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by George Heymann

Sirius XM satellite radio, listen everywhere!

Sirius XM is a satellite radio company delivering a large variety of audio programming. There is truly something for everyone including 130 channels of commercial free music, news, talk, sports, entertainment as well as traffic and weather.

What makes Sirius XM worth having is its premium content. Sirius XM Radio has content relationships with a diverse group of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and others. More importantly for the sports fan, Sirius XM Radio is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, Nascar, NBA, NHL, PGA Tour and major college sports.

For a channel guide with a complete list of programming please see: http://www.sirius.com/channelguide

The downside of the Sirius XM service for me is two-fold: the cost and the limitations on where I could listen. In the beginning, I could only listen in my car with a special separate radio receiver and a subscription. If another family member wanted to listen in their car, it required the purchase of another radio and subscription (although the second subscription was at a slightly discounted price).

The limitations were partially addressed when Sirius XM allowed subscribers to stream content over the internet to their PC.

Today, Sirius XM has for me successfully solved the “where I can listen” conundrum. Besides an array of car radios that now have satellite radio built in, Sirius XM continues to expand its list of compatible web connected devices, including smartphones.

Some of the more capable smartphones and media players have full featured free downloadable Sirius XM mobile apps available. To add a smartphone to a qualifying plan you must pay an additional $2.99 per month.

Listen on these capable  smartphones on the go:

iPhone (2G, 3G, 3GS & 4)
iPod Touch (1st through 3rd generation) ,
iPad & iPad 3G
Blackberry Storm & Storm 2 (9500 series)
Blackberry Bold (9000 & 9700 series)
Blackberry Curve (8500 & 8900 series)
Android (Various including Droid, Nexus One)

Sirius offers a dizzying array of subscription packages starting at $6.99 for a la carte package to $19.99 for Sirius XM ALL-in-One, “all you can eat” on one radio plan. Sirius also offers a multiple-subscription discount available when you link a new Sirius XM radio to your current Sirius XM radio account. Your 2nd through 4th subscriptions cost $8.99 per month for each additional subscription versus $12.95 per month (assuming a Sirius Everything package). All quoted plans do not include taxes which are extra.

Although I appreciate Sirius’s attempt at tiered pricing it suffers from the same problems that the cable/satellite tv package bundles suffer from. The packages are bundles of channels some of which you may not need or want. I would love to see Sirius offer a true a la carte package where the user can select a limited sub-set of channels for $6.99 with the top all you can eat plan toping out at $14.95. Would also like to see Family plans where you could add additional family members for a flat $5/month similar to whats offered by T-mobile to add family members to a cell plan.

The recently released SIRIUS XM Android App is available by visiting www.siriusxm.com/android. After downloading the free App, users can register for a 7-day free trial to SIRIUS XM Premium Online on their compatible smartphones.

The application works great, offers a large finger friendly user interface that offers a convenient way to browse available channels one handed by List, Category or user defined favorites.

I had previously dropped my second subscription from my family Sirius XM account. With the availability for me to add my smartphone for an additional $2.99 where I can listen from anywhere I’m happily part of a two subscription family again.

For more information you can contact Sirius customer service at 1-888-539-SIRIUS (7474) or online at www.siriusxm.com. To see the entire Beyond the Fold issue click here.

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6 Responses

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  4. xXmikerobXx says:

    I’m trying to open forum but sometimes there are no images on it 😦

    (TH) Sorry you are having trouble with some of the images. I went back and checked the images in the Sirius XM story and they all appeared ok. Is the problem with another post? feel free to email me if you have additional problems @ techeadlines@gmail.com

  5. Skin Moisturizers says:

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