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Satellite Radio, is it worth it?

Hey guys, I am on the fence about getting satellite radio, I have done the free 2 day online trials for both XM and Sirius, IMO I think Sirius is better, they have Hockey, which I love, nascar, which I love even more, and just all around better content.

My only thing is, is it worth it? I mean, its 12.95 a month, if you pay by the year, you get one month free, if you pay by the 2 year, you get 3 months free, and if you give em 500 bucks, you never pay again, unless you are transfering your subscription to another radio, then there is a fee.

I do drive allot, I am usually in the truck for 90 minutes or more just drving back and forth to work everyday. We also take allot of trips up north to the cabin, which is a 5 hour drive each way. I also thought that if I get the one that works in the car and in one of those boom box docking stations, I would get even more use out of it.

I just don't know what to do, any opinions?

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ive had sirius for almost 6months and i love it i keep it in my work truck and can say i get my 12.99 bucks a month out of it
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i like my XM......wish it had more channels....get it for free so i can't complain........if i had to pay for it, i wouldn't have it.....there is only 1 channel i listen to......

IMO: get a MP3 compatable cd player....put together a MP3 cd.....i do in my truck and i have over 150 songs on 1 cd....
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I think mine is worth it most of the time, then i start to think why do i have it. but when you turn the old fm radio on and its commercials, commercials, commercials and no music i appreciate Sirius even more!
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i like my XM......wish it had more channels....get it for free so i can't complain........if i had to pay for it, i wouldn't have it.....there is only 1 channel i listen to......

IMO: get a MP3 compatable cd player....put together a MP3 cd.....i do in my truck and i have over 150 songs on 1 cd....
I have an MP3 stereo, my truck came with one and the one I have in there now is MP3 ready, and I do have MP3 cd's, but I don't have time to sit there for hours and think of songs and dowlaod them all the time.

Edit: How do you get your for free? My old man just got a new buick rainer (V8 sweet as hell all wheel drive) and he said that once he activates his XM, I can be on his account for only 6.95 a month instead of 12.95, but I really like sirius from what I am hearing right now.
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I think mine is worth it most of the time, then i start to think why do i have it. but when you turn the old fm radio on and its commercials, commercials, commercials and no music i appreciate Sirius even more!
All the f*ckin commercials are the reason I want it, I can't stand to seek thru EVERYTHING and get commercials......
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Had XM for a year and there's no going back for me. I love it to.

With the convergence of XM and Sirius that is inevitable, most of the content across platforms will merge giving each service the same programming, generally.

Win-win for us consumers. Now conventional radio needs to get it's act together to compete.
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How do you get your for free?
my dad got a XM SkyFi unit gave to him......he already had a XM unit that was activated so he gave it to me without doing anything to it.....i pluged it in and it came on......havent paid for it or anything.....had it for almost a year.....so unless the dude who gave it to dad paid for it in advance, i dont know what is up with it....but i like it.....

whenever this thing decides to not work anymore, i am going to probably get SIRIUS....
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So I guess the general consensus is that its worth it huh? I am glad to see that most of you agree with me that sirius is the way to go, because I just switched over to XM (internet free trial) and it just isn't doing it for me.....
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Ive got XM and can't complain,, always jammin on 101 The Joint and 66 RAW XL..
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Good to know, Well I guess I will bite the bullet and get it then..... :)
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I consider my sirius my own ipod lol. Really tho. nopn stop continuous music. Why wouldn't it be? It's def worth it.
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I had Sirius for about 6 months. I liked it but I found myself only listening to 2 or 3 channels. I would put on the station I liked and get all excited when my favorite songs came on....then I started thinking, wait a min...I already have all these songs on CD.

Plus my commute wasn't long so for me it wasn't worth it. I returned my Sirius adapter for an ipod adapter and canceled my monthly account.

The only thing I might miss is sometimes listening to Howard Stern, but keep in mind that the talk shows have commercials. Music doesn't.
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With the convergence of XM and Sirius that is inevitable, most of the content across platforms will merge giving each service the same programming, generally.

Win-win for us consumers. Now conventional radio needs to get it's act together to compete.
Hopefully the rates won't skyrocket, though.

I had XM with my 2005 Trailblazer free for a year. It was nice to have on long trips and such, but my T-blazer is just a weekend vehicle. Since I have a work car, I couldn't see paying $180 a year or whatever it is to renew the service. Especially since XM now has commercials. Why would I want to pay to listen to commercials? I also found myself flipping through the music stations alot, just like I do with FM, so again, why would I want to pay for that.
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See I don't have an ipod, I personally don't need music to be THAT portable, I am always in the car, or at least near a cd player, so I just use MP3 Cd's. My GF recommended HD radio instead because there is no fee, and you get more stations, with better quality, but there is still the commerical factor......
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If you think about it...after a while that 12.95 adds up and goes beyond what it would cost to own an ipod. but like you said...then you have to download all your songs and stuff....I already had my songs. About 4 years ago, I worked at a computer repair center for a year and one customer had about 3 gigs of the same kind of music I liked, so I "borrowed" his hard drive for the night and magically his songs ended up on my computer.

If you get your Sirius from Crutchfield, you can always return it for a refund or credit and you can cancel your Sirirus account anytime. Luckily there is no contract required.

I would give it a try, you can always change your mind if you don't like it.
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I have xm now.. i dont really like it. Im thinkin about switchin to Sirius soon
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I have both Sirius and an Ipod. I particularly like Howard Stern, Bubba The Love Sponge, and the Raw Dog uncensored comedy channel. The music channels are good too but I generally only listen to them when I get tired of the Ipod. With XM and Sirius getting ready to merge, there should be a much wider variety of channels. The sports part is good too. You can listen to any baseball or football around the country. I have both the Sirius and Ipod run directly into and controlled by my Alpine head unit but I did keep the old FM modulator unit I had before to use on my radio at work. I very rerely listen to regular radio, usually only on AM when the Reds are playing.
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isn't XM AND SIRIUS joining togather in the near future. i read an artical on it?
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isn't XM AND SIRIUS joining togather in the near future. i read an artical on it?
within the next year....
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within the next year....

So I guess than it won't matter wich radio you go with? But I'd still shoot for Siruis. IMO tho.
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Maybe I'm just cheap. I just can't justify $13 a month for something I get for free. As for being "commercial free." Just give it some time.
Cable TV used that same hook many years ago. They advertised 65 channels and no commercials. It only cost $10 a month. Sound familiar?
Regular network TV only had up to 10 or so channels at the time, depending on where you live and had about 10 minutes of commercials per hour.
Well after 40 years of brainwashing I now have something like 285 cable channels that cost me about $50 a month. It's loaded with commercials
and I still can't find anything worth watching on a Monday night. So I watch "pay per view" or one of my DVD's. So much for progress.

For $13 a month I can buy 1 or 2 CD's of my choosing. That's about 15-20 per year. Which you can then download to your computer.
For you guys that say I don't have time to do all that. You can down load a CD to your computer in a few minutes.
Then pick just the songs you like and burn them to a CD. That whole process will take less than an hour. That's what I've done.
Hell I'm sure some of you guys spend more time than that playing video games. I now have about a dozen or so CD's I've made this way
that I keep in my truck. I now have "commercial free" 24 continuous hours of ONLY my favorite music.
Some day I'll get an I-Pod and do away with the CD's
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Maybe I'm just cheap. I just can't justify $13 a month for something I get for free. As for being "commercial free." Just give it some time.
Cable TV used that same hook many years ago. They advertised 65 channels and no commercials. It only cost $10 a month. Sound familiar?
Regular network TV only had up to 10 or so channels at the time, depending on where you live and had about 10 minutes of commercials per hour.
Well after 40 years of brainwashing I now have something like 285 cable channels that cost me about $50 a month. It's loaded with commercials
and I still can't find anything worth watching on a Monday night. So I watch "pay per view" or one of my DVD's. So much for progress.

For $13 a month I can buy 1 or 2 CD's of my choosing. That's about 15-20 per year. Which you can then download to your computer.
For you guys that say I don't have time to do all that. You can down load a CD to your computer in a few minutes.
Then pick just the songs you like and burn them to a CD. That whole process will take less than an hour. That's what I've done.
Hell I'm sure some of you guys spend more time than that playing video games. I now have about a dozen or so CD's I've made this way
that I keep in my truck. I now have "commercial free" 24 continuous hours of ONLY my favorite music.
Some day I'll get an I-Pod and do away with the CD's

$400.00 for a life time. done deal.
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So I guess than it won't matter wich radio you go with? But I'd still shoot for Siruis. IMO tho.
Well it would matter because I want to do this in the next week or two. For me the content on Sirius is better, even if they merge eventually, a year is a long time to wait for some of the programs that Sirius has that XM doesn't, and thats if they share content. Ya know?
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Well it would matter because I want to do this in the next week or two. For me the content on Sirius is better, even if they merge eventually, a year is a long time to wait for some of the programs that Sirius has that XM doesn't, and thats if they share content. Ya know?
Yup. I know what you mean. Thats why I was leaning towards sirius anyway. Like What I have.
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