• Jan 26, 2011
Sirius XM radio, which is the resulting company after Sirius and XM merged in 2008, is considering raising its monthly fee. The starting price is currently $9.99 per month, which only nets you access to the music channels. Now, Sirius wants to bring the monthly rate up to $12.95. The FCC is currently reviewing the request and Sirius has yet to issue a comment on the decision. [Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever they already lost my business, SiriusXM is only worth it if you drive a lot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have had SIRIUS now for three years and absolutely love it. I have no qualms about paying a monthly fee for what I listen to on there.

      Now with all of the talk of compression, this is true. The talk channels are definitely compressed, but it's only talk anyways, similar to an AM radio feed.

      All of the music channels I listen to seem fine, including Howard Stern. When I listen online, it's 192kbps which is perfect. Hell, up until a year ago you couldn't get iTunes that was higher that 128kbps.

      All that said, this year I got my invoice from SIRIUS (not on auto renewal) and it was over $300 for my main unit, my wife's, and my online subscription (need it for the office and my Android). After doing some reading online, I gave their retention line a call.

      Low and behold, I'm paying $150 for my car, my wife's, and online. I'm assuming all royalty fees are included in that $150 as well or were dropped. My card was charged 50% exactly of what my invoice was.

      It's worth calling and trying to negotiate for a better deal. They want your business!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have Sirius and love it - had it for years and can't imagine not hearing Howard Stern or the comedy stations when in the car. My commute to work is shirt - 11 minutes in the car before catching the train, but I enjoy every moment of it listening. So happy the added Howard Stern to the iPhone app. To me the under $14 a month represents 2 fast food lunches a month - a great value for all the enjoyment I get from Sirius.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My wife bought a new car last year that had a three month free Sirus/XM subscription. Before the three months were up, we got a letter, with pricing to continue the service. While it is nice, $10./month is far more than what it is worth to us. When we didn't renew, we got a phone call, offering us 6 more months at around $5/month plus a music copyright holder fee. At half the normal price, it was a more reasonable amount, so we took it for 6 more months - money they would have otherwise not gotten.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sirius XM is still in business?

      It came with my new truck in 2009 with six months of service. Nice to not have to plug in my MP3 player to listen to eclectic, uncensored music FM stations won't play, but not worth $10 a month. Especially since it constantly dropped-out on my suburban commute on tree-lined roads.

      They tried to get me to sign up for service after the free period expired. I told them I'd be happy to sign up for the $10 a year it's worth to me. They declined.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With internet streaming, in-car Pandora, bluetooth, HD radio, iPod connectivity and sync, there are just so many other options for getting the music and programming you want in your car and at home without paying a monthly subscription fee. SiriusXM is toast. I really think investing in this company would be foolish, I don't see it sticking around for too long.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't subscribe to XM after the 3 month trial expired on my truck. My commute to work is 7 miles and XM would continuously go in and out for about 4 of those miles. I would probably subscribe to XM if it was $7.99 a month--for ALL channels--$4.99 for music only.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know who SiriusXM thinks they are fooling, we cancelled ours after the free trial. It was nice to have those other stations but not worth the 10 bucks a month. Definitely not worth $13. They are right about them offering better deals to get you to come back. We got calls for months and were offering it to us at a high discount.
      • 3 Years Ago
      1. This is why I dropped my Sirius last year and never looked back.. while they haven't raised their subscription prices since the merger, they DID break off services(online listening) ..so really, they did. I have it once again on the new car I just bought, but I very much doubt that I'm going to continue once the trial runs out. (although their retentions department is VERY generous, so we'll see what they offer me)

      2. If they think a[nother] price increase is going to be what makes them more competitive in a world where people commonly have fast-enough-for-audio internet access(and more free streaming services than you can shake a stick at) with them at all times, they are INSANE. maybe they figure everyone left at this point is just a die hard stern fan, so they are setting up their final 5-year long cash grab.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've been with XM since 2006 and have moved to Sirius after purchasing a Flex that had Sirius.

        You can laugh at their $150/year rate when they inevitably call to renew. The retention department will give you a $88/year rate to renew and a further 30% off any other subscriptions. I'm paying $150 (including fees) for two radios, but I'll have to renegotiate every year. They also sent me a Stratus 6 tuner for my second car for $13.

        Ask them to bill you so you can pay via check and they can't auto renew your account at the higher rate.

        All the ideas about eliminating commercials and dropping prices are 100% correct, BTW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had 6 months of Sirius for free when I purchased my Mazda. While it was a nice service, I couldn't justify the monthly rates they were offering. They'd call me, I'd decline, then they'd call me the next day to see if I had changed my mind overnight.

      I will never buy another car with Sirius, they are overpriced and relentless!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whenever one of these stories comes up I remember Howard Stern and his incessant stumping for the merger and how it would be "good for consumers" and how he shouted down/made fun of anyone who pointed out that that's not how mergers work.

      If it wasn't for my wife's Martha Stewart addiction my Sirius subscriptions would have been canceled long ago.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you just wait till it expires, and then they call you begging for your business back - and get it for a discount....
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