Can I add a dissenting voice to all of the dissent?
It may be because I live in what has to be the worst radio market in the US, but I love my satellite radio. I got hooked on it in our new car and signed up for a year. I have since added a XMp3 and I can now listen in my office which is awesome. I hope to figure out how to get the XMp3 installed in the car soon.
Now I will grant you that most of the changes since the merger have not been good ones. The reduction in classical channels hasn't affected me yet. Even though it constitutes a larger and larger percentage of my music listening, I'm sure I'm not the aficionado that some of you are. I haven't tired of the channels yet and they are more variety than I had. Still I do understand. My wife recently got me a CD because of some work she heard on one of the channels before the merger. I doubt she would've heard it with the new lineup.
I love that I can once again listen to ESPN radio. I really like Tirico and Van Pelt. I also like having access to the BBC and other news channels. Then one of the main reasons I got satellite to begin with is for 164 (the OTR) channel. Fortunately it appears to have survived the merger well.
On the audio quality issue, I'd say that I understand the complaints as the quality can vary quite a bit, but most of the music channels I listen to seem to be pretty good. It's better than the FM I can get here. Is it my SACD stuff? Of course not, but it is serviceable.
Now the inane DJ banter...that has to go and I agree with Ron and his comments on the issue.
May I share a post-merger anecdote? I'll assume that the answer was yes. I did have some problems activating my new radio and after the first call they asked if I would like to take a customer service survey. "Just stay on the line and you'll be connected." Click. Dial tone. I chuckled.
Well the activation never did work so I had to call back and spend more time on the line getting the problem solved. "Would you like to participate in our customer service survey?" "Sure." Now I actually had a few constructive comments I wanted to pass along. Click. Dial tone. Who says customer service and value suffers when competition is reduced?