XM Satellite radio has had a rather tumultuous history. You can click that link to read up all about the rollercoaster of events, ending in 2009 where XM was planning to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. You will absolutely not believe all the cash that was thrown around concerning the service over the years. Everyone took a bath on it, so to speak.
Just for kicks, I looked up the current incarnation of XM satellite radio, SiriusXM, and checked it out.
The first link I clicked on was “How Much Does It Cost?”, and right off the bat the company is evasive and will not give you a direct answer:
Okay.. thanks for the poor excuse for not telling the price up front, Sirius.
Let’s try Subscription Options and see if we can get a price there.
Hm. Still no price. Let’s try “I have a Sirius radio” and see if that brings up anything that will tell me how much this service will cost me.
No wonder they won’t put the price on the home page. $199 a year just for radio is pretty steep.
On that same page, the cheapest monthly offering is $14.49 a month with a big fat asterisk next to it, which is explained in itty bitty light gray text as “Additional Fees & Charges: Early cancellation fee may apply. Prices do not reflect applicable taxes, fees and charges.”
Wait-wait-wait… there’s an EARLY TERMINATION FEE for this? Are you KIDDING ME? Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.
So the question at this point is: Is the service worth the price?
If you’re a sports fanatic, yes. Otherwise, no. You do get radio feeds from NFL, NASCAR, MLB, PGA, ESPN and others, and for a sports fan that would be worth the price because it would be very difficult to combine all those radio feeds using other methods.
I do not see anything SiriusXM offers other than the sports stuff that anyone would actually want, except maybe the Talk & Entertainment which includes Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony, and Playboy Radio. (Playboy has radio? Evidently they do.)
Do any of you out there still use XM? I know a few readers here are (or were) subscribed to the service. Is it (or did it) work out well?
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