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Owners of Blackberries, iPhones, and iPods have been enjoying Sirius XM through their handheld devices since last year, and now, the popular music/talk/news radio service is expanding its reach with a new app for Android.
The app is free, and if you're already a Sirius XM subscriber, there's no additional service charge for listening on your handheld. If don't have a subscription, not to worry: Sirius XM is offering a free, seven-day trial for anyone who downloads the app.
The Android app works on both wi-fi and cellular networks, so if you're not near a hotspot, you can still enjoy your favorite tunes and talk. That should be especially good news for drivers and others on the go, most of whom probably don't have in-car internet just yet. Unfortunately, the app does have a few shortcoming -- most importantly, like the Sirius apps for Apple and Blackberry sets, the Android app provides access to a restricted lineup of channels. (Sorry, Howard Stern fans.) For a full list of offerings, click here, then tap "Channel Lineup" at the bottom of the page.
It'll be interesting to see if this move helps drive Sirius subscriptions, which have been on a roll despite increased competition from other apps and online services like Pandora. There's a possibility it could boost Android sales, too, which have also been booming. Who knows? With a little luck, Steve Jobs might start to feel the heat and loosen his iron-fisted grip on the App Store -- and that could be the best news of all.