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Old 01-06-2006, 12:49 AM   #151
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Hi I'm a new to this board, but I've know this website close to 2 years (in April). Before I got Sirius, my mom had Xm on her car and I thought that there programming was great. Like 8 months later, I decided to get satellite radio for my room, because the local Hip HOp station (believe me, they were one of the few left great hip hop stations or FM radio that was left and if they would still in the air today, I don't think I would it left Fm radio) one day at night when I'm going to sleep, they were playing a bunch of R&B and drastically I found they changed formats. I was super pissed and angry, because my favorite station was gone. Apparentley they wanted to get the Tom Joyner Show from this rival R&B station, but they had to changed format in order to get it. There is another Hip hop station, but they suck ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The morning I woke up, I hear the stupid asshole DJ sayin "We are the only black station in the city" I'm not black, but that comment was straight ignorant. Hello, what about the R&B station that is also black? That was the beginning of the end with me and Fm. Before my mother bought her car, I read an article on Rolling Stone and Sirius about both services. Plus, Xm commercials so I was pretty familiar about the companies. But when i was looking to buy satellite radio, i decided to look my second option which was Sirius, I like their Rock and HIp Hop line up and I decided to go with Sirius. Almost two years and with all of the big announcements (Howard Stern, Maxim. Shade 45, March Madness and NFL) and one disappointment (RIP Wax 42) it's been one of the best choices that I've ever made and its been an awesome ride with Sirius. I love Sirius and to tell you the truth, I'm glad that I made that choice. XM was good too, but I never really wanted their services. Ethe and Rawl are great stations, but some of the stuff they play at times should not be played if you ask me and they never attracted my attention. Hopefully the future gets better and the rides get even better. Hopefully The Playboy channel will be as good as Maxim and they will offer a great variety of entertaiment.
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:59 AM   #152
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Old 01-06-2006, 07:29 AM   #153
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I like to thank those who have responding to my question.

Never thought this question would have gotten over 150 replies and over 6500 hits AND its still_on_topic which shows the importance of this question and how you feel about your Sirius Satellite Radio over XM.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:59 AM   #154
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I'm a Canadian subscriber who chose Sirius for two reasons:

(1) CBC Radio 3
(2) Sirius isn't partly owned by ClearChannel.

I don't care about Stern (sacrilege, I know), and I really don't care whether we get NASCAR or all of the NHL games. I bought Sirius because I wanted more music -- and that's exactly what I've gotten.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:13 AM   #155
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According to the XM boards, Clear Channel no longer owns part of XM. I'll have to give CBC Radio 3 a listen; more and more I am becoming interested in Canadian music. It's too bad that's it's not offered online.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:00 AM   #156
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-Been wanting it a while
-Listed to XM online through a friend's account:
a) wasn't thrilled with the music stations I was hearing
b) channel names are so unclear I had to research everything I was going to change to (and then not really like)
-Mojo Nixon on outlaw country - been wanting to hear his show for a while and never was local. Got the guest listen thing and dug the bits I could hear.
-On way back to work following vacation forgot David Lee Roth was going to be on. Was horrible.
-Running out of local stations I can listen to, one I get a lot of crap from my wife cause we hit a bad series of songs all the time she's in the car and weekends listening to WFUV's football or celtic music isn't for me. NY radio is pretty lame for such a big city. 107.1 WXPX is generally the best, but its signal reaches like two feet. Seems most of the NY DJ's are on Sirius too.
-Listening to Stern will be nice, but honestly, my AM commute is usually half the time of my night one, so I'm probably more Mojo than Howard.

That said, what I recall of XM's online tuner is a lot better at telling you what is on. And I haven't been subject to a buy this album thing on sirius yet (actually would be interested in at least a link to the album). Also have XM via directv at home, while OK, the rock, jam, blues stuff on Sirius seems to have better DJ's and so far more entertaining music.
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Tired of hearing my rap and hip hop edited for the kiddies on FM. Indiana is a vast wasteland of radio, especially for anything urban. (Yeah, I know Emmis is headquartered here, but that doesn't make them any good; same 20 songs over and over again).
Spent a lot of time comparing XM channels to Sirus offerings. In the end, I ended up with Sirius for: Back Spin (43); Hip Hop Nation (40) and Hot Jamz (50). Have found many other channels to like as well; hearing new music for the first time in years. Gaining Howard next week will be the icing on the cake!
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:51 PM   #158
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Old 01-06-2006, 08:36 PM   #159
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According to the XM boards, Clear Channel no longer owns part of XM. I'll have to give CBC Radio 3 a listen; more and more I am becoming interested in Canadian music. It's too bad that's it's not offered online.
Thanks for the clarification on XM. And if you want to hear CBC Radio 3, you can download the Podcasts in iTunes, or listen to their stream at http://radio3.cbc.ca .
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Thanks. I downloaded the podcast to my iPod.
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Old 01-07-2006, 12:09 AM   #161
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After reviewing the two and their free trials online, I didn't really see a huge difference in music programming, so it came down to the other programming and equipment.

The sports was my major concern. If I'm in my car on a Sunday for some reason, I can miss a baseball game (there's 161 more where that came from). However, I couldn't bear to miss a football game- so that was a big seller. The college sports were a good point as well, with Navy Football.

The talk was really incidental, although Martha (for the Mrs.) and Howard were good points, O&A and Ron and Fez were good for the other guys- so that was pretty much a toss up.

The equipment is pretty similar as well, and the Artist Seek feature was something that I had to have- Starmate Replay it is!

Sports and the Starmate Replay sold me.
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:22 AM   #162
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I knew I wanted satellite radio so I did the free trial for both XM and Sirius. They both had their good points but in the end I chose Sirius for-

Hard Attack: Between it and XM's Liquid Metal there was no comparison. It had a better and more diverse playlist, and I loved the genre shows Beyond the Pit and Contact High. The only thing like that I remember Liquid Metal having was a rap metal show. Thanks, but no thanks.

Underground Garage: Along with Hard Attack this is my favorite stream. I think it's quite possibly the best straight ahead rock and roll station I've ever heard. I love that I can hear classics by The Byrds or The Who followed up by bands like The Warlocks or The Apples in Stereo.

Jam On: XM's Music Lab had some jam band stuff on it, but combined it with a lot of prog rock, which I don't really care for. Jam On, on the other hand, was nothing but jam bands, so I was sold on that.

Boombox: This is one of the most fun and inventive ideas for a station I've ever heard and I gotta say I love it. XM doesn't have anything close to it.

NPR: Before I got Sirius, NPR was pretty much the only radio I ever listened to consistently, now I have two NPR channels to choose from.

Do I think that Sirius is perfect? Well, no. In my opinion, XM's Fred is better than First Wave, XMU feels more like college radio than Left of Center and Sirius desperately needs a punk and hardcore channel like XM's Fungus. (I do still enjoy First Wave and LoC though) I'm also sad to see Air America go to XM along with the cancelling of the Wax and Remix streams.

Having said that, I still think the programming on Sirius is more original and overall better than XM.
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:39 AM   #163
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At the time I purchased Sirius, XM had commercials on their music stations (and Sirius had only a few hundred thousand subscribers).

Now I have 3 Sirius units and love the way the programming has expanded.

I just recently dumped my XM service because the MyFi portable unit was only portable using recorded content. Unless you held the unit above your head and pointed it to the sky, it didn't work (with direct sat signals). Also, using the MyFi in my auto, I found even driving by a sound barrier on the interstate resulted in drop-outs. And most annoying about that was the drop-outs would happen at the same place each time during my drive into work. I couldn't take it anymore, so I dumped the service. I currently use an X-act stream jockey in my auto and experience no drop-outs.
And now I'm stuck with a deactivated MyFi....anyone interested in it?
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Also, using the MyFi in my auto, I found even driving by a sound barrier on the interstate resulted in drop-outs. And most annoying about that was the drop-outs would happen at the same place each time during my drive into work. I
Are you trying to say you used to use it in the car without the car kit and without the antenna on the roof? What did you expect trying to use it in a metal box?
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Old 01-08-2006, 01:32 PM   #165
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At the time I purchased Sirius, XM had commercials on their music stations (and Sirius had only a few hundred thousand subscribers).

Now I have 3 Sirius units and love the way the programming has expanded.

I just recently dumped my XM service because the MyFi portable unit was only portable using recorded content. Unless you held the unit above your head and pointed it to the sky, it didn't work (with direct sat signals). Also, using the MyFi in my auto, I found even driving by a sound barrier on the interstate resulted in drop-outs. And most annoying about that was the drop-outs would happen at the same place each time during my drive into work. I couldn't take it anymore, so I dumped the service. I currently use an X-act stream jockey in my auto and experience no drop-outs.
And now I'm stuck with a deactivated MyFi....anyone interested in it?
I hang out on the XM boards a lot, and most of the people are very pleased with these units. There are quiet a few issues with the durability of the unit. (Lots of unit failures) but very little complaining about getting a signal.

Maybe the problem is with the unit it's self, or with the set up.
Also, they do make a better portable antenna for them now.

How much do you want for it? You can get them new for 100 bucks, if you shop around.
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