XM is now 12.95/month unless you sign up for a 2-3 year contract then it goes to 9.95/month. Sirius is the same, they give you a month free if you prepay for a year, or you can pay 499.99 and never have to pay again
I have had XM for about 3 years and its pretty good. Sirius was talking about streaming video in the future (a year or so ago). Not sure where they are taking this. XM's current satellites arent capable of doing video, where Sirius' are. Food for thought. Its pretty cool overall. XM has more music, Sirius has more sports (not by much but a few more).
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I've had XM for a few years now. I can't imagine life without it. I've got a Delphi SkiFi receiver hard wired into the stock stereo with a Blitzsafe adapter. It works great, and can be moved into my pickup or home. I'd be happy to send pics of the BMW installation, if you'd like.
I just got XM with my new car, and it's pretty cool...
However, it's just like satellite TV, if it gets cloudy and nasty out, you lose your signal. Not cool if you live in a place that gets that way quite often.
Just my $.02.
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I have XM and it is pretty good. Be warned though that if you don't listen to every type of music out there it can be frustrating. There is probally 4 or 5 channels of each different type of music, be it rap or rock or country. I like it I listen to it alot. Also if you have a sub system, or after market system at all, it will sound really nice, unlike regular FM radio.
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I'm leaning toward Sirius. I hope I can get reception at work. Our labs are pretty far out -- our Internet HAS to come in through satellite. I think it is worth it for $13 a month. The lifetime deal from Sirius is just too tempting. $500 pays itself back after 3 1/4 years -- I think we will still have satellite radio around then.
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Sirius will have Stern in January. If your a fan that should be enough to make up your mind. I have Sirius in all 3 of my cars. When you are at work you can listen to it on the internet as long as you have a broadband connection. I recently drove home to North Eastern Wisconsin to see my fam and I would have been miserable without it.
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