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Listen To XM Radio with Windows Media Center in Windows 7

You don’t need to have a special device to listen to XM Radio, the service is also available online. Today we take a look at setting it up in Windows 7 with Windows Media Center.

Note: At the time of this writing we were able to get XM free for seven days

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To setup XM Radio in Windows Media Center (WMC), from the main menu go to Extras then Extras Gallery.


Next click on XM Radio.


Now click on the free trial button which will open up your default browser so you can sign up for the service. You will need to enter in a user name and email address to sign up, then reply to the confirmation email they send you. There is absolutely no credit card required for the trial which is cool in case you don’t like it.


After you’ve successfully registered with XM, you can come back to WMC and sign in.


Mark Don’t ask me this again then click Send when the security warning appears.


Now you can start listening to your favorite XM radio programming online.


Browsing through different channels and songs seems easier with the keyboard versus the mouse in this case.


XM offers sports, talk, wide variety of music, and programming you can’t get elsewhere.


If you enjoy listening to XM Radio programming, this is just another good way to add it to your multimedia setup. If you want to try out XM Radio Online, this is a good opportunity to get a free trial as well. Going through WMC we did get a 7 day trial, but if you look around you can get longer free trial periods. You might want to sign up directly on their site for your free trial first… then go into WMC and set it up. It looks like XM is only available in the US and Canada, but we would love to hear from our friends in other countries to let us know.

Sign up for XM Radio Online

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/29/10

Comments (5)

  1. Bill

    I love your article. Sometimes, though, you may not want that big an interface just to play XM. There are a few other ways to do so. My favorite is this Windows Gadget:

    As you can see it’s a much smaller UI, so you’re able to keep it on screen to show artist/album info while doing your normal activities at the same time. I’m not the author, just a very happy user.

  2. Anon A. Mus

    Using Windows Media would be great and add a little value to my current subscription to a steadily declining product. Unfortunately, while I am an “XM Everything” subscriber, it looks like any Internet listening is an additional $3 per month fee. The longer I use XM/Sirius, the worse it gets in terms of cost and programming. Great article otherwise!

  3. Arthur

    Several months ago I had Windows 7 installed because I felt Vista had a lot of bugs in it. But by doing so on my laptop, I noticed that I lost the built in web cam feature. Also for the past week I’ve been getting radio signals through my built in speakers. Don’t know where it’s coming from and don’t know how to turn it off, also Windoews Media Center, has changed.

  4. Ryan

    I’ve noticed that in both my windows vista ultimate box and the windows 7 box that XM does not have an interface similar to what you show at all.

    Rather, it is the exact same crappy flash player that you get when browsing through the regular site.

    Any idea as to see how you have that link to what looks to be a different flash player?

  5. Joe

    I am having the same problem Ryan.

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