What made you choose?

HarleyJoel

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Originally, the sound quality made me choose XM. Then the music selection made me go to Sirius (glad to see they greatly improved the sound quality) but then Stern anchored me there.
 
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I've been a sirius subscriber since 2003 and the only reason that I chose Sirius was they had the NBA back then. Now, I could care less about listening to the NBA. I'll take the NFL and Stern anyday.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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In 2005, my wife asked if I wanted a satellite radio for Xmas. I was looking for an portable radio. XM had the Airware and MiFi available. Sirius had the S50 but it was not available anywhere I was looking. I looked at both lineups. I knew very little about satrad just that my father-in-law and brother-in-law had it in the US and liked it. They had XM. I liked both MLB and NFL so I would have one of those depending on my choice. I went with the portable Airware and became an XM subscriber.

Sometime later I discovered XMFAN and then SBS a bit later. In 2007, I had to work some Sundays at work so I was missing the NFL. I started thinking about a cheap Sirius radio for the office. I also was reading SBS and listening to experiences of other Sirius subs particularly dual subs. Then I was at a McDonalds one night and they were playing The Bridge. I fell in love with the channel and on that night becoming a Sirius sub changed from "if" to "when". Then the SL2 was released. I decided I would get one but it would be contingent on my Xmas bonus and availibility in Canada. Luckily both conditions were satisfied on 12/06 and I bought it that night. The rest is history.
 

MadisonRadio1

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For me it was price. I was always interested in satellite but couldn't fathom the thought of paying subscription radio, let alone paying $150-$200 dollars on a receiver. Then I found my first Sirius radio with a home kit in clearance for $37. So I gave it a try and thought it was great. I then found an XM radio in the bargain basement for $8.00 which I still have.
 

ClubSteeler

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Stern....

Homer Steelers announcers.

NFL Radio.

and hearing non-stop from family and friends, "Man you need to get Sirius."
Of which I would reply: "My commute to work is 15 minutes, what a waste of money it would be to me." So my dad forced it upon me, 1 year pre-paid as a Christmas gift. Now I listen constantly and waste my life reading stupid message forums about it.
 

semipenguin

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In 2002, it was NASCAR that made me choose XM over Sirius.

In 2005, I added Sirius to my XM because I wanted to see what Sirius was all about before NASCAR moved to Sirius. It was also a great way to find out what was better or worse with Sirius and XM...:)

In 2007, NASCAR arrived to Sirius. I has both for a while, now I only have Sirius.

I'm thinking about canceling all my Sirius Subs except for my Lifetime Sub and start an XM sub again. The Best of Sirius is a lot better then the Best of XM...:(
 

Allanon

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I chose Sirius over XM because it had CBC (137) and Radio-Canada (94) news (I'm Canadian). I was looking for both music and news. The music channels seemed relatively equivalent (on paper). For me, news was more important than Hockey (NHL).
 

Bandwagon03

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I choose Sirius back in 2003 for a couple of reasons:

1-Got the Hardware for free with a prepaid year sub.
2-At the time XM was still running commercials on their music stations (before the Clear Channel Stations) I couldnt fathom paying for a music service AND listening to commercials.
 

semipenguin

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I choose Sirius back in 2003 for a couple of reasons:

1-Got the Hardware for free with a prepaid year sub.
2-At the time XM was still running commercials on their music stations (before the Clear Channel Stations) I couldnt fathom paying for a music service AND listening to commercials.
Yeah but XM was only $9.95/mo back then...:confused:

Plus it was only like a 30 second spot for Wrigley's gum or something like that per hour...:)
 

TX WJ

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I got Sirius in 2002 over XM because of Commercial Free Music channels. XM had / has some channels with limited commercials. If I am paying, I want no commercials.

I had XM as well for awhile, but I found that I didn't like it as well, but they do have better variety of talk than Sirius.
 

Argji

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Back in 2005, the wife and I were flipping thru the Sirius channels on Dish Network and happened upon First Wave and she got excited that this was the type of music she loved in high school and college. To me it was almost brand new since most of it was never played on radio here in Oklahoma. Plus we really enjoy the other Alternative stations also (Left of Center, Alt Nation, etc)

Since Oklahoma City radio is horrible and we lost the only Indie/Alternative station available around that time (long live The Spy!), we purchased a Sirius receiver for her car. A couple of years later, we bought another for mine, plus I listen all the time at work online and thru Dish at home. I did the free online trial of XM, but we just stuck with Sirius.

I can't ever see returning to terrestrial. It's dead to me.
 

Bandwagon03

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Yeah but XM was only $9.95/mo back then...:confused:

Plus it was only like a 30 second spot for Wrigley's gum or something like that per hour...:)
Haha, I remember reading on XMFAN back in the day, some posters SWORE that they actually ENJOYED the "commercial breaks" lol!

Funny, those same people got awfully excited when XM DID go commercial free, was it early 04? I think so..
 

PEnGUiN188

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I got sirius cause of Stern and I liked Channel 60s new country better than highway 16. Pretty bad reasons, I know.
 

semipenguin

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Haha, I remember reading on XMFAN back in the day, some posters SWORE that they actually ENJOYED the "commercial breaks" lol!

Funny, those same people got awfully excited when XM DID go commercial free, was it early 04? I think so..
Yeah, it was something like that. It was kinda cool because now we (meaning the XM Nation) had just as much commercial free music as Sirius, but it cost $3.00 less...:)

Had I had the money at the time, I would have locked myself in at $9.95/mo when they raised the rates up to $12.95/mo in 2005...:(