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I spend more time listing to CD's then the radio. Out here there's 88.5 fm and 106.9 fm for the rock and alternative style music, then 89.9fm, 93.9fm, 105.3fm for hip hop/R&B/dance music.....which is crap.

The two stations that are good, are full of commercials, and radio shows. I don't want to know the daily joke, or word of the day, GIVE ME MUSIC!!

But with that said, paying $13 a month for however many channels.....come on.
Let alone purchasing the unit and all the do dads that go with it.

My head unit in my truck is XM ready, so picking up the receiver and crossover unit off eBay is peanuts (I was >< this close to buying it).

I listen to XM radio on my PC and laptop at work via WinAmp. I only listen to "The Edge", "Ethel", and another station. So paying $13 a month for 3 stations which play pretty much the same tunes.......I can slap that $13 a month into a savings account and help pay the mortgage off.

There's people that love Sirius and XM radio with the portable units and all that jazz.......but I guess I'm not into the gizmos and toys.

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i get both for free. i like the xm more for the Navtraffic which helps give me live monitoring of traffic conditions on my navigation in the truck. sirius does offer a little more as far as content, but with a merger in the near future we will get to pick and choose and that sounds good to me.
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Luckily a merger between XM and SIRIUS is in the works, although it may not happen because that would give SIRIUS a monopoly over satelite radio, but they're already better. SIRIUS has definitely been worth it for the year or so that I've had it. For $13 a month you can't argue with how many channels you get, plus they keep adding more and more. There's nothin' better than being able to switch from standard radio when there's nothing good on to SIRIUS to find somethin better
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I have 3 radios, and pay about $27 a month for my 3 subscriptions. It's totally worth it for those of you who doubt. There is one in my truck, one in my wife's Escape, and one in the house hooked up to a "modified" FM modulator that covers my entire house without dropouts so we can listen anywhere at home with just the FM radios we have around.

Now, that being said, keep in mind that I don't have cable TV which is a TOTAL ripoff compared to satellite radio. Anyone paying for cable who complains about sat-radio costs is pretty much blind to their own silliness, lol.

Plus, you can listen to radio and get things DONE. TV just sucks up your time and IMO gives very, very little back.
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i get both for free. i like the xm more for the Navtraffic which helps give me live monitoring of traffic conditions on my navigation in the truck. sirius does offer a little more as far as content, but with a merger in the near future we will get to pick and choose and that sounds good to me.
Pssssst, how do ya do that??
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I have 3 radios, and pay about $27 a month for my 3 subscriptions. It's totally worth it for those of you who doubt. There is one in my truck, one in my wife's Escape, and one in the house hooked up to a "modified" FM modulator that covers my entire house without dropouts so we can listen anywhere at home with just the FM radios we have around.

Now, that being said, keep in mind that I don't have cable TV which is a TOTAL ripoff compared to satellite radio. Anyone paying for cable who complains about sat-radio costs is pretty much blind to their own silliness, lol.

Plus, you can listen to radio and get things DONE. TV just sucks up your time and IMO gives very, very little back.
I don't pay for TV, its not worth it to me, The only channel I like is discovery anyway, so I just have my old man tape me shows when they come on. I would have to agree, radio is more worth it then TV.....

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I have XM and I think its totally worth it....Ch. 202 is the best!Opie and Anthony everyday
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Pssssst, how do ya do that??
few old install buddies who are local reps for them. pretty much any retailer gets these benefits.

BTW the secret to getting cable is paying for Cable DSL and using a coax splitter from the cable lie for the internet, then run it to the TV so you get all the basic cable channels 2-99.
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$400.00 for a life time. done deal.
Check the "fine print." The ad I read says the following.

"Subscribe for the lifetime of your radio! Pay ONLY $499.99 once and forget about bills.
Plus, act soon and you can transfer your lifetime subscription to a different SIRIUS Receiver when
you upgrade or replace your radio up to three times for only $75 per radio. Offer ends June 30, 2007. Hurry!"

So for $724.99 your "lifetime" subscription will cover 4 radios total.
If you kept each radio 5 years then the price would only be about $36-37 per year average. That's $3 per month. Not to bad.
If you don't buy by June 30, I assume that "lifetime" subscription only covers the radio you originally buy.
So unless you're planing to keep that radio for a long time, it doesn't seem like that good of a deal to me.

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I have 3 radios, and pay about $27 a month for my 3 subscriptions. It's totally worth it for those of you who doubt. There is one in my truck, one in my wife's Escape, and one in the house hooked up to a "modified" FM modulator that covers my entire house without dropouts so we can listen anywhere at home with just the FM radios we have around.

Now, that being said, keep in mind that I don't have cable TV which is a TOTAL ripoff compared to satellite radio. Anyone paying for cable who complains about sat-radio costs is pretty much blind to their own silliness, lol.

Plus, you can listen to radio and get things DONE. TV just sucks up your time and IMO gives very, very little back.
That's why you get the totally legal "Free to Air" satellite receiver and any sat dish......(allowing you to tune into the free stations out there), however, giving you the ability to lock onto any satellite out there ie. Star Choice, Bell Express View (the sat positions can be found on the net along with the rolling access codes). But I didn't say anything....
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few old install buddies who are local reps for them. pretty much any retailer gets these benefits.

BTW the secret to getting cable is paying for Cable DSL and using a coax splitter from the cable lie for the internet, then run it to the TV so you get all the basic cable channels 2-99.
Que?? it's either cable OR dsl. Not cable DSL. If you get cable internet, it will not automatically allow you to have cable tv, even basic cable. You would need to take off the filter on your green box outside your casa.
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SQUIZZ!!!!!!!!!! lol i love xm
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Ok guys, after Orange Barrel season has started again and it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get home yesterday, I have decided that I want sirius. Anyone have pictures of mounting locations for antenas?
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I had mine going through my third brake light onto my roof.
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I had mine going through my third brake light onto my roof.
Were you able to seal it? Second, I wash my truck by hand in the summer, but in the winter, I go thru the tunnel wash. Did you have any problems with it comming off in a case like that?

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should not have any issues. It may move some but just make it straight again. its on by magnet, then has a cover that covers the wire for 6" or so.

mine runs through the seal on the passenger door, then out around the windshield and out the top of the windshield onto the roof, you see no wires, and it looks clean.

I have an Alpine so i just got the built in unit and i keep it in the truck at all times.

If i want to listen to it indoors i just use the internet.
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Yep, I used silicone to seal the third brake light. No leaks. The magnet is damn strong. I went through many a'car wash and it stayed in place.
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Some people have it in the front...like Zach, some going out the back. Mine ran from my glove box (HU adapter) through my pillers and out to the third brake light. The only wire you saw was from the brake light to the magnet antenna on the top of the roof close to back. Don't have any pics, sorry
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should not have any issues. It may move some but just make it straight again. its on by magnet, then has a cover that covers the wire for 6" or so.

mine runs through the seal on the passenger door, then out around the windshield and out the top of the windshield onto the roof, you see no wires, and it looks clean.

I have an Alpine so i just got the built in unit and i keep it in the truck at all times.

If i want to listen to it indoors i just use the internet.
Zach, this is interesting to me, I have seen that you can get a removable car one, and with certin apline systems, you can buy a controller that will let you control the functions of the satellite tadio from the main head unit. The reason I would rather go this route is so I can use it in one of the portable boom box devices when we have bon fires or when I go out on the boat. If I am going to pay for it, I want to use it as much as possible.....
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that is understandable. the apline or other headunits do have downsides to control and view, where the sirius radios have the full title and singer and such.
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Yep, I used silicone to seal the third brake light. No leaks. The magnet is damn strong. I went through many a'car wash and it stayed in place.
Good to know thanks!

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Some people have it in the front...like Zach, some going out the back. Mine ran from my glove box (HU adapter) through my pillers and out to the third brake light. The only wire you saw was from the brake light to the magnet antenna on the top of the roof close to back. Don't have any pics, sorry
I was wondering how I would run it, I guess those really are the only 2 choices huh?
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that is understandable. the apline or other headunits do have downsides to control and view, where the sirius radios have the full title and singer and such.
Really, well then it isn't worth it, because I was going to invest in a whole new stereo and the accessories to make this as easy as possible. However, if it is going to be a half A$$ operation it isn't worth it, cuz I just bought a new stereo a few months ago.....
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well its not really half ***, its just limited to 16 characters. it doesnt bother me one bit. no extra clutter in the truck and i can control it with the alpine, just like FM...
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I guess those really are the only 2 choices huh?

Probably your best two choices. The instructions say third brake light but a few members here have done it the way Zach has and are happy with it.

With my HU (Pioneer 6800) I had to scroll to see the singer, title, station, etc... I usually left it on the artist..and if I was curious what song it was, I would click over and see, then click back to the artist.

So there are pros and cons...I had the Sirius nicely convenient in my HU, but with limited space to see all the information. Whereas you can get a external player but it can be a little bulky and in the way....however you can see more information and take it in the house.

Pros and cons to everything...depends what you really want and are looking for.
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well its not really half ***, its just limited to 16 characters. it doesnt bother me one bit. no extra clutter in the truck and i can control it with the alpine, just like FM...
Well I guess my concern is, is it worth it? Because it would be 400 bucks for the whole setup, vs 100 for just the car setup. Oh, you or anyone else know how good the sound quality is with the fm modulator running thru the antena? Thats another thing for me, if I am going to pay to listen to the radio, it needs to sound good....
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