Another Option for Music Streaming in Canada

Wireless providers bundling streaming music music services with their handsets and contracts is nothing new in other parts of the world.  But in Canada, we’ve been behind the curve in this whole arena.  But we are catching up.

Public Mobile has announced what they called “Canada’s first truly unlimited mobile music experience.” Siren Music–that’s their name for it–will launch Thursday.  They promise “millions of songs for one flat-rate price.”

It sounds very similar to what subscribers can get from Slacker, Rdio, Deezer and a few others in this country.  The difference is that Siren Music is tied to Public Mobile’s Android phones and that your monthy charge appears on your mobile bill.

And there’s one more difference.  From the press release:


The music is stored on your memory card which means it’s available for you to play anytime and anywhere – whether you are at home, on the subway, an airplane or out of town. And because the songs are downloaded onto your SD card they are available for instant playback, with no
buffering, pausing or skipping.
SD card, huh?  I wonder what kind of copy protection is used?



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One thought on “Another Option for Music Streaming in Canada

  • Sounds pretty similar to Rdio, and their iPhone app. You can sync songs to your handset, and then play them anytime, anywhere, without the pain-in-the-rear of the data having to be streamed repeatedly (which is where most phone providers maximize their revenues on the data usage).

    Sync it while hooked to wifi, and you hardly use any data at all.


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