Comments on: Sirius XM subs hate/love channel mashup Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: BNicely Tue, 28 Jul 2009 00:36:13 +0000 Hey out there…If your Sirius Radio receiver and dock ever gets stolen out of your car don’t expect Sirius to stop the thieves from revving your radio back up. Sirius will continue to make money any way they can which is why they won’t flag your radio’s ID#. They don’t care where the radio came from or that yours was stolen, they just want the money. Seriously.

By: JC Thu, 02 Jul 2009 01:55:44 +0000 I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the XM / Sirius merger. I started out several years ago as a Sirius subscriber. LOVED Area 33 and a couple of the other techno / industrial channels. When they did their merger of channels and stations at the end of 2008 I lost almost ALL of my saved stations. The ONE channel I still listen to is Area and that’s now 38 in Sirius. I LOVE their hosted programs (like Robbie Riveria, Zoltar, Groove Radio, Tiesto’s Club Life, etc) but what they have on between the shows sucks now. Fortunately, I have found almost all of their hosted shows have free podcasts available every week for download. My solution is download the podcasts and play them. Sorry Sirius, you lost big time. Bye, bye.

By: William Thornton Wed, 03 Dec 2008 03:45:04 +0000 I don’t get it. XM and Sirius promised FCC that they’d retain existing service, in return for the FCC’s approval of the merger. Here’s what they promised:

“Current XM customers will continue to receive their existing XM service, and be able to obtain select Sirius programming. Likewise, current Sirius customers will continue to receive their existing Sirius service, and be able to obtain select XM programming.”

By: Marie Mon, 01 Dec 2008 11:42:17 +0000 I was SURPRISED when the merger happened. (Great notification XM Sirius) but tried to have an open mind. Insipid is the word that comes to mind. Elvis 24/7? Grateful Dead? Led Zepplin? Buffet? They took great channels like Fred, Lucy, Ethel and replaced them with channels that sound like they came off of the WWF. Holiday channels this year? Let’s see there’s Holly – where you can hear Ray Conniff. There’s Traditional – where you can hear Ray Conniff. There’s Bing – where you can hear Ray Conniff. Where’s the alternative Christmas channel? Vox is gone. It’s been replaced by the Met, which, quite frankly is limited by comparison. I have three, count’em three, Ipods and no less than 15,000 songs at the ready and it’s FREE. So Long XM you SIRIUSLY suck.

By: L.Bel Sun, 30 Nov 2008 05:26:01 +0000 When the switch first happened, I had an open mind about Outlaw Country. However, I’ve been disappointed. I have heard Waylon Jennings everyday, usually more than once. This is not what I was used to hearing on X-Country, which played emerging alt-country artists and tons of live recordings. In my opinion, Outlaw Country is most similar to Willie’s Place, which did make the cut for some reason. If X-County doesn’t come back, I’m going to cancel my service.

By: SaintJay Fri, 28 Nov 2008 19:06:55 +0000 I couldn’t believe my ears! I tuned into my favorite XMCafe, or so I thought, and all I heard was NOT XMCAFE. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I finally tuned into the XM channels on my satellite TV. I have been a customer for 14 years with the TIVO and the “everything” package paying $ 100.00 plus every month, but I had CDs so I thought “who cares?”. When I finally got into it I was so thrilled I searched for a pair of vintage ADS speakers and was so looking forward to setting them up to listen to XMcafe. I thought it was such a great channel I was going to get a XM system for my husband’s law office and for my car. Finally, finally I was no longer at the mercy of the FM. I’m just stunned and disappointed.

I sat here today and went through channel after channel looking for something that sounded like the cafe – Spectrum doesn’t even come close and all that talking on the Loft! I turn these ADS beauties up LOUD and it’s so jolting to hear an insipid announcer yapping away at that volume. These people are crazy to alienate their customers – doesn’t sound like they can afford to lose ANY customers.

I’m going to find a way to stream Slacker to my tuner. I now use Sprint Mobile Broadband for our home computers. I just was made recently aware that this service must have built a new tower close to my house and service is superior to my satellite PC service. I was finally able to tell Hughesnet to take a hike. It cost me $ 400.00 to cancel but it was worth it. They are another example of a company that cares nothing about their customers. We were customers for about 10 years with a bill of about $ 70.00 per month. Finally the service got soooo bad, we had less than dialup speeds (8 kps). Calling customer service, which is outsourced, did absolutely no good at all. The techs are a joke through even the 3rd tier of support – I never got to 4. They just read their scripts and tell me how sorry they are. I finally moved to their new satellite and upgraded the service to $ 115.00 a month. Their was nothing else I could do, or so I thought. I only mention this to illustrate how people will vote with their feet if these companies pay no attention to them. XM/Sirius Can you say “Bye?”


So sad in the midwest.

By: jay Fri, 28 Nov 2008 17:17:30 +0000 i am totally upset about the new lineup. i recently relocated from the east coast to Houston, TX and the FM hip-hop stations suck. XM was a great alternative. I loved Mzz Kitty. It was rather shocking to tune in and hear all new personalities. It appears all of the XM hip-hop channels were dropped and replaced with Sirius channels. The new radio personalities are boring!

Truly, I will not be renewing my subscription. I will simply shift the money I was paying to XM over to T-Mobile. I have found myself talking a lot more on my mobile phone while driving to avoid the dreadful FM and now XM channels.

By: Riroon Mon, 24 Nov 2008 22:09:06 +0000 Simple explanation as to how NOT to do a merger. XM was a service mainly for the eclectic music fan. Sirius’ niche is talk radio and sports.

With the merger, Mel K. attempted to pigeonhole both camps in a ‘one size fits all’ bandwith. With limited space to work with, instead of courting the fringes of both services — those who’s interests are NOT being served on terrestrial radio — he kept those stations with the broadest appeal.

What he forgot was that those listeners who cared for ‘the broadest appeal’, could usually be served by terrestrial radio.

For us on the ‘fringe’, we feel jilted at first, get p.o.ed when we call to cancel, and rejoice as we take our subscription $$ and use them instead to fill our iPods.

(FWIW — I have a very good friend/bandmate who is in love with the whole 80’s Alt scene, and turned me on to FRED. In his living room, all four walls are covered with thousands of CDs — imports, rarities, obscurities. I felt like, the first time I heard the ‘equivalent replacement’ of FRED, ‘1st wave’, that someone burnt down his collection, handed him a single Wal-Mart ‘New Wave’ compilation CD from the bottom of the bargain bin, and said…’What you mean it’s not the same?’

It is my understanding that disco, classical, latino, alt-country, blues and punk lovers all got the same treatment. But we got Springsteen enemas 24/7!)

By: james Sun, 23 Nov 2008 03:23:34 +0000 I to was shocked and dismayed by the abrupt and callous manner in which the “changes” occured.Having been a huge xm fan for years,telling people don’t get sirius,it sucks compared to xm.Several of my favorite stations didn’t make the cut,x country, replaced by outlaw country, truly no comparison there as there is nothing outlaw about itexcept that maybe Dallass, Mojo and the rest of those clowns should be locked up for totally selling out to mainstream Nashville and calling it outlaw.I called to cancel my subscriptions but was given 3 months free to see if I could find somthing that I liked.I listened toX country ,beyond jazz ,xm cafe ,deep tracks (changed),bluesville (intact).So far I’m not to impressed with the new stuff, my i pod is warming in the wings.

By: Danny Sun, 23 Nov 2008 00:53:01 +0000 I’ve already contacted SIRIUS twice about their huge mistake. I’ve been a subscriber for around 8 years now and am very peeved. My one and only favorite BOOMBOX was one of the casualties of this merger. Do we really need 23 rock only stations rehashing the same stuff under different programing and 4 stations dedicated solely to 1 artist????? That’s not counting the 40’s – 90’s music stations!!! They keep telling me they play Boombox music on Altnation but I have yet to hear a single one. I’m back to flipping through the channels with nothing that satisfies. Great going SIRIUS.
As soon as I can find an online station I like it’s good bye SIRIUS. I have a hard drive with all my favorite Boombox songs on it in the mean time. Boombox was a TRUE ORIGINAL PROGRESSIVE station.
If they thought this was the answer to their financial problems they were idiots. All they’ve done is alienate and disappoint long time faithful subscribers like me SIRIUSLY.
You know the DJ’s said they weren’t even notified their shows were being cancelled. I contacted DJ Icey on myspace.