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Now that you can stream music on your phone, is there any need for a sat radio subscription?

asked May 05 '13 at 16:01

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Kevin Kelly

Bandwidth caps, poor 3G coverage, travelling over international borders, sports.

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I like it on long drives so I can just listen to one program or game. I know phones can do it but with the new bandwidth caps that are being imposed on Verizon users, streaming isn't optimal. Plus most radio streams on the net don't include sports. I loved being able to listen to the NCAA tourney while driving from MI to NY through Canada and not getting nailed with extra fees.


answered May 10 '13 at 11:04

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I have a different experience than Sobiloff - i find the sound quality is better than FM.

Over time, I've found some of the channels to get repetitious, however, putting it at 1 and hitting SCAN has exposed me to a lot more "current" music. (being the father of a teenager, some currency is relevant)

I especially love their foreign "stations" and "alternative" stations -- Verve from CA; ATN from CA but covering Bollywood type stuff; these are things I cannot find in my normal radio selection.

I initially purchased it instead of selling the car -- it was a way to make my car experience new again, and I'm glad I did.


answered May 10 '13 at 12:17

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I like being able to find whatever genre of music that I might want to listen to at any particular time, though I am also aware that this perception is fairly limited by my own narrow tastes. I am also aware of just how close and overlapping many of the stations are (coffee house, loft, etc.?)...

I've had a long (60mile) commute for the past year and it's been a good supplement to the various other sources of audio media (commercial U.S. radio, Canadian/CBC, phone streaming of Pandora, phone-borne music files, USB thumb drive, SD-card drive, etc.)... I have a great car with access to all of this, as well as a great 8.4 inch TFT display screen, so it's been a real boon on my daily commute. SDRS is a significant part of my strategies to survive the drive.

One relatively big complaint for me about XM/Sirius is the laughably high cost of accessing broadcast materials on-line. Does anybody remember that AOL, at one time, streamed XM music? It was great but did not dissuade me from subscribing to the Satellite broadcast, yet somehow XM/Sirius have convinced themselves that internet broadcast of exactly the same media (without the overhead, or perhaps just to help bear the overhead, literally, of the satellite infrastructure) at a high surcharge makes sense. It doesn't to me and, despite being a very early proponent of SDRS, I refuse to purchase the internet capability. This is one of the things about XM/Sirius that turns me off (at least figuratively) and will probably result in my leaving them when a reasonable alternative (especially in my car) comes along.


answered May 10 '13 at 21:10

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I record and time shift listen to shows at my schedule. Some unique shows you will not find elsewhere

Buried Trasure with Tom Petty (Blues and Rock)

Boundries with Paul Bachmann (Xover Classical)

Mansion of Fun with David Johansen (Classical to Blues to Rock to ... often with themes like Crying or eyes)

Disorder with Meg Griffin (Contemporary similar to Mansion of Fun but less Classical and more current)

On the Aisle with Bill Rudman (Broadway with a theme for each show)

NY Shuffle with Lou Reed (Very contemporary, sometimes it feels like you are listening to musical chain saws)

Roots Showing with Franny Thomas (Contemporary, folk eclectic, with a unique segment were band members pick artist/songs they like and at the close play live music)

The Village with Mary Sue Twohy (Village used to have a channel of their own, but lost it for some reason. Available on the internet channels and for 4 hours on the Bridge channel)

Linked with Peter Cummings (Classical music interviews once a month ... often with Xover artists)


answered May 11 '13 at 09:38

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I'm a Sirius subscriber. I don't use it with my mobile phone nor do I use the Internet streaming option. I only use it in my truck. I prefer it over terrestrial radio because I can listen to the same stations no matter where I travel in the US and Canada and there are no commercials (at least on the stations I listen to).


answered May 11 '13 at 14:23

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from Ed Kelly on US Sailing Vessel ANGEL LOUISE (a British Built 25 yr old catamaran) currently on the South Shore of Sicily:

As you can tell by my intro, we are not normal, in the sense we are 24/7 boater live-aboard folks. We bought a subscription to Sirius/XM back in 2010. We were impressed we could receive it throughout Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. You can get its many stations worldwide if you have internet as well, but at an extra cost of $3 per month. We have a unit made for a car, but put it on the boat. We also paid for a lifetime membership, slightly more than $500, but we figured it would be worth it in the long run. We enjoy having the reception throughout the US East Coast when we cruised there, and also in the Eastern Caribbean islands. We are retired and live our lives as nomadics now. Ed Kelly also email at ATTYEDKELLY (at symbol) GMAIL.COM


answered May 12 '13 at 03:46

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I have 2 SiriusXM radios, and and the TTR-1 Internet Radio. I feed SiriusXM into a small FM transmitter (F-S Electronics FSCZH-05B) so that I have music all over my house, into the yard and out in the shop. Great classical music programming, comes in super clear and is available everywhere. The local classical station is always running a pledge drive, comes in crackly everywhere, and has annoying DJs. No contest! I had poor reception in my car until I had the antenna mounting by a dealer that knew what they were doing. Only occasionally does it go out for a moment. Internet SiriusXM can be more problematic, I've had to futz with my TTR-1 to get good reception more than I would have liked to. The SiriusXM app on my Android phone comes in handy in a pinch, but I have an unlimited data plan that was grandfathered in.


answered May 12 '13 at 08:20

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Ron and Fez


answered May 12 '13 at 10:04

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Be careful about subscribing to Sirius XM service. They make it very difficult to cancel your subscription. If you do sign up, use a check, not a credit card, or they will keep charging you even after you cancel. Read this: http://boingboing.net/2012/07/13/it-pleases-me-to-see-sirius-xm.html


answered May 13 '13 at 10:07

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I get great coverage so I just stream through the car. The songs and playlist come up on my radio display and my steering wheel controls work with the phone and aftermarket head unit. I have never run over .5 gig streaming everyday. I am so glad that I DON'T have to pay for radio. I LOVE my Pandora. Of course I have a flash drive jacked in too- so I can make my own playlists for out of range areas.


answered Mar 24 '14 at 22:24

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