Pardon my jumping in ... I listen to both Siruis and XM a lot; I have both at my desk at work. Sirius IS like FM radio especially compared to XM. There is no question Sirius is programmed more by "radio" guys and more of XM is programmed by "music" guys. Read the philosophies of their respective top guys/founders (wish I had quick links to insert here
). XM particularly started with the idea of transmitting nearly every imaginable form of music, but bandwidth limits got in the way (too bad they wound up splitting the available band with Sirius).
I fear "radio guy" Karmazin will push the music guys aside when/if the merger or takeover happens, so I am recording as much XM (Deep Tracks, XMX, Fine Tuning) as I can for future reminiscing about the good old days of satellite radio, much as when I spin reel-to-reels of the good old days of FM.
The one constant in broadcasting is "formats change" - otherwise the "programmers" have little reason to exist or at least allege "progress" - so enjoy now. No matter how popular, niche-wise or overall, a format's 'manager' will have to show the boss he can do better (a Wall Street-driven attitude that's mindless but ubiquitous, and not just in broadcasting).
Don't you wish XM's internet signal was as good as Sirius's (extra price) high(er) bandwidth signal? Had to spring for the extra DirecTV receiver just to get decent sound of XM for home stereo listening (and no XMX dang it).
And no I can't listen to internet radio at work (and agree with the boss's reasoning) and for various reasons FM isn't really listenable at my desk so sat radio or what I bring in with me is it. And the XM signal is solid while Sirius fades in and out - maybe the problem is the Sirius repeater antenna is 17 floors directly above me
BTW I think I will drop Sirius after this year's sub, hoping somehow a decent sat service survives the merger/takeover and Howard is available on XM.
And no an iPod is not the answer - I have a lot of music but I really enjoy not only hearing stuff I don't have but the stuff I do have arranged in ways that never occurred to me. I pay XM to create a listening experience, not just play music I've heard before - with more than "shuffle" intelligence. Sirius doesn't do that for me (alright they do with Raw Dog).