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Since Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows Media Player for Mac, they recommend installing the (free) Flip4Mac WMV QuickTime Components to allow QuickTime to play WMV files and embedded movies.

One side effect of installing the Flip4Mac components is that streaming of Sirius Satellite Radio no longer works. Until it's fixed, you can use VLC to do it.

Here is what I did:
  1. Go to Sirius and click on the "listen" link at the top of the page.
  2. Log in, then navigate to the station to which you want to listen.
  3. When the QuickTime controller comes up, click on the downward triangle at the right side and select 'Save as source...'.
  4. Now launch VLC and open the file you saved from the previous step; it seems you must do this via the File: Open menu item, and not via drag and drop.
That's it -- VLC should now start playing the stream.
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Stream Sirius satellite radio via VLC
Authored by: Steve28 on Jan 23, '06 08:29:45AM

One other thing... you may need to do the right-click->Open With... from finder to get VLC to open it.



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Authored by: Faux Plastic on Jan 23, '06 09:38:21AM

Just becuse MS no longer supports Windws Media Player for Mac doesn't mean it no longer works. I still listen to XM online this way.



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You missed the point
Authored by: Steve28 on Jan 23, '06 09:50:30AM

It's not that MS doesn't support WMP...it's that the Flip4Mac plugin (which replaces the WMP plugin) does not work with the Sirius site.



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Authored by: prodigy311 on Jan 31, '06 11:38:46PM

Any idea if this is still working, its the 31st and i am having trouble getting it to work. Wont even open in wmp like it used to. Maybe sirius changed it or is having trouble tonight.

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Stream Sirius satellite radio via VLC
Authored by: kerouassady on Jan 23, '06 03:06:22PM

Too bad I can't get XM to work the same. I can't get its online player to work with Flip4Mac either.



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Authored by: xkalibur on Jan 23, '06 07:06:46PM

Also note that you can go into System Preferences and direct Flip4Mac to *not* take over the browser plugin from Windows Media Player. Like another poster said, just because it's no longer developed doesn't make the current version invalid.



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Authored by: kerouassady on Jan 23, '06 07:41:10PM

Too bad you can't customize this by site. So you can let Flip4Mac handle the sites that it can handle and let WMP handle the ones it can't.



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Authored by: Steve28 on Jan 23, '06 08:03:08PM

yeah - in general - I would rather have QuickTime handling things with the flip4mac plugin and use WMP for the few sites that still don't work with the flip4mac stuff

Also, why does everyone think I'm saying the WMP is somehow broken or invalid? All I am saying is that MS directs people to use flip4mac for current and future mac support of WindowsMedia, and flip4mac does not work for all of the sites the WMP did. So IF YOU MADE THE SWITCH then you can use this workaround -- at least for the sirius site.



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Authored by: Jwink3101 on Jan 24, '06 06:19:50AM

I think this is great. My dad just got Sirius and i can now listen to it with my computer. When i get an Airport Express, i plan on using Airfoil to play the Sirius through the sound-system sans a sirius receiver.



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Authored by: javaxman on Jan 28, '06 05:53:56PM

I don't get past the "Save as Source..." step. Nothing, literally nothing, happens when I click Save as source...

Do you need to have the full, purchased version of Quicktime Pro installed to do this ?

Let me know... I'd love to be able to do this, it's a real drag that it's broken.



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Authored by: starplayr on Dec 19, '07 06:55:40AM
Hey guys, still looking for Sirius Radio on your Mac? Give StarPlayr a try.

http://starplayr.com/
A New Breed of Sirius Radio for your Mac™

Sirius Radio on your Mac! Powered by Mplayer, LAME & Flip4Mac WMV, only for Mac OS X.

This version includes mplayer build in playback, recording, and introduction some new iTunes Playlist features with StarMP3.

StarMP3, as recordings are finished (the user presses record a 2nd time in the UI), it is added to an iTunes playlist and also exported to MP3 format. Users can take their recordings with them on the Road via the iPod/iPhone or any other PMP device that supports MP3s.

StarMP3s are created in the background using LAME after the recording is finished when the user presses the record button a 2nd time to conclude the recording.

SimoCasting: the user can record one station and listen to another at the same time. 32/sec. recordings are recommended for SimoCasting. You can also play and record at separate bit rates. For instance if you recording a talk radio show, you can record it at 32k/sec.

If you are playing or recording a quality music station, you can set that to 128k/sec. 32/128k setting can be changed on the fly prior to playing or recording. 128k/sec requires a Premium Sirius SIR Acct. from www.Sirius.com.

Requirements:

· Sirius Satellite subscription or Sirius Radio account



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