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Old 10-24-2015, 02:43 PM   #51
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Obviously, I have to cancel my subscription.
Whenever you need to renew, just contact them and negotiate a better price. Tell them you are cancelling, and they will do a good deal. I know a bunch of people who have done this.

I have had it for free on new vehicles, and rarely used it. I find that the categories are too shoe-horned, in that there is not enough variety on any one station, and I love lots of different genres of music.

When driving in Alberta, for radio I usually tune in to a CKUA repeater. Or if reception is bad, or I want a change, I just listen on my phone where I have about 8,000 songs. Repeats are rare.
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:58 PM   #52
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We listened to some baseball playoff games, plus our local college football and some NFL games on our recent drive through Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and the Texas Panhandle. We also caught a few Grateful Dead concert-repeats. I just wish it we could pick up WWOZ (out of New Orleans) with it!
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:07 PM   #53
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Whenever you need to renew, just contact them and negotiate a better price. Tell them you are cancelling, and they will do a good deal. I know a bunch of people who have done this.

I have had it for free on new vehicles, and rarely used it. I find that the categories are too shoe-horned, in that there is not enough variety on any one station, and I love lots of different genres of music.

When driving in Alberta, for radio I usually tune in to a CKUA repeater. Or if reception is bad, or I want a change, I just listen on my phone where I have about 8,000 songs. Repeats are rare.
While I agree that the variety is limited, it is about the only way for NPR junkies like me to listen to their news radio when out of cell phone range. If you get off the major highways in most of the US, cell coverage gets spotty, and while there are more & more new NPR stations & repeaters, there is still lots of the US where there is no free over the air NPR.

My other favorites are classical & jazz, both of which are available on XM Radio, but fairly limited. I do have an extensive library of music on my iPhone, however I still prefer discovering new music & usually resort to stored music when I don't have any other choice.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:33 PM   #54
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We've had it off and on, first with the Accord and now with the Highlander. I don't mind the repeating playlist most of the time, it's easy to hit the preset and change channels. I like a couple of the personalities on Willy's Roadhouse and listen to the ESPN college sports Channel some too. For the money, I don't think it's a bad deal. When they call to have us re-up Rita beats them up and they drop the price about twice and then she's happy and signs up.
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My main criticism of Sirius/XM is the poor sound quality. It's highly compressed, and the sound quality is noticeably poor when you switch from HD Radio or a good bitrate digital source to satellite radio. Having said that, I got a free 6 months when I bought my truck, and I did renew, because I like the channel lineup and the idea of having something to listen to in the boonies when I'm tired of my mp3 collection.

As to whether the Escape stereo is Sirius/XM ready, as others have mentioned, no. But, its very easy to have the trailer "pre-wired" for stereo and put in a head unit that is.
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The jobs I did where I abused my hearing for 50 years allow me to enjoy about any sound quality, anyway that's how I have to look at it.
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I enjoyed the "Radio Classics" channel, old tv and radio shows.
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While I liked the radio classics and the Grateful Dead channels, i found that I wasn't listening to Sirius often enough to justify the cost. I have a lot of music and podcasts on my phone, so there is always something to listen to.
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We tend to end up in the middle on nowhere. Thus no cell signal and very poor radio reception. Our new TV had Sirius/XM and we found it great for travelling to the middle of nowhere. We've renewed the subscription.

I recently went to a deal of trouble to install a stereo with XM antenna on our 19. It's an easy way to get music in the middle of nowhere. But it also plays MP3s from USBs and CDs. We mostly use the Sirius/XM though.

Listening to one channel for some time brings up repeats. But there are so many channels you just push a button and get a whole new (short) play list.

The Sirius/XM radio, with its subscription, also gives me noise in my shop when not on the road. Dual purpose.

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Old 10-24-2015, 10:12 PM   #60
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I have a portable unit I use at home and in the trailer. We get a better variety of bluegrass than we would ever have paid for. And we can get NPR and BBC news if we want.

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