Originally Posted by timjohnson1717
I know they are hunting for subs. They called me everyday for months trying to get me to sign up when the freebie sub ran out in my car. I never even used the free sub, why pay?
I was a loyal XM customer back in their golden era, signed up in the end of 2003. I remember the transition to commercial free, and the sound quality. I had it in the car, fed to a Pioneer deck, couple 10" subs, and JBL 6x9's. Better than most car stereos were.
Anyway back then the audio was touted as CD quality, and it was close, there were better dynamic on the CD, but their content sounded great. It sounded great until they started cramming garbage onto their whopping 12.5mhz of bandwidth. I didn't want MLB, traffic, weather, or any other bloated crap. If anyone remembers the selling point was that they were not your local station, they were about the music. I remember no DJ's, just a ton of diverse content. That lasted for a few years and it was all downhill from there. The audio quality nowadays is nothing compared to their heyday.
Now the quality has decreased, and many stations are top 40 crap, DJ noise, and a useless bunch of channels I don't want.
I remember those days.
I remember when they (I think it was Sirius, at the time - I've had both since 2006 or so) started in with the DJs and I looked at the stereo in the car and thought, "What the F- is this?"
Then there was that period, around 2008 or 2009 where they started advertising on their ad-free music channels... but it wasn't advertising because it was for Sirius/XM (to get you to buy another tuner or something - it was advertising).
I have a few lifetime subs that I still listen to in my car but, you're right, the sound quality isn't what it was back in the day. It feels more like having a transistor radio lying around that still works and you use it in the garage.
They went from something I used to highly tout to something I rarely talk about. I certainly don't recommend it to friends. No one I knows talks about them.
If you deal with customer service it's always some kind of game.
They should have never been allowed to join (Sirius & XM) and they've ruined something that really started out as pretty great. Even with them joining they're just making that worse:
- They're letting Sirius satellite (polar orbit - great for vehicles) die out
- We're nearly 10 years out from the merger and the extra bandwidth is still duplicated signals.
The way that they treat the satellite side makes me think that they see the writing on the wall and in 10 years no one will use satellite and everyone will just stream everything (and then they're going to be the AM/FM like stations they were meant to replace in the public's eye - kind of already there, now).