I already voted once and the poll won't let me vote again, but I took delivery of my second XLR today and it also has the XM radio installed and I subscribe to the service. When you tabulate the final figures, you will need to add one more in that category.
You MAY need to alter the Poll format so that people can provide more than one response to the questions.
In my case I would NEVER put the XM antenna on the car AND I will not subscribe to the service either. I have a BIG hang up about paying for radio that you can get for free. As for travelling, I will listen ot CD's or the local stations in the area.
I undrstand that XM Radio is losing money BIG TIME. Will it ever make a profit or will it go under? THESE ARE SERIOUS QUESTIONS !!
I've got to defend XM on this one, keeping in mind that everyone is entitled to their opinion...
First, XM is not just like regular radio. I haven't heard a commercial since Feb 1st. While with FM radio, I most of the time gave up trying to find music I liked and changed to a CD. With XM there are seven music stations and six talk stations that I really like (over 100 channels total). For ex-DJs, it is heaven!
As for the pay per listen argument, unless you 1) don't have satellite TV / cable TV and 2) don't buy music in any form, I'd claim you are already there. Now I'm sure that there are people who truly don't buy any music but I can't imagine there are a lot.
There are a lot of subscribers and XM renegotiated loans last year (as did Sirius) so they should be in good shape for a number of years. XM is also getting ready to launch a third satellite (first was Rock, second was Roll, so I don't know what the third will be called). Sirius has less subscribers than XM.
The sound quality on XM is much better than FM but not as good as CD.
Bottom line is that from the way I look at it, XM is no more like FM than HBO-HD is like the local NBC analog station.
Since I already have XM installed in my home and second vehicle (Delphi Ski-Hi) the fee to add a second unit on the account works out to $6.99 a month. I'd pay twice that and more to eliminate the annoying commercials. And as others of stated, your most likely already paying for similar venues of entertainment.
I added ab external sirrius radio to my XLR. I have XM in my other cars but wanted to try Sirrius. Stations are better, will carry NFL Fottbal-XM will not. Only complaint is XM signal is better than Sirrius
I had Sirius on a couple of Hertz rentals in Connecticut last year. On several difference occasions, while driving down the parkway (with tall trees on the side), I would intermittiently lose signal. I suspect the satellite is so low in the sky it is blocked out by the trees in that situation at that latitude.
Have not had similar experience iwith XM, but I am mostly in DC area now.
The Sirius loss in Conn. is interesting. The three Sirius satellites don't orbit in a geostationary position. Instead they orbit in a modified Molniya orbit in which the spend a great amount of time over the northern hemisphere and little over the southern hemisphere. The penalty is, of course, that they are further away from Earth when in the northern hemisphere.
The Sirius constellation was designed to make sure the northern service area was always covered (which is why they have three satellites). So that they are having small outages is somewhat of a surprise.
XM relies on two (soon to be three) geostationary satellites. XM also uses more ground repeaters than Sirius. I know there must be a pretty good one(s) in the Houston area because I will receive an XM signal in a multistory parking garage.
Since Sirius and XM are now both commercial free, is the main difference the monthly price?
SIRIUS AND XM BOTH ARE GREAT COMPANYS........THE SERVICE IS GREAT......
I HAVE XM AND SIRIUS BOTH IN AN 2002 DEVILLE.......LISTEN TO SIRIUS MORE...
AS FOR THE XLR I WILL BE PICKING UP SOON , IT HAS XM AND YES I WILL ACTIVATE IT AND INSTALL THE ANTENNA........................
BOTH OF THESE COMPANYS HAVE BEEN GOOD INVESTMENTS FOR ME OVER THE LAST 24 MONTHS..............THANK GOD I DID NOT KNOW OF THEM PRIOR TO THAT TIME FRAME...........BOUGHT IN AT THERE LOWS...............
XM IS ACTUALLY PASYING FOR MY XLR............ :cool
I love the XM, and all the choices. I wish they had Radio Margaritaville in their programming, but don't as yet. Its a small price
Variety is wonderful, and the radio doesn't lose the station during a cross country.
The only drawback: We live in a heavily wooded area, and have spotty reception when the SW sky is obstructed with trees. You'll experience the same in Downtown areas where there is a density of tall bldgs., overcast skies, and mountainous areas, etc.