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Old 09-21-2003, 02:25 AM   #1
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The disease (Walter Sabo, Steve Blatter et al) continues to spread. Country Road sounds awful now....just like another boring country FM station I've heard in any number of cities across the country. What happened to the great variety of music?!?! It sounds like they're playing the same 2 or 3 hundred songs over and over and over again. Same thing seems to be going on with the Roadhouse. More and more repetition. Less and less variety. Why do we need to hear the same songs every day?? That's what FM radio has been shoving down our throats for years! Somebody should stop these clowns before they ruin what was a great product. If Sirius is going to become more of the same crap that's available for free on FM, and they sure seem to be heading that way, then it's time to switch to XM.
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Old 09-21-2003, 11:09 AM   #2
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I know it's been posted here many times before, but it is clear Sirius is a hit oriented music service. You are going to here a lot of repetition of the biggest hits. If you want or need a more eclectic mix of music sub to XM. I have both services and although I love Sirius and listen to it 90% of the time, I need to get away from it from time to time too.
I think most all of the points are valid here regarding the recent changes but that's the thing about life, everything changes. I feel Sirius is doing what it needs to do in order to stay alive. It is trying to appeal to the masses as I think it has to do in regards to XM having such a big lead in the game.

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As old Abraham Lincoln said, you can please some of the people some of the time, (or was it you can fool some of the people some of the time? )
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Old 09-21-2003, 11:38 AM   #4
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If Sirius is not meeting your needs, there's always XM.

Or do what many of us (myself included) do. Support BOTH, since they both add many things to the table programming wise, and satellite radio is not that expensive to subscribe to. 200+ channels of satellite radio bliss is the BEST!

(Of course, Sirius is still #1 in my book )
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How do you figure that changing basic philosphy every 2 weeks will insure survival?

What on earth makes people think that XM is doing things wrong when they have over 5 times as many subs?

People will not pay for the ''hits''. The ''hits'' are free all up and down the FM dial. The people will pay for their ''special'' kind of music. Everyone likes something that commercial radio doesn't play. We need to serve that special interest, not the teenage girls and campy gay males who actually buy Singles and make the ''hits''.

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Rickets, I disagree about what people will pay for. There are lots of people like me who can't get decent FM channels for the areas that I travel frequently. I would constantly have to change channels due to fadeout and then would need to put up with all the commercials and DJ bantor. Sirius will apeal to millions of people that want to turn on the radio and hear familiar and good music (hits). Over time that may change, however for now the mass market will want to hear hits imo. I think this is what Sirius is banking on. My nephew has XM, and when he listened to Sirius for a couple of days concluded Sirius has better music. This is probably due to the different programming philosophies.
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xsiriusfan, you've posted a total of 3 times without a single good thing to say about Sirius. From your handle, it is obvious you don't seem to want your service anymore, so why not go with XM and be happy? You can post what you like, but from my point of view, you sound like someone that's just here to bash.

There are lot's of good reasons to listen to Sirius since the playlists are larger, the music quality is better, and there aren't any commercials. Regardless of repetition, it is way better than FM programming.
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So, how many streams out of 60 would it take to satisfy the pop music junkies? Less than 10 maybe. Those are write-offs as far as I'm concerned.

The other 50 should be for those of us who have been underserved for the past 20 years, since the bean-counters started programming music radio.

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As far as Im concerned I want the hits with some eclectic streams thrown in too, but if you get rid of the hits you lose me. This is not a radio service to be totally different from FM. FM does have some good qualities still, it just got watered down with ads and endless talking and repetition. If they get rid of the talk, ads and repeats it isnt all that bad.. I want recognizable music, not some junk that they play on the college stations or left end of the dial. Some posters on here think they are Gods answer to programming, well take your weird music and go get a cd player then. It does not appeal to the masses. Throw in some, but not 10 streams of hits and 50 of "junk". Speak for yourself, not me....if its broke I fix it not throw it all out and have some lame excuse for a music stream that noone wil be able to agree on. Preach to those who care.
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Be brave. There's a beautiful world out there, past the Rick Dees countdown.

You have been brainwashed by Tommy Mottola. A bigger universe never hurts anyone but the suits.

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As far as Im concerned I want the hits with some eclectic streams thrown in too, but if you get rid of the hits you lose me. This is not a radio service to be totally different from FM. FM does have some good qualities still, it just got watered down with ads and endless talking and repetition. If they get rid of the talk, ads and repeats it isnt all that bad.. I want recognizable music, not some junk that they play on the college stations or left end of the dial. Some posters on here think they are Gods answer to programming, well take your weird music and go get a cd player then. It does not appeal to the masses. Throw in some, but not 10 streams of hits and 50 of "junk". Speak for yourself, not me....if its broke I fix it not throw it all out and have some lame excuse for a music stream that noone wil be able to agree on. Preach to those who care.
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As far as Im concerned I want the hits with some eclectic streams thrown in too, but if you get rid of the hits you lose me. This is not a radio service to be totally different from FM. FM does have some good qualities still, it just got watered down with ads and endless talking and repetition. If they get rid of the talk, ads and repeats it isnt all that bad.. I want recognizable music, not some junk that they play on the college stations or left end of the dial. Some posters on here think they are Gods answer to programming, well take your weird music and go get a cd player then. It does not appeal to the masses. Throw in some, but not 10 streams of hits and 50 of "junk". Speak for yourself, not me....if its broke I fix it not throw it all out and have some lame excuse for a music stream that noone wil be able to agree on. Preach to those who care.
I couldn't possibly agree more. If Rickets' programming philosophy were followed slavishly, I GUARANTEE Sirius would be down the tubes in less than a year. That is not to say Sirius is doing a perfect job, it isn't. But his no repeats, very few hits ideas would not serve enough people willing to PAY for satellite radio. IMHO, at least.
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Yeah right. I never said any of that stuff.

You argue like a neocon. Throw an absurd accusation into the discussion to turn everyone against your adversary.

All I've said is that there should be streams for people in cars, with non-stop familiar music; and streams for people at home and work who listen all day/night long. These would have less repetition.

I also advocate a progressive rock stream because good things flow from an intellectual center.


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Country Road sounds awful now....just like another boring country FM station I've heard in any number of cities across the country.
You know these kinds of post are a dime a dozen. If you folks were really wanting to switch to XM, you'd just go do it. Instead you come in here bitching. Country Roads does not sounds like just any FM station I have ever heard.. I have not heard 25 minutes of commercials ever on SIRIUS and another 10 or 15 minutes of DJ's talking about crap nobody cares about. So, if you are going to make that kind of comparison you darn well need to clarify what you mean. All your post have been nothing but bitching. Damn, if you are that unhappy, then go back to FM, then you can bitch about them, but at least it will be free.
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Actually, Rickets did say there should be a 50-10 split(eclectic vs hits/pop streams), I think that is where some of the posts have come into disagreement with him. In his mind its 50-10, in my mind it might be 50-10 the other way. Who is right? I dont pretend to be a know-it all, but what works for Rickets or me , may not work for others.This whole system does have to have some sort of appeal to the buying public. Hit based fans might have more agreement on music choice than those favoring eclectic or unconventional music choices. I would tend to believe eclectic fans dont even see eye to eye on what good music is. No one is the ultimate authority regardless of how many years experience you have in music/radio or whatever...its all personal choice and opinion...period!
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