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Old 01-14-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Just a quick question. If you were to pick from either XM or Sirius for the MUSIC CONTENT ONLY (playlists, variety, etc ..), what service would be better ? Leave out Stern, Opie/Anthony, sports etc ....I know this is a Sirius thread but I'm sure there are users out there that have had both services. Honest and unbiased opinions only ......Thanks !!!
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:12 PM   #2
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This really depends on what YOU like.

I listened to XM occasionally, and although I admit to sometimes wishing for broader playlists like XM has for their rock channels, I always find myself enjoying and preferring sirius channels more. Sirius has more mainstream type playlists. They don't go out of their way to not repeat songs every 5 or so hours,but do mix it up on most channels enough to keep you pulled in. Also, this isn't to say they don't play new or rare tracks, either, but it's a more hit orientated playlist at Sirius.

I prefer Sirius because of the familiarity I have with the artists and songs on it and can actually recognize most songs, but sometimes it can get stale, in which case I tune into some other stations and check back in a week or two, and everything is good again.

This is just my lone opinion, so don't form any final thoughts without hearing out anyone else, but I hope this helped. Note, I mostly listen to the rock stations, and sometimes stuff in the pop category, I have never once laid my radio on a country or classical station or anything.

I can elaborate more if you like.
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Old 01-14-2007, 03:44 PM   #3
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It seems like XM is a litter better at choosing what song belongs in a certain category . Each time I set a preset I end up changing it as the music they play seems to wander into whats playing on the channels I didn`t choose. It seems like with XM the same song isn`t heard on as many different channels as they are on SIRIUS . It has a lot to do with personal preference which is what this post is based on no fact.

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Old 01-14-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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I started with XM back in '02. I honestly could not listen to the Rock channel except for Top Tracks because every time I tried to listen to the other channels, about half the time I'd hear music that I've never heard before and wasn't that good. Some real obscure stuff.

The Decade channels are good. XM 6 and 8 are my favorites.

I love the Pop Channels. Great stuff. XM 20, 21, and 22 were my favorites before they added commercials to XM 21 and 22. Then I had to switch to channels 26 and 30, both really good channels.

I don't know about anyone else, but I didn't like the Hip Hop channels in XM. I think Sirius Hip Hop is better.

I don't really listen to Dance too much, but most everyone says that XM is better. My girlfriend thinks XM is better, too.

Even though I think the Pop channels is lacking, I still like Sirius Music a whole lot better...

Have you tried both?
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Old 01-14-2007, 04:19 PM   #5
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In fact the music on Sirius, and the mixes of that music, is much of the reason I decided to subscribe to it. I had listened to XM on DirecTV, AOL, and on-line via a friends account. I did the 3-day trial with Sirius too. Perhaps just personal preference, buy I enjoyed Sirius a lot more. And I still do. Noticed recently quite a shift in some of the rock channels. They seem to be mixing it deeper, and not as repetitive. Not to bash XM, but my opinion listening to them was like they'd just put the songs on the air without though to mixing, rythym, beat, etc. Sounded to me like Sirius put a lot more into their programming.
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Great responses !!! I have been a Sirius subscriber for 13 months and although I enjoy it thoroughly, I've read in some forums that XM's playlists are a bit deeper. 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 !!!!!
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:29 PM   #7
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I like Sirius a little better, although I do like XM 78 Escape as part of my day. Standard time tops Frank's Place as I see it, and the decades channels are better on Sirius. One other reason I prefer Sirius music is that I think the sound quality is better. I've had XM from November, 2001 and Sirius since September, 2003--and I was struck immediately by what I think was better SQ on Sirius.
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:50 PM   #8
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Have had Xm for a few weeks now and Sirius for a year. XM doesn't feel like "radio" rather a music service that resembles a juke box or I-Pod actually. Sirius calls out their stations between every few songs, which can be annoying sometimes, but it feels like real radio stations versus a series of uninterrupted pre-programmed songs. I know much of Sirus is pre-programmed too, but I feel like I could call certain stations and get a request in, I don't feel that way from XM. XM has the deeper playlist for sure, but I don't feel the sense of community with XM either.

I listen to Howard, NFL, NBA and the livelier hip-hop stations on Sirius, but do like some channels on XM, 65 the rhyme, decades, cinemagic, and XM carries some college sports I can't get on Sirius. And XM might have too many channels as one could get lost finding something familiar to listen to on their service.

I think I might keep both, but Sirius does it better for me.
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:35 PM   #9
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Being a sirius subscriber for 2 1/2 years now and having listened to xm via aol radio and with my xm online sub, I prefer sirius for being more hit oriented then xm is but there are some stations on xm I like like the blend there 6o's station is great and a couple of the shows on xm 5 are good as well, I also like xm's audiovisons. but for the most part sirius is better when I want to here a more hit based style of radio. Both services have their + & -.
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I`m not sure if the aol sub is the same as going to XM.com and clicking on listen live but if it is I noticed the aol section is a very limited in relation to a reg XM sub on an XM radio . Kinda like listening to SIRIUS at the SIRIUS web site doing the listen live route ya don`t get it all
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i have both so..


rock channels--sirius is better with the exception of the boneyard--which is better than hair nation.

country channels--xm is better (2 classic country)

hits--sirius is better. i hate xm's hit channels.

decades--xm is better. more variety.

urban--dont listen so dont know

rap--ditto


i like both. so i got both
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I started with XM in Feb 04 after being sold by a store display at Tweeter. In Sep 05 I tried the free three-day online trial of Sirius and was sold by the variety of rock channels and the decade channels and felt they just played more songs I knew (I'd already been playing with the Sirius setup at the local Radio Shack in the mall when there). I now have four Sirius receivers on my account. My wife still enjoys XM so we keep the old SkyFi+boombox in the room she does her beading and knitting in. I also have a MyFi I use as a wake-up alarm. But if push came to shove and I had to cancel either service, XM would be the one to go. Not only because of the hardware investment I have in Sirius, but the music and entertainment content in my opinion are better on Sirius.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:40 PM   #13
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I was an avid fan of Sirius prior to their channel line up change on 9-29-05 at which point I jumped over to XM. I have to say, for me XM is hugely better in the music catagory. I mainly listen to jazz and country and XM does a much better job in those genres. Watercolors is on at my house as background music almost constantly. Great stuff, some funky stuff some smooth...but always consistant. There's also a DJ on Watercolors certain times of the day which gives it a nice human touch.

XM's Cross Country plays americana country, AKA alt country, alternative country.
It's an eclectic mix of upbeat folk, rock a billy, singersongwriter stuff, always with a DJ and always creative.

I'm always amazed at XM's playlists no matter what channel I listen to, they certainly work at it and it shows.

Sirius used to be (in my opinion) better than XM, but it seems when Howard Stern came along, they focused on the Howard demographic and little else.

Just my 2 cents........
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Others have probably said it, but I'd strongly recommend checking out the free trials for both services. I believe both have all of their music channels available during the free trials. Since everyone's tastes are different, it will help you form your own opinion.

My personal preference for music is Sirius. With Sirius, I can find a channel I like and leave it on for a long time. With XM, I am always finding myself jumping channels trying to find something I like. I find this especially true within the Pop and Rock categories, which are probably the two music categories where I spend the most of my time.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:58 PM   #15
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This one's very easy for me. Sirius does rap/hip-hop better than XM can ever imagine. Faction is also a fantastic channel. In terms of music, Sirius detsroys XM for me... In fact, if Sirius didn't exist and the only option was XM, I would stick to FM.
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