What specifically brought you in as a subscriber?

TSS Taylor

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When you originally got satellite radio what brought you in?

For me it was Howard Stern. If he hadn't of signed I suspect I would have gotten it later though.

How about you? Was it a convenience of a new car? A program you wanted?
 

snakester

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When you originally got satellite radio what brought you in?

For me it was Howard Stern. If he hadn't of signed I suspect I would have gotten it later though.

How about you? Was it a convenience of a new car? A program you wanted?

Fungus and O&A on XM. Then two years down the line I heard about Faction and picked up Sirius.

The first strike was them getting rid of Fungus.
The second strike was them ruining Faction.
The third strike was the billing mistakes. Now I don't have it anymore, and I live with my phone streaming apps. Truthfully, the only things I miss are Ellis and O&A.
 

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For me it was something new and exciting. I had listened to Stern for awhile on FM, when I could get it. Also, I just had more interest in commercial free radio, uncensored radio, and channels of genres. All around I knew it would be a great experience and something to get in to.

When I got my first radio, the Sportster, for Christmas 2004, it gave me a new hobby. I loved installing and moving radios, trying to find FM direct adapters, helping out others, selling Sirius to whomever I could, etc...

Now look where we are.......

Great thread Taylor.
 

TSS Taylor

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Fungus and O&A on XM. Then two years down the line I heard about Faction and picked up Sirius.

The first strike was them getting rid of Fungus.
The second strike was them ruining Faction.
The third strike was the billing mistakes. Now I don't have it anymore, and I live with my phone streaming apps. Truthfully, the only things I miss are Ellis and O&A.

I remember Fungus. But never heard it.

Good response. Let's just have the reasons why people got it. I think we need another thread explaining if people canceled the reason why. Thanks for the idea.
 

snakester

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I remember Fungus. But never heard it.

Good response. Let's just have the reasons why people got it. I think we need another thread explaining if people canceled the reason why. Thanks for the idea.

You do that and I'll definitely post in it :). I was the biggest XM and Sirius cheerleader back on SBS. It took a LOT for them to finally do me in.
 
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HecticArt

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Boombox. ;)

I was getting lousy fm reception at work, and would get bored to tears with CD's or MP3's for 10 hours a day. Some friends had XM, and I liked how deep the set lists were and how many stations there were to choose from. They lent my their XM radio for a few weeks, and I listened to the free trial subscription of Sirius for a few weeks too. (I cheated and switched email addresses several times to keep the trial subs running.) Ultimately, I liked the music on Sirius (Boombox, First Wave, and Alt Nation) best, so I subscribed and bought an S50.
 

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Bought XM for Ron & Fez.
Bought SIRIUS for Stern.
Listen to them all, and O&A, Bubba & Ferrall. Music & Sports is cool too.
I am just an old radio freak.
 

Skorobeus

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I like to drive long distances (through several states) for vacation, visiting friends, etc... And I absolutely HATE searching for new FM stations every time I cross from one area to the next.

Plus, amusingly, the fact that there was a channel that played nothing but Spanish music 24 hours a day, even though I had no intention of listening to it. I know that sounds kinda weird, but it was the fact that there was so much content there at my fingertips that really sold me!

I've been a member since 2003, and I'm actually still using a first-generation Kenwood Sirius tuner in the trunk of my car!
 
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semipenguin

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The ability to drive for hours and never have to change the channel ;)

NASCAR Radio also helped :)
 

shabadoo25

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I got it for Stern, but love it also for the following reasons:

1. the classic rock stations
2. the "cool factor" of the technology
3. it's an absolute must for someone who is in their car a lot for a living
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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I got XM for Xmas 2005 from my wife (sort of). She asked me if I would want it. I thought the hardware looked cool and it was worth a try although I didn't see why anybody would pay for radio. Went down to Best Buy and picked up an Airware. I liked the idea of listening on the way to work.

Once I started listening ... I was addicted. I haven't looked back.
 

goreds2

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XM Major League Baseball dedicated channel and play by play plus the decades channels.

I discovered Opie and Anthony later on. :Smiley_wink:
 

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I was looking for a good quality replacement for a cheap mp3 player with an FM tuner that died on me after a couple of months use.

Looking online for reviews on mp3 players with a radio tuner, I saw some entries on the Stiletto 2 (SL2). Everything looked sexy about the SL2: the ability to get live signal in a portable setting, the ability to schedule recordings (no need anymore to download and transfer podcasts, etc.), the ability to get Wifi signal when satellite signal is not available, ability to store mp3s, ability to love songs. The size was small; in Canada, it came with a car dock included! The home dock wasn't too expensive. It looked like a dream come true! To this day, a year and a half later, it remains a dream come true. That's so unlike my usual experience with electronics, where the honeymoon ends within a few weeks.

As soon as I turned on the SL2, I got addicted. The quality of both music and talk channels was far superior to my initial expectations. I didn't wait and I got a lifetime subscription.

I just wish more people discovered Sirius/XM, and that Sirius/XM did a better job supporting their material (fixing the memory bug on the SL2 and fixing the channel logos). Thanks to the SBS and now DRC channels, I was able to learn how to avoid the bugs and discover new talk shows on Sirius. This is probably the main reason for the continuing honeymoon. :)
 
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Steel Cranium

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Remix, then Boombox (both gone). Howard kept me there (probably soon to be gone). Not much left, unless programming is improved by next December.
 

Jon

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Stations like Cross Country (gone), Luna (gone), and Music Lab (gone) kept me around. Now I find the same content on Slacker and other services. FM Radio sucks ass around here, except for the public stations and I avoid those during the beg-a-thons. Next purchase will be a compatible FM transmitter for the iPhone to use in the car.
 

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Howard (I listened to him a decent amount at the time), football, and I also heard that the rock stations were a little better than XM's. Combine that with not getting good reception from normal radio due to living in a rural area and me hating listening to commercials, satellite radio was the best option for me at the time.