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Old 12-30-18, 04:30 PM
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SiriusXM Radio - worth it?

With the purchase of a new car we have 3mos of free SiriusXM radio. So far the radio is nice, but is it worth the price after the free trial is over? How many of you folks have it? Thoughts?
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Old 12-30-18, 04:41 PM
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I found it pretty easy to let go when the trial ended.
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Old 12-30-18, 05:13 PM
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We have it two Jeeps. One of them we like to have it. The other one is on a free trial and I don't really need it. If you want to keep it wait until the trail is on its last day and call SiriusXM to cancel it (the only way you can cancel). They will almost always give you a low price to keep it. The last time I did that it was $25 for 6 months.
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My wife insists on keeping a subscription for her car, so mine is an extra $10 per month.

I’ve pondered more than a few time on cancelling my add on as Sirius sucks in my opinion. If you listen as often as I do when I’m stuck in NYC traffic you learn a few things. 1) They play the same songs over and over. They play the same hits from an artist over and over. They tend not to vary their selections, thus you will hear Rikki Don’t Lose That Number maybe 30 times a week. Sometimes they’ll surprise you with a variation, but not usually. 2) The signal and audio quality sucks. It might be in stereo, not sure, but to save download bandwidth the signal is compressed and isn’t much better that FM to my ears. 3) The channel choices suck. I like folk music but they did away with that channel and rolled it into the Coffee Shop, which ain’t the same. Neil Diamond 24/7 I just noticed. Great.
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I bit on the $25 for 6 months deal a couple times. It's ok. I don't drive enough to justify the added expense when a bluetoothed smartphone works fine with spotify, pandora, etc. XM cuts out when there isn't a clear shot to the south. A tree line will mess it up.
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We used it in the office for a while. It gave us a lot more channels to argue about, and we did keep hearing the same songs over and over and over. It would cut out at times too, and then switch to their channel that talked about the other channels, I'd prefer one of the internet stations over this.
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The quick answer is NO.

Yeah, it came with our new car too... We gave it a 3 month listen and really, it's just not that good. Pandora streaming is vastly better.

But I suppose if you do a lot of cross country driving, in limited cell areas, and love some of their exclusive content (IE shock jocks...) then OK...

But for us, the overall regular price that it would default to ($15 a month) or having to constantly "play" their specials to get service... nah, just not worth it. Not enough music, no way to personalize the stations. We stick to Pandora or other streaming radio... or in a pinch, MP3s off of a thumb drive or phone. We also like to catch local radio from time to time as we cross country... gives insight into the area and mindset.
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My guess is the wife (who will be driving the car 99% of the time anyway) won't even know it's there during the free trial. In which case when it comes time to renew/pay for it, we'll probably let it go.

That said, I do like the sound clarity. And the lack of commercials is nice.
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Support your local radio stations. And I mean local, not the "local" relayers of pre-programmed genre type clearchannel garbage.
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My guess is the wife (who will be driving the car 99% of the time anyway) won't even know it's there during the free trial. In which case when it comes time to renew/pay for it, we'll probably let it go.

That said, I do like the sound clarity. And the lack of commercials is nice.
Unless things have changed, this is not true for some channels...such as the comedy channels. I did listen to those a fair amount when I had it.

Another downside (which has changed) was being restricted to the vehicle that the plan was purchased for. I believe now you can use a smartphone to connect to the account to stream to a home stereo/boom box/whatever. Used to be you had to have one of their boom boxes with its own antenna and a clear sky to the south. What a PITA.
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I think it is worth the cost. Specifically I like the ability to listen to virtually any genre specific channel, commercial free, when the mood strikes me. I waste more $ monthly on other things, Sirius cost isn't a concern.
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If you have a surround sound stereo system in your car the sound is exceptionally good. Unfortunately I do not drive all that much so I do not subscribe. But if I spent a lot of time driving I would definitely get it.
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My wife had the 3 month free deal in her truck. When it was over, she didn't want to renew so we didn't.

When I got my truck I also had the 3-month deal. When it came close to being over I went to the Sirius site. Saw the "normal" options and wasn't going to renew, but then saw some specials since I already had it. Got it for a year & liked it. Came time for renewal a few months ago - again, I saw a deal since I was a subscriber so I renewed it.

I like it. We do have a fair amount of regular radio stations here but not a great variety. I regularly listen to the 80's station (since that was when I was growing up and really "got into" music), the Classic Vinyl station and the Classic Rewind station, First Wave, Lithium, Ozzy's Boneyard, Hair Nation, Liquid Metal, Octane, Turbo, sometimes Howard Stern. Plus I like the country music stations. We have several country stations in my area but they only play the "modern" country, which I don't really enjoy.

So I like the variety. I/my family travel a fair amount to see family or for kids' sports/activities. It's nice to be on a station I like and not lose it, as opposed to regular stations that you lose when you get out of antenna range.

And maybe I travel in "good" areas or something, but I've never lost connection to the radio, unless I'm under a canopy when I'm at the gas station.
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IMO, no. Agree with the above about Pandora (and other) streaming services being far superior.

I didn't see anyone mention, but when you go under heavy foliage or power lines the signal stinks as well.
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Well I asked the wife yesterday how she liked the satellite radio and her response was something along the lines of "what radio is that again?" So of hand it might be a 3mos and done kinda thing.
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IMO, no. Agree with the above about Pandora (and other) streaming services being far superior.

I didn't see anyone mention, but when you go under heavy foliage or power lines the signal stinks as well.
When I commute past Kennedy Airport in NYC, the radar or something causes steady and pulsing dropouts. On my wifes Subaru, that has the 2011 upgraded Subaru satellite receiver, her signal drops out right across from our commuter rail station. Clear sky above, no tall buildings. I can only assume some form of transmission system in use that's close to the Sirius frequency, likely local police security cameras and stuff.
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Old 01-11-19, 09:07 AM
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It depends. When I lived in a remote part of Michigan with few local stations, I loved it. Now that I live in a major city with nearly every type of radio I want available free OTA, its rather meh.
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We bought a used car (nissan quest minivan), did not activate the Sirius XM when we bought it, they were calling us for like a year trying to get us to subscribe. We always screen our calls so we never picked up once. I think they've finally given up, it's been a couple months since I heard from them.

When I'm in the car alone I listen to NPR. Otherwise, the family listens to the pop music collections that my wife puts on USB (and if I'm there I try to ignore it)
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Their business model sucks. It is similar to health clubs and other "auto re-new" scams.

They make it real easy to sign up, effective immediately, offering free trials, etc. They hide the terms in fine print. They get into your bank account and then make it difficult to unsubscribe. Like forcing you to call during their business hours with long delays before you will ever speak with anyone. Then they put on the hard sell to try and talk you out of it wasting even more of your time. I learned this when trying to unsubscribe from the free trial on my wife's last car.

I am sure there is a significant cost for them to have the "unsubscribe gauntlet" in place (vs. a simple button / link on a web page or e-mail - like they use to get you to sign up).

I recently got another car and the hardware was there, no choice on that. I never turned it on and did not sign up for the trail. They have been leg humping me for two years via e-mail, snail mail, etc. So annoying!

If you product sucks so much that you have to use deceit and questionable tactics to make your money, I'll pass. There are many better options out there.
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I found it pretty easy to let go when the trial ended.
I found they cling to you like a gerbil on greased teflon. I still get crap in the mail from them every month, begging me to "come back." I never voluntarily subscribed. Toyota signed me up for a free trial without my consent. I would dig their presence out of my car's console with a screwdriver if I thought it would work. They even had a crappy window sticker on my car that left the most tenacious adhesive (which is a metaphor, most likely).

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i got a year of it when we bought our audi last year. i use it on trips, especially useful when i have work in desert areas, to always have npr and of course the 60's/70's/80's channels to find music for those threads here ...and the coffeehouse, alt nation, hip-hop nation, soul and other stations.....i'm keeping it for that alone.
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I found they cling to you like a gerbil on greased teflon. I still get crap in the mail from them every month, begging me to "come back." I never voluntarily subscribed. Toyota signed me up for a free trial without my consent. I would dig their presence out of my car's console with a screwdriver if I thought it would work. They even had a crappy window sticker on my car that left the most tenacious adhesive (which is a metaphor, most likely).
Yeah, I was getting all to regular emails... I finally opted out and told them to go away. I still get paper snail mails.

We trialed it for 3 months and it just didn't have what we wanted, at least not at that price (Oh sure, you can play the game, get a trial cost, then cancel, then get called back for a new trial... I mean it just goes on and on.

No thanks... I can't stand a "needy" company that won't take NO for an answer.
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