should work fine in beta 12, many have reverted back to it until a fix is released.

b15 will be out by MacWorld (1.15.2008) and it will address the recording issue from b14.

I am happy that you finally got it to login and play sound and sorry about the recording issue. My two test machines were not able to reproduce it, but I will three other Macs that I can test it on and see if I get this issue taken care of as quickly as possible,

Enjoy using StarPlayr and look for more updates for the rest of 2008.

Sincerely,

Goodtime
Soul Developer of StarPlayr
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goodtime commented on 09 Jan 2008
[b][color=white]b15 fixed b14's recording downfalls. Codename: Max Brett Favre Download: http://starplayr.com/starplayr_b15.zip[/b]
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StarPlayrXM (formerly StarLightXM) works with XM' latest channel updates. The only Free XM Satellite Radio Player for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard.

Includes:
  • One Click Recording
  • Does not support all available channels (XMRO not longer maintained by SiriusXM)
  • Integrated Channel Guide
  • Unlimited favorites known as Stars.
  • Graphical Stars Editor
  • Main view and be shrunk down to a Mini view.
  • Main window can be closed to run in background.


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