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Old 01-14-2007, 11:29 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by RyanSirius
n fact, if Sirius didn't exist and the only option was XM, I would stick to FM.
Ouch! That's pretty amazing, but I'd motly agree with that. Sirius is just great to have around. I look forward to having a few hours to sit around to just listen to it, or get to be in the car for an hour or two to turn on the sirius. It's like an addiction.
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Old 01-15-2007, 01:43 AM   #17
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I switched over basically just for the music content.
I had XM for almst four years and found myself for the most part always looking for somthing to listen to. Aside from the EDM selection on XM I was always flipping channels.
For the first time in a long while I actually left my radio on one channel and enjoyed every song in a hour drive the other day.
Would have never happened with XM.
Im a nightclub I have alot of opinions on music, Sirius is definatly doing it right in content IMO.
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Old 01-15-2007, 01:50 AM   #18
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I only have Sirius, Sirius is the only one who has Howard. Can't compair Sirius to XM, but I do love the music on Sirius. I did hear that XM had some music stations that had commercials, if thats true, that would be a big turn off for me.
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With Sirius there are many stations where I can listen for hours, with XM I find myself changing channels after every song.
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I've had Sirius for just over a year and had XM for about 6mo I decided to go with Sirius because of an overall "comfort" level. Its one of those things that's difficult to describe but I listen contantly and would have a hard time if it was not favorite music channels change first I listened to Faction a lot and now I'm on to Outlawcountry...imo the best thing about Sirius is the variety...I listen to music that I never would have gone near if it were not for Sirius....Shade45 has become another favorite as well as the Met Opera channel...Sirius has really exposed me to a great new world of music!
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Thanks so much for the input !! Like I said, having Sirius for over a year and enjoying it immensely, I'm not looking to cancel the service just for the sake of change. I would only do so if the playlists were deeper and to my liking. I will take some of the advise and try to get a free trial on XM. I believe I did that over a year ago but I don't remember if I liked it or not. Thanks for the great comments !!! Chris
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i use my dad's online account for XM since he never uses it. well lets say i went through a phase for a day or two listening to XM. I really like the 90's on 9, lucy and big tracks i think its called. beyond that, i would go with sirius. i guess im more used to sirius too, having it for 2+ years.

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Old 01-15-2007, 01:10 PM   #23
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When I first subscribed to satellite radio I listened to the trials for each service and quickly decided on Sirius mainly because I'm a hardcore dance music fan. Sirius REALLY did have an awesome dance lineup with 5 dance channels that appealed to the TRUE dance music fan. A few months after subscribing sirius axed many of the awesome dance channels and replaced them with Boombox and Chill which really don't appeal to the core dance music fans.

Finally, in Oct of 2004, Sirius axed one of the most popular dance channels, Remix, and soon after modified The Beat so much that it sounds like a top 40 mainstream music station. After these changes I went to XM and have been MUCH HAPPIER since...XM dance channels KILL the few stale ones Sirius has to offer.

Note: A few years back the dance board on this site was flooded with fans of sirius dance who would constantly say how terrible XM dance it's filled with listeners who have deflected to XM and constantly complain about how terrible Sirius dance is...what a change!
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I think if Sirius just had Boneyard(or something like it), I would be completely happy!
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I guess both services have alot to offer .....Which service has less DJ chatter ???
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I spend most of my time listening to 60's, 70's and 80's, classic rock and smooth jazz. I'm kinda dissapointed in the smooth jazz on Sirius. Can anyone vouch for Xm's smooth jazz station "Watercolors" ? I'm not bashing Sirius either, I just bought a new vehicle and want to install my current Sirius radio or venture to the XM side. Keep the opinions coming. I appreciate the honesty !!!!!
The Jazz Cafe is what moved me to add an XM subscription to my list of Sirius subs.

I was increasingly disappointed with the trend I saw on Jazz Cafe to more vocals and more and more non smooth jazz tracks. I found it to be just like terrestrial smooth jazz stations. Turned me off completely.

After talking to some XM subscribers and taking the 3 day on line trial I found Watercolors to be superior to the Jazz Cafe. It is much truer to the origins of the format and plays very few vocals. In my opinion, Watercolors wins hands down.

I can't comment on the Rock channels since I rarely listen, but regarding the 70's and 80's decades channels I prefer these also on XM. To this day (I've had XM for a year and a half) I still hear songs that surprise me. Things I literally haven't heard in 20 or 30 years, especially on the American Top 40 replays. The 60's channel is just like listening to radio during those years. Full of energy, live jocks and great jingles.

Standard Time is my choice for standards. Frank's Place plays some real dogs. The playlist is way too deep and obscure for my taste. I feel much more comfortable with the Standard Time playlist which has more of the original versions of these songs.

It's a shame that Swing Street was taken away. XM has 40's on 4 which is a favorite of mine, too.

As for the rest, it may be oversimplification on my part, but I think it's a matter of taste. Do you like a hits-oriented format or the deeper playlist?

I can't see myself giving up subscriptions to either service. They compliment each other and if you can afford it, it's the way to go.

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Thanks for your response ....Smooth jazz is my favorite listening genre. I am becoming increasingly dissapointed with the Jazz Cafe because of the short playlist. Many listeners have concluded that "Watercolors" is the best of the two. As far as the rock playlists are concerned, I like the hits, but I also like obscure tunes. The deeper the playlist, the better. I wish I could afford both services, but unfortunately i can't. I'll have to try and listen to XM's stations since I'm already familiar with Sirius ...Sirius is great, just looking for something a bit more to my liking .....Chris
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If Sirius offered funk (old skool r&b) like XM offers with the Groove 64, and a classic soul oldies channel like XM's Soul Street, I would easily pick Sirius. SIrius does beat XM in the decades now (didnt used to), and in classic rock by far.
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My favorite genre is adult R&B.XM without a doubt.Sirius' playists are too shallow for my tastes.You would NEVER hear artists like Eugene Church on Soul Town.
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I would agree with TVTECH on the Jazz Cafe--it needs retooling and a different play list.
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