• Jul 7, 2006
Having just reviewed an Audi A3 with Sirius satellite radio and an active subscription, I can honestly say that I seriously enjoyed listening to Howard Stern again after months of being cut off cold turkey. It turns out millions of people followed the shock jock to his new residence on Sirius satellite radio, and the company saw a 64-percent growth in new subscribers versus the first quarter of last year. That amounts to 600,640 new subscribers, versus rival XM's addition of 398,000 new subscribers during the same period
Some would say that's a huge gain for Sirius, but XM's total subscriber base still dwarfs that of Sirius at nearly 7 millino versus 4.7 million. Either way, this was the first time I ever considered setting down my iPod and iTrip and picking up the phone to order satellite radio. But then I had to give the Audi A3 back and forgot to call.

For those interested in purchasing a vehicle with the audio entertainment of their choice preinstalled, the following links will take to you a list of automakers offering each technology as a factory installed option.
Sirius Satellite Radio
XM Satellite Radio
iPod integration

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I was going to go with Sirius, but decided against it when they hired Stern. He panders to the portion of society that is titilated by potty jokes and dirty pictures. His political commentary is incredibly shallow. A pathetic loser of the first degree.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I prefer Sirius. I bought an Alpine head unit that was XM ready, but waited for the Sirius kit to come out. I love it. I'm probably getting a new car by year's end, and I know what I want, but am very disappointed that the manufacturer only offers XM, not Sirius. I don't care about Howard or O&A. Only Sirius has the NFL, but I still like the music channels better on Sirius.

      The car I want is the new Saturn Outlook. But being GM, they will probably never offer Sirius because Ford is invested in them. Funny thing is we also have a 2006 Fusion and we can't get Sirius in that either! But to be fair they don't offer any SAT Radio for the Fusion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been a Sirius subscriber at 2 different points and loved it. I've been looking at getting it again, but am surprised that they don't have a full fledged reggaeton station like XM does. In NY, where Sirius is based, reggaeton is just as big as rap if not bigger.

      I agree with the guy who said he went to Satellite to get away from annoying disc jockeys. I'd probably listen to Stern every once in a while, but I'd only make the jump b/c of the music.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With out a doubt sirius is far better than xm in almost every catagory.Sports ( NFL, NHL, NBA, COLLEGE SPORTS, WORLD SERIES, and next year they get NASCAR!! )The best rock and oldie stations,plus a superior variety of other stations.Not to mention Howard and Bubba The Love Sponge who is even better than Howard.I work at a place that has both SIRIUS AND XM and nobody on any of the crews listens to xm / it hasn't even been turned on since we got SIRIUS and that was over a year ago!
      • 8 Years Ago
      for those of you who say sirius is better.. u must of bumped your head. i have heard sirius and it sounds just like a fm station. where xm has less djs and yes the station have less promos as so they wont sound like a glorified fm station like sirius does. sirius DJs are constanly cutting in and talkin while a song is playing. why pay for satellite radio when it sounds just like my local Fm stations. XM is the clear winner here they have more well educated programmers. and dont just throw some music on the air.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Though I find Howard amusing every so often, his schtick has been about the same for 20 years.

      I have Sirius just because I am often enough places where there is no broadcast band reception.

      XM is better at some things, but Sirius does have NPR and some other stuff XM doesn't.

      It will be interesting to see how this game plays out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am a delivery driver and have had both xm and currently sirius. Here's what i think. As far as howard stern and opus and andy, i could give a rats ass about either show. As far as the music goes i give a slight edge to sirius though there are some channels that absolutely are better on xm. Bluesville on xm just can't be touched by the blues channel on sirius, like night and day. Also xm has a very interesting channel that covers movie music soundtracks that stands alone, sirius has nothing like it. Now enough about xm, here are the great things about sirius and why i am currently with them. On the music side of things, they have the most kick ass electronica/trance station you could ever imagine(channel 33). They cover straight up rock and roll like you could never imagine, whatever kind of rock and roll you are in to, and i mean any kind, they have. They also have the BBC radio station out of London and they play some damned good techno/trance on the weekends. Then of course there sports packages they carry will be the thing that carries them one day over the top of xm. They have the complete NFL season with announcers from both teams perspective so you don't have 2 listen 2 the other teams announcers. They do the same with COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!!!! That was a coup 2 me, college games of your choice, every week, no questions asked, pinch me i must be dreaming. AND 4 THE TRULY UNINFORMED, SIRIUS AND I THINK XM BOTH HAVE COMMERCIAL FREE "MUSIC" CHANNELS, NOT ALL CHANNELS!!!! NIETHER STATION EVER CLAIMED OTHERWISE!!!! I think that xm is a great sattelite company, they even have better reception here in Memphis; Tn., and i wish them much success, but I think sirius did themselves right with the nfl gig and the college football gig as well. Did i not mention they also have the NFL NETWORK channel, just like the one on television? Unless you are an uninterested woman, or an idiot, non sport loving man, go with sirius, you'l be glad ya did.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I must be the only person on earth who doesn't like Sat Radio. Honestly though, it sounds REALLY compressed whenever I listen to it. Both XM and Sirius sound worse then an FM station and more like low bitrate MP3's. When they first came out I thought they boasted about near CD quality.

      Am I the only one?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, and they also boasted of "Commercial Free", but that is dissapearing as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'VE HAD BOTH. (XM REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT) I'VE HAD XM IN MY H3 FOR MORE THEN A YEAR, AND MY CONTRACT IS UP. AND I WILL NOT RENEW MY CONTRACT. AND AS TO STERN SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT HOWARD STERN. BUT HIS SHOW HAS NEVER SOUNDED BETTER. ASIDE FROM STERN. MUSIC WISE, SO MUCH BETTER. WEATHER YOU'RE IN TO BLUES, METAL. JAZZ. COUNTRY WHAT EVER. MUCH BETTER CHOICES ON SIRIUS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      O and A are the biggest hacks on the planet..they have zero originality and there following in tiny..they need to be on old school radio because there in need of listeners..XM has more subscribers but they will lose in the long run to siruis, it's just a matter of time till it happens. I don't see a merger because they both have a different style of programming...but in two years max, sirius WILL over take XM . screw the FCC, long live freedom of speech on satelite radio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Got Sirius and love it. Listen to xm on the sat.dish(DirectTV) and can't stand it. Love the talk shows and the Jimmy Buffet ch. Great on the boat..
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