I’ve reached a point where the only time I turn on a radio is when I’m in my car with someone else. We have SiriusXM in my husband’s car, so local stations get very little air time, with the exception of WJR. I like the morning guys, and of course, The Internet Advisor on Saturdays (with our own Back-It-Up Guru, Cal Carson). I listen to SiriusXM on my iPad & iPod touch, but until recently, not so much on my iMac. Too much hassle using a web browser, and the free listening apps were just so so. When I was checking out Rogue Amoeba’s Piezo (see last week), I noticed that they had another gem I hadn’t seen before. Pulsar is their dedicated SiriusXM player. Now, I’m normally too cheap to pay $20 for something that I can do for free in Safari or for free on my iPad, but the wonderful gang at Rogue Amoeba will give you a free license if you have one of their other major software titles. I have Audio HiJack Pro and Fission. Free license = good.
Like the SiriusXM iApp, you can see the entire list of available channels and what’s currently playing, you can also set your favorites list, and like iTunes, you can shrink it down to a tiny window. Oh, and if you have Audio HiJack Pro, you can tell Pulsar to record to AHP and it will launch it for you. Nice. If you subscribe to SiriusXM and have a Rogue Amoeba license, check it out. I’m at a point where I leave it running in the background, even if I’m not currently listening to anything. Easier than turning on a radio.