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Old 11-09-2005, 01:51 PM   #76
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To be prefectly honest, b.c the guy who offered to do my install was good looking and he had Sirius.... And it worked, I got a bit extra out of it lol.
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:15 PM   #77
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I picked Sirius over XM because of Howard Stern. I only was able to hear him in the car and it wasnt very often I was in the car at the time he was on, so to be able to hear him in the morning at home is going to be great. I am so glad I decided to go for Sirius. Sirius' receivers are so much better looking than XM, they are so bland and boring looking. Hopefully soon me and hubby are going to be buying stock in Sirius. He just needs to chat with his financial guy.
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Old 11-09-2005, 07:12 PM   #78
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. I know one thing I don't want them to be a mirror of one another. I like both for what they offer. .
it is refreshing to see that being said on any board - xm, sirius and even orbitcast. even though i dont have a sirius subscription i would never want either service to be mirror images. What would be the point of having two services with identical programming. some poeple dont like unfamiliar music that xm plays, which i prefer because i like hearing different stuff. after listening to online trials of both services at work, i leaned towards XM because there were songs i heard 3 times while i was at work, while with xm, I heard the same band, but rarely the same song. That might have changed now, but back then, that is what was one of the factors.

some people go to one service or another for sports....although, i am sure in the future of satellite radio, leagues like NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL will chase the money and go back and forth many times. that is why i would never switch based on the sports lineup.
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Old 11-09-2005, 07:44 PM   #79
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One reason...LIFETIME subscriptions.

No pesky monthly bills... !!
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:51 AM   #81
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My reason for picking Sirius? Jam_On. That station is what did it. My dad had XM and, for a while, I did too, so I was familiar with it. I tried out Sirius online on a lark, and discovered channel 17. All my favorite bands, 24/7...XM didn't have a channel to compete, so I made the switch. It was somewhat of a sacrifice, as the Sirius hardware then was a small step back from the XM hardware I had, but with my new Starmate Replay, that's no longer true.
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:05 AM   #82
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I 'dumped' XM for Sirius for:

1. The playlists. I found it difficult to entertain mixed company with the music they liked - as XM would play some pretty obscure stuff in which I always found myself channel surfing to find something everyone would like. I enjoy new stuff - but I want to hear songs I already enjoy too. Sirius just seems to have that magical balance across the dial! Being able to listen online to get me hooked was GREAT!!

2. The talk talent. Ugh! XM's lineup was/is a joke compared to Sirius' gang. O&A was alright, (a little too 'blue' for my tastes - but after XM lost the Regular Guys, I started considering the jump.
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:34 AM   #83
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I initially liked Sirius for the programming content on paper - Public Radio, Alt Music, Old School Rap, decades, etc - it all looked better than XM. Too bad those turned out to be disappointing manifestations of said genres (when NPR dropped daily running of This American Life, I was devastated).

I also liked the F&F deals and didn't have to invest a lot of cash in hardware. That sealed the deal.

And, Sirius was the only commercial-free option, which was very significant to me. Not so much an issue anymore...

Since I first subscribed, Sirius has added NFL (a huge coup), which was a big reason I added my brother and father as subs. I could care less about Stern.

If I didn't carry my family's subs, I'd probably kill it and switch to XM (I like their deeper programming philosophy much more), but for now I'm kind of stuck with the role of pleasing the family every X-mas.
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:43 AM   #84
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I was considering XM when satellite radio was in its infancy. Sirius was just launching their service at the time. I wanted to get satellite radio cuz thats the type of geek I am. I was going to opt for XM because it was the larger of the two and I deemed it a less risky investment in equipment. Around that time Stern was starting to talk about satellite radio as a place he would go in the future, pretty frequently. I kinda forgot about it for a long time until Stern announced he was going to Sirius. -- Picked up a Sirius tuner a month later and fell in love with the programming.
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Old 11-10-2005, 01:10 PM   #85
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I bought XM because it was the one I had heard of and seemed to be the one that would be around for long haul.

I mainly wanted satellite radio to hear dance music other than my CD's.

XM had BPM which looked pretty good. They published their playlist online and I knew most of the songs they were spinning so I said why not.

I then immediately went on a road trip from Atlanta to Memphis. Along the way, I kept finding myself non-wowed by what I was hearing. BPM wasn't that great and the personality really sucked. the 90's station and Upop were pretty good, but the personality on the 90's station was just the opposite of BPM. Where BPM was lacking, Kane or whatever his name was on 90's was too annoying.

I came back to Atlanta, went online and started listening to Sirius stations..first starting with the Beat and then all of the dance channels. The Beat was much more like a dance station I wanted to hear. Good music, classics (freestyle!!), and personality and production that reminded me of dance stations like Hot 97 in NY and Power 106 in LA back in the late 80's early 90's. Plus House Party, Rave, Vortex and Planet Dance were all listenable!

Next to dance and 90's music, the other genre I was most interested in was Classic Alternative. Fred was playing crap I had never heard of. The 1st song I ever heard on 1st wave was Where the Streets have no name by Pet Shop Boys, which is a song I have always liked.

So I could not get back to Circuit City fast enough to rip out my SkyFi and install my Audiovox.

Since then though............the honeymoon has ended.

The Sirius dance stations have been so molested they are nowhere close to what they used to be when I signed on. And the repetition that this service offers has got me to the point where I am flipping constantly.

I do not understand why they need 8 stations that can play the same classic rock song at one time or the other but yet on stations like the purported Classic Dance, they still play the same narrow playlist over and over and over.

Sirius is actually boring me now so much that I find myself spending time deafulting to the one type station I spent most of time on XM listening to on the return trip from Memphis to Atlanta when I was bored with the music. the stand up comedy station.
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(Originally posted: 02-11-2004, 08:37 PM) - Announced yesterday on allaccess.com that Joel Salkowitz has stepped down from his executive role at Sirius...He was the PD of Hot 97 when it was the best dance station that has ever existed in the US...I cant help but also wonder if his exit signals the further demise of the dance streams we all think need some major help.
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:24 PM   #86
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I was sick of XM after a month. im a rock,metal fan and most of there rock stations play off the wall rock music some stuff I never heard ever in my life. All my friends are like this is waste of money. Now they never dissed on Sirius. Squizz was the only channel I like and it wasn't that great. Top Tracks was ok sometimes. Heard awhile back they got rid of Liquid Metal . Anyway Sirius has a bunch of rock channels I can atleast switch back and forth channels and hear stuff I like. Octane , Hair Nation, Hard Attack, Buzzsaw. All are great! At first on Sirius they liked to repeat alot of stuff they play all day but it seems to have got alot better now. Also a plus NFL XM wasn't my style so... :\ my 2 cents
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:57 PM   #87
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My first post. I chose Sirius for two reasons: technology and programing.

I wasthisclose to going XM because their head units are alot smaller and Costco was selling the Roady2 car/home unit for $48. I then learned that XM subscribers often have to adjust their volume levels when they change channels. God, I would hate doing that. I also read that Sirius' satellites are closer to the horizon, so there is less chance for blockage and reception is possible in Mexico.

Programming was the other reason I chose Sirius (although I could care less about sports programming or Howard Stern). NPR and BBC was a big plus. Also, more electronica and classic rock selections.

I am currently dissapointed at the overly bright sound comming from my Sportster. Doesn't anyone else experience this? However, I have been told that this will clear up once I hardwire the unit into the aux of my headunit.
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I initially liked Sirius for the programming content on paper - Public Radio, Alt Music, Old School Rap, decades, etc - it all looked better than XM. Too bad those turned out to be disappointing manifestations of said genres (when NPR dropped daily running of This American Life, I was devastated).
http://www.pri.org/PublicSite/listen..._schedule.html

Its on everyday on PRI. Air time fluxes a bit on the weekends, but to me thats expected, and there are three airings each day during the weekday so you dont have to rearrange much of your schedual for it. I caught it on Saturday last weekend during dinner.

Echoes didnt make it on from PRI which slightly agrivates me as that is nationally done.
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I stand corrected on TAL - seems they brought it back to weekdays when I wasn't looking - too bad the times are less convenient for me, but that's my issue.

Repetitive and unoriginal programming is still Sirius' issue (I just had to stick that jab in one more time...)
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Old 11-12-2005, 03:06 AM   #90
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switched from XM mainly because of the programming. Was introduced to bands I'd not heard of before XM, but wanted MORE Grateful Dead. Sirius is much better in that regard. Jam On is a much better choice for me than chasing the music I want on XM.
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