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Do you or anyone you know have XM radio? I would like to hear whether you like it or not.
 

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Do you or anyone you know have XM radio? I would like to hear whether you like it or not.
Do some searches! There are recent postings regarding a $99 deal but it expires the end of this month, but supposedly includes 1 free year subscription.
I do know XM is offering free installation at most places with purchase.
I am holding off right now, other prioritiies, and there is a plan to make XM and Sirius cross-compatible next year.
Anyway, have heard it sounds great. With the FM modulator better than regular FM but not quite as good as CDs, but close. and no commericials.
XM is 10 bucks a month, Sirius is 13.
 

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I have it in the Corvette. To tell you the truth...I'm just not sure if it's worth the 10 bucks a month. About 90% of the stations won't agree with you. And the ones that do...once they play a couple songs that you might be into, along comes a turkey. But the comedy stations 150 and 151 are funny all the time. And the benefits of XM radio I'm sure you already know.

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I have it in the Corvette. To tell you the truth...I'm just not sure if it's worth the 10 bucks a month. About 90% of the stations won't agree with you. And the ones that do...once they play a couple songs that you might be into, along comes a turkey.
Rob
I'm glad I listened to my instincts. Robsj, Your post confirmed my doubts. :4:
 

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Sounds like digital cable or satellite TV ... hundreds of channels, but precious few that are watchable, sometimes.
 

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Satellite TV is a good comparison. There's only one channel on DirecTV that I can watch almost all the time. Speedvision, or Speed Channel, or whatever they're calling themselves. And to get Speedvision, you have to pay for $70 worth of programming packages with tons of channels you could care less about.

The comedy channel on XM Radio is the only one I can really listen to all the time. It's basically clips from stand up acts. They don't censor anything. The same reason why I don't pay $70 for essentially just Speedvision, is the same reasoning that's going to get me to sour on XM Radio paying $10 for one channel.

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:2: I have had XM from the start in Oct 01 and I love it . So
far it has been one of the most satisfying new products I have ever bought for my car. My XM is an add on made by Pioneer and it works and sounds wonderful. In Montana sometimes you can go a long time with out getting a good radio signal, but with XM it's all the time. I would not purchase a new car w/o XM ,
I like it that much.
 

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Satellite TV is a good comparison. There's only one channel on DirecTV that I can watch almost all the time. Speedvision, or Speed Channel, or whatever they're calling themselves. And to get Speedvision, you have to pay for $70 worth of programming packages with tons of channels you could care less about.

The comedy channel on XM Radio is the only one I can really listen to all the time. It's basically clips from stand up acts. They don't censor anything. The same reason why I don't pay $70 for essentially just Speedvision, is the same reasoning that's going to get me to sour on XM Radio paying $10 for one channel.

Rob
I have the $49 package from Dish that includes Speedvision, 5 ESPN channels, as well as Golf Channel, and all the Discovery channels. $70 sounds like a rip. I don't bother with the premiums though, maybe that's the difference.
I don't pay for PPV either, just rent DVDs.

But I see your point.
 

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XM radio has been one of the pleasant surprises of my new audio/video install. My musical tastes cover a wide spectrum and so there are at least 25 to 30 channels of music that I enjoy plus the sports and news channels. AM and FM are almost history in my book. It is worth the $9.99 per month to me.

The sound quality is as good as CD since my new headunit was XM ready and also I don't have to fiddle with a separate tuner device. I was planning to add a separate DVD/CD changer at a later date to keep a good inventory of music in my X, but XM Radio has caused me to reconsider that.
 

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XM radio has been one of the pleasant surprises of my new audio/video install. My musical tastes cover a wide spectrum and so there are at least 25 to 30 channels of music that I enjoy plus the sports and news channels. AM and FM are almost history in my book. It is worth the $9.99 per month to me.

The sound quality is as good as CD since my new headunit was XM ready and also I don't have to fiddle with a separate tuner device. I was planning to add a separate DVD/CD changer at a later date to keep a good inventory of music in my X, but XM Radio has caused me to reconsider that.
I'll probably never make my mind up on this issue! I miss my under seat 12 disk changer with remote for the same reason. I think the in-dash sucks in the area of flexibility and programming options. I just pop a CD in there when I want to hear something specific. Suppose I should load it up one time, and cross my fingers, double check I haven't put one in upside which will probably cause it to have some kind of severe gastro-intestinal disorder.
And be satisfied I can only randomize cuts and not disks..but for 10 bucks a month picking my type of music, having good audio quality, and no interruptions is still appealing. It's only one bottle of dinner wine a month.....or 25% more than a six pack of micro brew....hmmm time to pop something open and think about this some more...
 

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XM Radio

I personally do not have thwe XM in any of my vechicles, but my oldest son has XM in his 2001 Accord V6. It has a Sony add on module connected through the FM.

I have driven his car a few times, the latest this past weekend to the lake (130 miles) about 100 of it on the Natchez Trace where radio reception is not that great. I enjoyed the comedy stations and a few of the others. The whole thing to me is that XM is kind of like a toy. It is fun to play with and scan the stations. At $10 a month it is certainly cheap. I'm sure we all waste more than that amount on several other things.

It is kind of like the Navi. Sure, we can get by without it, but it is kind of neat to have. It also will probably change drastically in the next year or so as to what kind of units you can put in the car, boat, or whatever.

One thing I did notice in looking at the program guide and station listings.......there is a Playboy channel. My son doesn't receive this station. This is a premium service at extra cost. My question here is, since there is no video, do you just receive dirty talk over the XM ? Maybe it's kind of like a 900 number where they talk dirty to you all you want for a few extra dollars a month. :2:

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I was planning to add a separate DVD/CD changer at a later date to keep a good inventory of music in my X, but XM Radio has caused me to reconsider that.
I already have that very thing. Maybe that's why I don't give the XM radio much of a chance. I'm too busy playing music DVDs or being real stupid and watching DVD movies. So paying the extra couple bucks to add the Playboy dirty talk is pointless for me seeing as how I could put a DVD porno on if I wanted to.

I suppose, that if I did some major travelling, XM would be great seeing as how you never lose the signal just because you left the radius of a radio transmitter.

And yes I said Corvette. I explained that in another thread. I think the "What if" one.

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Sure there are over 100 channels on XM, and you won't like every song you hear. I find it absolutely hilarious that people are content with a 12 disc changer listening to music over and over. Seems to me that when you spend $15 on a CD, not every song on the disc is what you want to hear.. so, you skip over them. With the XM, you aren't cornered in the corporate BS that radio has become. You actually hear EVERYTHING, unsensored. If you want to hear N'sync, turn to XM20.



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Has anyone driven deep into Mexico or Canada with XM radio, and if so, did you maintain reception?
 

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Sure there are over 100 channels on XM, and you won't like every song you hear. I find it absolutely hilarious that people are content with a 12 disc changer listening to music over and over. Seems to me that when you spend $15 on a CD, not every song on the disc is what you want to hear.. so, you skip over them. With the XM, you aren't cornered in the corporate BS that radio has become. You actually hear EVERYTHING, unsensored. If you want to hear N'sync, turn to XM20.



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For a frequent traveller, or one that has long commutes I think XM is a great solution.
I cited the 12 disk changer as a contrast to the limited capabilities of the 6 disk stock changer that Acura puts in the dash along with the mediocre Bose system.
A bunch of MP3s and CD-Rs is fine too for that matter. Why not listen to the music YOU enjoy hearing?
 

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I know my A/V upgrade will not include XM radio.

It will however, include an MP3 solution in either aux-in config with a blitzsafe and a good MP3 storage device, an Alpine MP3 CD changer or an MP3 CD HU. In the last couple of years I've amassed a collection of just under 15,000 songs (they're in a searchable DB and all burned to CD's). I know what I have and what I have is what I want to hear. One MP3 CD can hold between 150-200 songs at a relatively high bitrate. That's like having 13 CD's worth of songs on ONE CD! Why would I want to pay $10/mo. and possibly hear something I don't like and continually change channels when I know I'll have 10+ hours of no-repeats songs that I want to hear with MP3? That's like my whole week's commute time with one CD and I have almost 100 MP3 CD's loaded with songs.

Also, I don't think XM and Sirius are going to be around for too long. Anybody have business articles showing them to be a success? Remember the Pay-to-watch Circuit City DIVX player?

http://www.fightdivx.com/divx.htm
 
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