If you own a vehicle with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability and happen to have let your subscription lapse, we have good news for you. Sirius is allowing anyone with an expired subscription to listen to 60 of the service's channels free of charge from now until Sept. 11. What's more, all you have to do is turn on your radio to get listening. There are no codes involved or sweepstakes to enter. Pretty sweet.

From talk news stations like Fox News, CNN and NPR Now to sports coverage from ESPN and NASCAR Talk Radio and a lengthy list of pop and rock stations, the sampler platter gives listeners an idea of what they've been missing since they cut their service. The available channels represent less than half of the total SiriusXM options. Head over to subscription service's website for more information.


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      JohnM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey remember when you were talking with the government before you merged with XM that you would not raise prices or reduce the offerings after the merger. Then as soon as it was approved and the merger went through you cut channels, raised prices, and took away the free internet streaming to subscribers? Good times!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Their customer service makes Dell's of a decade ago look like the best there is. That's how bad it is. When Howard Stern's contract is up, they are a guaranteed FAIL.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      SiriusXM- Because All Cymbal Crashes Should Sound As If They Were Recorded Underwater
      • 2 Years Ago
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      joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gee, how did I know every comment would be a negative one. All you guys work for Pandora? Every time an article about Sirius shows up on Autoblog, the naysayers come out. Very transparent.
        Hal20xx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe
        So are you saying that sound quality is not a legitimate concern? We're not expecting FLACs to be streamed (yet), but the majority of stations broadcast at less than 128kbs which makes it hard to enjoy on even the most basic of audio components.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hal20xx
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        BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joe
        I have no interest in Pandora, I have 80GB of music with my own playlists I've made. I honestly only used SiriusXM for sports talk radio since the tint on my window interfered with my AM radio reception. SiriusXM took money from me without my permission, I will never support a company who pulls stunts like the one they pulled on me.
          joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
          Yeah right. Boo hoo hoo
      reattadudes
      • 2 Years Ago
      keep your streaming Bluetooth, android connections, Pandora, and cords and hookups all over the place. all of that junk is dependent on a good CELL signal, and my satellite signal comes from way up near the stars, not some tower I may or may not be near. I'll take pure simplicity any day. I just push a button, and there it is. satellite radio has to be one of the greatest inventions since the car radio. I have it in all of my vehicles (7), and if a vehicle doesn't come with it (hear that, Japanese and European manufacturers!) I won't even consider buying it. the clarity is just unbelievable, and the only time reception has been a problem is in California, and that's because of the earthquake-reinforced bridges. they have all sorts of deals, with the best one being the $300 lifetime subscription for each vehicle. you just have to ask.
      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ended my subscription ~2-3 years ago, and have zero interest in going back. Grooveshark/Pandora satisfies my streaming music need, podcasts do the same for talk radio, and there are even sites online that can get me the MSNBC/CNBC/CNN/etc. If I'm paying $70/month for a smartphone, why would I pay an additional $12 for something that's utterly superfluous?
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        And the problem is that you're now playing with your smartphone when driving. Real safe right? I'm not a big fan of Sirius, but it works much better than streaming Pandora via Bluetooth.
          Farmerboy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @frost54661
          I disagree because I have Android cell phone and I have I-heart radio on it and I stream it though my car's Blue tooth. I turn it on before I leave my drive way and in all honesty how is it any different to grab your phone and turn on Pandora or I heart then to turn the nob on the radio looking for stations, in either case your hands are off the radio. There was a point back in history when radio's first came out and people said radios were dangerous so again what is the difference between playing with your phone to stream music to playing with the radio's nob's? In both cases your eyes are off the road. If cell phone use is dangerous in cars then so is radio use! Also streamin music works as good as sirius xm radio. I have no problem with either other then sirius xm asking me to pay for it when streaming music though my android is free! Cell phones use being illegal is dumb if people are allow to play with radios nob's in cars. adjust volume nob's.
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @frost54661
          And just how is "playing with your smart phone" any different from "playing with your satellite receiver?" My stereo does suck so it streams Bluetooth quite nicely. All I do is say "Play 'artist name' on Pandora" and the phone does the rest. Gotta love android.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
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      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      After my free subscription ended they called me and asked if I wanted to renew for $5/month for the next 6 months, I agreed. After those 6 months were up they kept billing me but for $10/month, I didn't notice it until BofA sent me a new credit card and SiriusXM began reaching out to me for my credit card information. I was angry at them so I told them no, they called me 2-3 times a day for the next month trying to get me to renew and that I owed them money for services I did not pay for. I can't even remember the last time I used XM. I will never give them a dime again.
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, I'm not paying for poor audio quality that cuts out when I'm downtown around tall buildings or going under the highway....I've got it free in my new car and don't listen to it....free HD radio or my flash drive with 300+ cd's works fine for me!
      eljay001
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got a new car in January which didn't have a Sirius XM receiver. I don't miss the crappy sound quality, poor reception, or repetitive playlists. They either need to decide on fewer channels so sound quality can be improved, or they need to better utilize the channels they do have to offer some diversity. I'd regularly try to listen to 60s on 6 or 70s on 7, and I could almost set my clock daily to the appearance of some songs. Random play on a USB stick full of MP3s from my collection is simply more satisfying.
        reattadudes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eljay001
        I don't have a clue what you're talking about. I've had their service since 2005, and the sound quality couldn't be more crystal clear. I'm a Sirius/XM customer for life.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          I've never really noticed poor quality myself and I've been a subscriber since 2007. I've always had aftermarket setups though between headunits and speakers, etc.
          rosetojordan 123
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          eljay is correct. sound quality is below average. like an internet stream at times.
          Nemebean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @reattadudes
          I think you meant "I'm a Sirius/XM employee for life." That's the only possible explanation I can come up with for anyone claiming that they have good sound quality. That said, I'm not an audiophile and I could live with that. My problem is more the playlists they use. As the OP said, they're repetitive and frequently seem to play songs that don't fit the supposed genre of the station you're listening to.
      sick of stupidity
      • 2 Years Ago
      HOw is this news...they do this about every 6 months!?!?
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