• Nov 14, 2008
Sirius and XM have buried the hatchet and merged their content, to the likely displeasure of many. XM closes 15 stations while simultaneously adding 22 new selections to the lineup, and Sirius pretty much broke even, trading 11 stations for 10 new ones. As has always been the case, the sports fans fare the best. Reception is reportedly better, too, though we're sure the lossy-codec lack of fidelity still makes it all virtually unlistenable to anyone that pays attention. If you don't care that cymbal crashes on SatRad sound like a pair of metal trash cans being hurled down a fire escape, you'll likely be pleased with the shuffling; though we hope they've left our beloved Soulsville alone.

[Source: Kicking Tires]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      As as XM subscriber, I'm definitely pleased with new lineup of rock stations...much better than before.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What happened to Madison on Alt Nation?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've done A-B comparisons where XM's Chill channel happened to be playing the same song I had in my car's audio CD player.

      The CD version was clear and fully in stereo and I could hear higher highs and lower lows. Perfect.

      The XM version sounded muffled, far less highs and lows, and just generally completely inferior in every way. It also sounded digitized and was clearly not the same fidelity.

      That said, I used XM mostly for talk so the music was not that important to me. Yes, used and was. Past tense. I fired XM last week, though they have not bothered to actually turn off my radios. I decided it was costing too much for the actual hours of listening time I was putting in. Had nothing to do with the Sirius merger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm bummed too that they dropped Fungus, but I'm quite happy that they finally got rid of those F'in Clear Channel stations. Nothing like some good old commercials taking up precious bandwidth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new lineup drops the one XM channel we listened too all the time.....#77 Audiovisions. Now we are forced to comply with the "new lineup" and are stuck with another 2 years of prepaid broadcasts of channels we don't enjoy. I guess consumers don't matter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jim - I too am mourning the loss of AudioVisions (Spa so far is pretty bleak and not an "equivalent" channel. At least they kept Hearts of Space!. I also am sad to see the loss of several other XM channels and do not feel that the replacements are equal. They satisfy the Sirius listeners as they are basically the Sirius channels but for XM listeners they are disappointing. Each camp has its preferences which is why each service had its adherents. This is yet another case where compromise has made no one really happy.

        FYI - you may be able to change your XM service to a lower paid one (such as Music Only) at their web site. You may also get credit for what you have paid which could (conceivably) extend your subscription.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They killed Boombox and Backspin and my subscription. Stern isn't worth $13 a month and as much as I love Hard Attack, excuse me, "Liquid Metal," I can find just as much new music by putting my subscription fee towards e-music downloads.

      Seriously, they had TWO classic hip-hop channels and after the merger they had none? They killed remixes and breaks, I'm done. "There is no downside t this merger" my ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is PRECISELY how I feel. Both Boombox and Backspin were the highlights of having sat radio. I've already sent in an email about the lineup, as well as contacted customer support. I've been told the stations aren't set in stone, so they encourage people to send off the customer care emails so that corporate understands how the changes are being received.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I couldn't agree more. I figure most people buy satellite radio to listen to a particular genre of music (particularly music which doesn't come on FM radio), which basically means you buy it for one or two channels at most. There is no classic hip-hop channel on FM.

        Now I'm stuck with a subscription to a service I don't want. I was hoping for two classic hip-hop channels and now I have none. The urban radio channel (Jamz) is now watered down Top 40 (Heat). The final nail is the fact that the previousy uncensored music i pay to hear has become the "radio" version.

        I am canceling a relying totally on the ipod.


      • 6 Years Ago
      If the new congess passes the "Fairness Doctrine" (really censorship), then look for XM/Sirius to take off as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and others make the move from AM...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rush won't come to Satrad. He loves his broadcast stations to death. They pay him truckloads of money.

        On top of that, as an AM talkshow he can hit basically the whole country. If he was on Satrad, he'd be able to hit, at most, 20-something million (far less than 10%) and not all of them would listen anyway.

        Right now, a typical talk channel on XM gets a few tens of thousands of listeners and some a lot less than that. ONE AM station in one city can beat those numbers barely trying. Just ONE station.

        So when you have somebody like Rush on a hundred plus stations, what reason on earth is there for him to come to satrad? He'd add damn near zero audience and to do it, he'd have to give up his tight, cozy relationship with broadcast radio. All it would take would be one station dropping him because he went to XM and he'd lose.

        This is the same reason Boortz and some of the others are also not on satrad. It's not worth it at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You don't have to hear it now; just turn it off. 20 million people have a different opinion though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm still wondering what people are complaining about with sound quality? If you got direct connection, umm it sounds no worst than a AAD encoded CD and better than standard FM and on par with HD Radio which is a joke.

      I have JVC Sirius Direct Connect by Directed (high failure rate!) connected to my JVC NX-5000 Navi/DVD unit and it sounds great!

      Not that I listen to any critical anyway. I upgraded to 128-bit internet connection and use Replay AV 8 to record shows I usually miss because I'm at work.

      I'm disappointed by loosing "The Strobe" from Sirius' lineup but I liked "The Heat" when I had XM before so this is a wash.

      If you do listen to Sports, yes you got a major upgrade. There isn't a sport covered on EARTH that can't be heard on Sirius/XM.

      ALMS and IRL races are heard on XM, we got that now - Wee!



      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm really more interested in getting good quality streaming music in my home than I am with satellite radio in my car. What are the options for getting a combined XM/Sirius feed for my broadband?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a couple extra bucks a month for "cd quality" but you can listen to reduced quality online with a base subscription.

        If you want good, free streaming music, check out Pandora.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OnA, and Ron and Fez are still there...and I got some great new rock stations instead of the Rob Zombie love fest called Squizz. I'm a pretty happy xm sub right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the sound quality thing is lost on me. I suffer from quite a bit of hearing loss, especially in the high treble ranges due to lifelong exposure to loud noises. the compression does not bother me.

      Also, my favorite station is XM 14 Bluegrass (OK, I'm a hillbilly) and I like the news stations.

      XM SatRad is a benefit for me as the music I like is either on Sat Rad or on my iPod.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suppose it's possible that the quality on SatRadio is worse than regular FM but it damn sure doesn't sound like it. In fact I think SatRadio sounds a good bit better, plus i can listen to the same thing from the start to the end of any trip...

      I love Sirius, and the Sirius XM merger just made things that much better.
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