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post #1 of 28 Old Apr 4th, 2010, 10:17 am Thread Starter
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High Cost of XM Radio

My renewal is coming due next month. I have three XM Radios. The notice I received with the new pricing has made me reconsider whether I really need XM radio. There is a new US Music royalty FEE. The royalty fee is $21.79 for the first radio, and $10.68 for the next ones. When you add that to the subscriber fees of $142.45 and $98.89, you are into the pain level.
So, I am going to go the MP3 route.

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I gave up on XM too. Make sure you get and keep a confirmation number when you cancel, then watch your statements for unauthorized charges.

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Re: High Cost of XM Radio

Had the same going on with Sirius, but after telling them I wanted to cancel they came back with a half price deal which I accepted (still very expensive for both my wife's and my bikes). I think next go round I will do a mp3 type of thingy. If you cancel do it in a e-mail so you have proof, I had a problem in this area.
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Buh-bye XM Radio! Hello Pandora and Slacker!

I finally got rid of my last (of 3) XM subscriptions last month. Of course, it was supposed to just end without a charge, but those numb-nuts charged my Visa anyway. The rep was nice enough over the phone and I got everything finally closed, refunded, and finalized.

Ever since getting my DROID, I have fallen in love with Pandora and Slacker Radio. Between those two apps, I have all the music, talk, and comedy that a guy can ask for. Love it ... and it's free! (Yes, I pay $30 a month for my data plan. But I was paying that anyway.)
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I just cancelled my three XM radios. It started due to cost and signal quality. But after having to wait on hold listening to their sales and Howard Stern pitches (would rather have been listening elevator music) I had to explain 5 different time why I was cancelling (the XM rep. confirmed 5 times why I was cancelling) then told that I would have to be transferred to complete the cancellation. Again being put on hold and again explaining the reason for cancellation I then told the XM rep. to add a three reasons for cancelling extremly poor customer service.


The thing that I stressed to both reps. was that I wanted to cancel at the end of my contracts one radio has one month left and the other two have two months. Well it was not an hour later that all three radios were disconnected.

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post #7 of 28 Old Apr 13th, 2010, 11:40 pm Thread Starter
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Well, I called today to cancel my subscriptions. They passed me off to a last resort guy. He gave me a good offer. A total of $88 for each radio for the year. This included taxes and the music fee. I will have to call next year to get the better deal if available. So, I accepted. $88 is not in the pain level. I will see what hapens next year.
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if you use the radios daily and enjoy them, then you got a good deal -- way to hang in there for the last resort guy. You gave us all a benchmark to shoot for!!!
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I finally got rid of my last (of 3) XM subscriptions last month. Of course, it was supposed to just end without a charge, but those numb-nuts charged my Visa anyway. The rep was nice enough over the phone and I got everything finally closed, refunded, and finalized.

Ever since getting my DROID, I have fallen in love with Pandora and Slacker Radio. Between those two apps, I have all the music, talk, and comedy that a guy can ask for. Love it ... and it's free! (Yes, I pay $30 a month for my data plan. But I was paying that anyway.)
I've been listening to both of these for as long as I've know about them on my PC, but how do you get them on the bike?

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I've been listening to both of these for as long as I've know about them on my PC, but how do you get them on the bike?
With my Motorola DROID on Verizon's network. I have unlimited data and can (and DO) listen to Pandora and Slacker ALL DAY LONG at work, in the car, on the bike, and at home. My recent trip down to the Smokies (STC 2010) proved that my data connection far out-weighed XM's quality. Mountains, trees, tunnels ... none of that could stop my data stream.

IMO, satellite radio is soon to go the way of the dinosaurs.
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Yup.. Keeping my money... cancelled ALL of my "subscriptions".

I told them.. "I don't want to support some of your "channels."

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Yup.. Keeping my money... cancelled ALL of my "subscriptions".
I told them.. "I don't want to support some of your "channels."
Was your satellite radio stuck on one of those offensive channels?
Do you have Cable TV, or Satellite TV, or an internet service provider? If so, don't they have content/channels available that could also "offend" you?

Not ALL content from a given provider will please every customer...and that is why you can simply change channels or not visit certain internet sites, etc. Nobody forces anybody to listen to anything....so I always find it rather interesting to hear about people being "offended" by something, then boycotting the technology as a whole because of it...instead of just changing the channel, or going to a different internet site, etc. Don't mean to sound offensive here mate, as it's obviously it's your prerogative to cancel for whatever reason you want.
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With my Motorola DROID on Verizon's network. I have unlimited data and can (and DO) listen to Pandora and Slacker ALL DAY LONG at work, in the car, on the bike, and at home. My recent trip down to the Smokies (STC 2010) proved that my data connection far out-weighed XM's quality. Mountains, trees, tunnels ... none of that could stop my data stream.

IMO, satellite radio is soon to go the way of the dinosaurs.
Thanks Joe - I agree with what you are saying about satellite radio. Might be why the stock is so cheep... Wire line telephone is another. In the future, the majority will be ISP. A lot is already......

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Well guys, I feel your pain! I have both XM and the other one, Ser... some thing And I hate it. As I travel all 48 states and all of Canada it"s a must for a truck driver.The cost is way to much and will be dropping the Ser some thing because of the poor customer service.


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I have a HTC Evo on order for Friday (Sprint's version of the Droid). Based upon what I've read, I should be able to stream Pandora/Slacker/Last FM via bluetooth to my Scala G4.

If it works, my Sirius is a goner!

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Pandora? please explain...


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Re: Buh-bye XM Radio! Hello Pandora and Slacker!

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With my Motorola DROID on Verizon's network. I have unlimited data and can (and DO) listen to Pandora and Slacker ALL DAY LONG at work, in the car, on the bike, and at home. My recent trip down to the Smokies (STC 2010) proved that my data connection far out-weighed XM's quality. Mountains, trees, tunnels ... none of that could stop my data stream.

IMO, satellite radio is soon to go the way of the dinosaurs.
I have a 'Droid Incredible on order that I'll be receiving in the next week. I'm also planning to cancel my Sirius subscription and use Pandora or one of the other internet based radio solutions.

I do have a question, though. If you do lose your signal (I have Verizon), I assume you have to pull out the phone and re-open the browser to get your radio station back?

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I have had my XM for 10 years. If I could just get the Fox News Channel to come over my Droid I would drop the XM in a heart beat.

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I bought a lifetime XM Radio subscription two years ago while on one of my trips to the US for a bit less that $500. It allows me to transfer units 3 times. I have a older water resistant INNO that I transfer between the bike and my other vehicles. I found the cost per yr was way too much as my main use is for travelling.

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I have had my XM for 10 years. If I could just get the Fox News Channel to come over my Droid I would drop the XM in a heart beat.

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I have read many stories about how bad XM is. Well may be if you have a cell phone which does not cost a body part for roaming data, and have a cell phone provider that gives you service everywhere you go then you maybe have an option with internet radio. Anywhere within 3000 KM of where I live you can not count on cell phone service on the road let alone having a data roaming plan that you can afford. I prefer to listen to news, weather and talk radio with a bit of music mixed in. So internet radio or MP3s just don't cut it. XM means I get to listen to what I want where ever I am (in Canada and the US). It works, yes it costs but look at the cost of high speed internet, cell pjones or cable TV.

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the only problem i found with listening to your favorite radio station on your smart phone is it eats your data up quickly . so unless you have unlimited data plan xm might end up being cheaper.
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This has been a good thread for me. I have been unhappy with my Droid X2 being able to stream Pandora (which I love) and tune in radio (which has a huge variety of radio).

Maybe it's just Verizon not having full coverage in Northern MI but the streaming music stops and buffers so much it is very frustrating. Because of this I've been thinking of adding a gps/sat radio system to get uninterrupted music. Now I will rethink this option.

What I find weird is that often I will be listening to music in a rural area and it seems fine but when I get closer to a town where you would expect better coverage the music stops and has to buffer. Can anyone explain this to me??

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What I find weird is that often I will be listening to music in a rural area and it seems fine but when I get closer to a town where you would expect better coverage the music stops and has to buffer. Can anyone explain this to me??
Cell service isn't just a coverage issue, it is also a capacity issue. The way you get service while traveling is one tower hands you off to another tower. If the tower you are going to is busy you will get a service interruption for things like streaming data ( music) while voice has natural gaps and you might not know you had an interruption.

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XM/Serius won't be in business much longer....

But, If you actually use it. You can get a pretty good rate by trying to quit...

88 bucks a year isn't bad if you use it... I just didn't ....Got rid of mine a long time ago..

Spend a couple hours getting all your favorite music converted to mp3 and get a player.. They're as cheap or as expensive as you want to go...

I've got a Sansa and it's got a little video screen on it.. And it was cheap enough..

I can get it up to 16 GB of data on it... That's a lot of music.. I think I've used 2 gb after three or four years having the thing...

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I have a lifetime Sirius subscription, which does me absolutely no good. I've had two radios. Each one worked for a while, then stopped working. Sirius was absolutely no help, despite all of the blogs complaining about this inherent issue. I finally just gave up. IHeartRadio, Pandora, my FM headset radio, and my iPod fill the bill. I don't think XM/Sirius will be around much longer.

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