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Old 11-25-2005, 02:24 PM   #121
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Default Re: SIRIUS VS. XM

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I bought SIRIUS today, as a matter of fact, because I liked the JACK-type channel, SUPER SHUFFLE. I have been listening to SS on Dish network, and enjoyed the selection, and how wide of a variety it had. I have been toying with getting SIRIUS since I started listening to it on DISH, and liked how it was more hit based, and didn't play such obscure music.

Another thing that I like about SIRIUS is their sound quality, it seems better than XM to my ears, I really don't know why. XM seems to have some annoying type compressed sound. Even though SIRIUS is the same, I could not tell as much that it is compressed. I am using the STARMATE with the FM Modulator.

I had XM for 3 years, and now have SIRIUS. I am glad I made the switch over to SIRIUS!
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I have both (XM & Sirius) hooked up to my computer (via home kits) and I think Sirius sounds better, so does everyone that I have ever had them listen to both. So far its 4-0.

I have both, and I like having both. If Sirius has MLB and Glenn Beck then I would cancel XM.
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Old 11-25-2005, 02:51 PM   #122
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I just got a Starmate the other day. I am still exploring the channels. I like what I am hearing so far. But my decision was based completely on Howard Stern.
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Old 11-25-2005, 04:20 PM   #123
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I got a Sirius receiver for my car from my girlfriend back in December of 2002. She purchased it and had it installed at CC. It was an Audiovox. The thing sounded tinny and I called XM and Audiovox Customer care to find out what was wrong. They both tried to tell me it was because my antenna was mounted on the trunk and not the roof. I kept telling them it was not a reception problem, I was getting full bars. It got me nowhere.

So I headed back to CC and had it yanked out. I got it replaced with a XM Sky-Fi car and home kit for the same price. The sound improvement was like night and day. I assume to this day, that there was something wrong with the radio or the install, but CC, Sirius or Audiovox did not lift a finger to assist me.

I got my second Sky-Fi, then a XMPCR for my computer and then two Roady 2's.

I am a big Howard Stern Fan, so last year for my birthday, my girlfriend got me a free PNP2 with a pre paid one year sub. The sound on the PNP2 was comparable to my Sky-Fi and Roady.

I am going to retire the PNP2 and replace it with a Starmate replay when the sub expires in a few weeks. I since retired one of my Sky-Fi's and will retire the other Sky-fi and one of the Roady's when I get the Starmate up and running.

This will give me three XM subs (Mine, My sons, and my XMPCR) and one Sirius Sub.

If not for Howard, I would never have taken a second look at Sirius. But as my XM Equipment sputters out, I will probably replace it with Sirius.

I think Howard will be a big boost for Sirius, and if XM had landed him, Sirius would be in trouble.

Also, you can't beat the Roady 2. You can pick one up for less than 20 bucks. It is nice and small.
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Old 11-25-2005, 10:31 PM   #124
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I originally intended to stay with XM all year long because of O&A and their selection of news/talk. Here's the reason's why I use Sirius for the majority now:

- NFL: Need my football
- More College Sports: Even though XM carried Penn State this year, I can still pick them up on my local stations!
- Sirius Music Programming: XM channel names are goofy, can never easily figure out what kind of music is on the channel. XM has bigger storage but this isn't necessarily better. I could never find myself just staying on a station because they would always play tons of horrible songs before it reached a decent one. The channel cuts at XM are getting ridiculous. They cut their only hip-hop hits channel (The Eye) but still have 7 "Urban" stations that play mostly deep tracks. They cut their two world channels to make way for French only stations. Their heavy metal station was cut a while ago too. At least Sirius is playing the Stones overtop of The Globe!! So I'd say XM tends to isolate their listeners based on their poor programming choices.

XM cares more about the investors while Sirius cares more about the subscriber. I don't think it's too far fetched for Sirius to surpass XM subs within the next year.
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Old 11-26-2005, 01:44 AM   #125
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Thanks for the warm welcome, TX WJ!! I never got that on XMFan.

So far, after a day of having SIRIUS, it has been very awesome. I hope it stay awesome for a year, as I have prepaid it for that long!
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Old 11-26-2005, 02:52 PM   #126
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I haven't read throught the entire thread, but like most switched from XM to Sirius in the Summer of 2004 because of content.

I had XM for a year and a half before I made the switch, and I loved the service.

But I began to notice that XM(at least the people running it) were doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to improve what they had. Meaning that they seemed to be "resting on their Laurels" as being the first out of the gate, and having the most subscribers. They were doing nothing to improve the content.

At the same time I noticed that Sirius seemed to be trying to get new talent, and new ideas placed in there lineup. They got the NFL, which was just the start. So I switched in the Summer of 2004. I also did it because I took a gamble(that paid off) that if H. Stern was going to go satellite, he would go with Sirius because it was based out of NYC, and that Mel Karmizan was put in charge of programming(or whatever Mel does). Seeing this, and knowing that Howard was loyal to those who stuck by him in the past, I went with Sirius. My gamble paid off, and now I won't leave.

XM didn't begin to really do ANYTHING to improve what was on there line-up until after all this began. MLB was a nice get for them, but they would not have done anything unless they were forced too. I am sure Sirius was in negotiations with MLB as well(just like XM was in Negotiation with Stern) and XM had to get it. If they didn't they would be really screwed as far content was concerned.

Both systems have the music sewed up. Put them up music lineup/to music lineup and you pretty much have a draw(Sirius is more hits oriented which I like). It is a wash.

But in the CONTENT part of both lineups, with regards to talent/sports/etc... i think Sirius is the better product.
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Old 11-26-2005, 09:47 PM   #127
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My husband is a howard fan

I'm a springsteen fan

And as dumb as it sounds - the shuffle channel has a big appeal for us. Was always listening to the one that xm had, but you could only access it online. Was a contributing factor to leaving xm.
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Old 11-26-2005, 10:11 PM   #128
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:28 PM   #129
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I listened to both station's previews about a year ago. I already decided I wanted Sirius because of Howard, but I was interested in seeing what XM had to offer. I knew about XM way before because ICP had a show on there, but I never really looked into it.

Anyways, XM is just horrible. There's no way around it. Sirius has better music, better shows, and a more homebrewed feeling. XM feels like a big corporation stealing money from us, while Sirius is more like a friend that's borrowing money that they'll never give back. Ahem.
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:39 PM   #130
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Sirius was always my first choice. I seriously looked over both serivces before actually purchasing my Sirius reciever. The even that sealed the deal for me was when Howard Stern made his announcement saying that he was going over to Sirius. That was just the icing on the cake for me.

The salesman at Circuit City did an excellent job in showing me both of the services. Sirius was clearly the better choice.
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:13 PM   #131
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With better programming over FM and XM, dont be surprise to see some big numbers put up this first quarter by Sirius.

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Old 12-29-2005, 03:18 PM   #132
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I'm posting some things already mentioned by some but here goes:

I have both services and enjoy them both. I hope Sirius continues to grow because in the long run, I think that is what will make XM stronger as well. Competition can do that to a company. Also, I think if you are anti-XM or anti-Sirius then be careful what you wish for. I think both companies need to continue to thrive and grow as the benefit will be to the customers of these great services.

In the area that I live, I get a much better signal from XM due to repeater coverage. So, around where I live, I can take my Pioneer Airware outside when I go run and not have to worry about hooking anything to it but a good set of headphones(and I don't mean the antenna headphones, just some plain ole' headphones).

At work, I can sit in my computer room (which has no windows to see outdoors) and get both Sirius and XM because repeater coverage is very strong for both services in that area of town. This is great because I can alternate during the week, listening to both.
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Old 12-29-2005, 04:43 PM   #133
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I chose XM first, after listening to previews of both online, I liked what I heard on both but XM appealed to me a little more with the deeper playlists and songs that I normally heard on the college radio station up north on part of my 50 mile commute (I don't commute that far anymore, but probably would now that I have XM). Plus the DJ's aren't intrusive, they generally don't talk over songs and they don't cut any song short. Although I wonder if they let their 60's DJs drink on the air.

I will eventually become a sirius customer (see sig) and even have a few favorite music channels, like Margaritaville, Hard Attack and Disorder. Looking forward to next NFL season when I can catch it from the beginning.
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Old 12-29-2005, 07:03 PM   #134
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Got Sirius because of Howard Stern. I would probably still be listening to commercials in my car if not for him. There's a slight chance I would have picked up XM, but Howard Stern sealed the deal.

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Old 12-29-2005, 07:22 PM   #135
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I got XM over a year ago and will keep it for a variety of reasons, especially its innovative programming . I recently got Sirus for the college sports (especially San Jose State University) and NPR. So far I have really enjoyed Sirius and plan to keep both services; they are different enough and cheap enough to have both for me.
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