Opinion: The demise of satellite radio

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  1. gene c

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    I listen to Sirius for free via Dish Network thru my HT, music stations (apparently the ones that don't have bothersome DJ's) do have playlists that are indeed small compared to what's available. But I wouldn't pay a dime extra for it though.

    I recently discovered that I can get internet radio via a USB connection on my old Pioneer 59txi so one of these days I'm going to give it a try. Love Pandora, too.
     
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    I admit, I love it.. still love it. But I can't say I've ever listened more then 5 minutes to a music station. I drive long drives (about 5-10 hours) on Sunday, and SIRIUS is 100% worth it; listening to the home feed of NFL games as I drive? Absolutely worth it. And, for those of us who follow news, being able to listen to the CNN/Fox/Bloomberg live feed all day as I drive, it's worth the price of admission.

    I think everything is for every different person. And there are things I like about netradio.. so far, I haven't found how to get it into my car. More then that, the news aspect, and NFL aspect simply aren't something I can get elsewhere. I think the problem with satellite radio is that they have to come up with a way for on-demand management. I think that's possible if they go IP based.

    My drive time listening is basically the same: Audiobooks or news. I'd guess when I'm not listening to Satellite I'm listening to AM radio (talk) more then anything else.

    I guess I'm the odd duck here ;) But I know of a few others who picked it up just for baseball/football. In comparison to what I pay for DirectTV Sunday Ticket.. which I only get to see some of, it's a great buy.

    JMHO.
     
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    I care so little about satellite radio that I barely got through half the article.

    I'll stick with my ipod.
     
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    Well, I broke down and got an "add-on". Purchased an XM Skydock and mated it with a new 32 Gig iPod Touch. Looks and works well. I just need to give the antenna a better install. One small problem is that I hear a hum using the aux connection between the Skydock and the radio. Shielding issue?
     
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    I'm just like Dave. My used car had a built in three month trial subscription and it just didn't do much for me. I listened to it a few times and that was it. I'm going to give the receiver to my dad and get an HD receiver. The local oldies channel moved their playlist up to mainly '70s music, but their HD2 channel still plays the '50s and '60s and I love it over the internet. It does have a limited playlist, but a one-time cost and the ability to listen on the road will be great.
     
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    They might survive?
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2010/02/25/sirius
     
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    I never went back after I cancelled in early '09 until a couple weeks ago.
    Installed the app on my phone and signed up for a one week free trial.
    after a few days of hearing all the same music I heard three years ago i found myself only listening to
    Howard Stern for the last few days of the trial.
    It was all the same old boring stuff that they have apparently been playing since the merger.
    Pretty sure while going through the channels I saw two maybe three local stations
    from several major cities being simulcast on Sirius.
    So apart fro Stern I didnt find anything to listen to.
     
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    I think Satellite Radio works out very well for these markets:

    You love sports. Live sporting events from multiple feeds is a great, great find.. especially if you drive a lot.
    You like Political or News-Talk stations.
    Your a big fan of X

    In the end, for me, it's the access to news.. and football. I find myself driving a lot on Sundays, and being able to listen to the home radio call - which I prefer greatly over the TV call in almost every case can be a big benefit.
     
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    I would pay for it, i wont pay their ridiculous sub prices
     

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