Think of your favorite music or discussion topics, piped into
your home or car in digital-quality, crystal-clear sound. And
then think of your favorite format with absolutely no commercials
- no used car salesmen, no fuel company ads, no heavy rotation
ads hawking every possible product or service all the way to
work and home again - all your favorite stations available twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week, with no static.
Whether you love fifties music or reggae, conversation from
right wing pundits or Air America, or even 'round the clock
comedy, Satellite Radio is it. The purchase of a satellite radio
and a small monthly fee will open a whole world of ad-free radio
listening to you.
XM Satellite Radio offers over 150 digital channels in formats
specializing in music, sports, talk, and entertainment, plus
21 channels dedicated to weather and traffic patterns in major
metropolitan areas around the U.S. XM offers the deepest music
playlist available, with over 2 million titles. For $12.95 a
month (less if you opt for an annual contract) and the cost
of an XM radio (anywhere from 50 to 200 dollars, after rebate)
you will have an amazing range of music formats to choose from,
from Decades to Classical to Urban, from Jazz and Blues to Latin,
World, and Christian. Channels for kids are available as well,
plus a variety of sports, talk and comedy formats.
Sirius offers over 60 music channels plus a wide variety of
other formats, including football, soccer, and even horse racing
channels. The "World" music options are a bit more edgy than
the XM offerings, and offer music from all over the world, including
Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Central Europe
and Asia. Musicians range from the Rolling Stones to the Gypsy
Kings and Khadja Nin. Both XM and Sirius offer channels which
give emerging artists a boost.
Sirius offers a variety of radio systems, including a Plug and
Play kit with adaptors for your car or home radio, only $29.99
after the rebate; the systems go up in price and complexity
from there. Subscriptions start at $12.95. Right now Sirius
and XM systems are not compatible.
Owners of conventional broadcast radio stations have expressed
concerns that the commercial-free satellite stations will cut
into their listenership and, as a result, their ad revenue;
but the proponents of satellite radio feel that won't happen.
There's plenty of room for free local programming offering local
and regional news and events announcements. With this thought
in mind, both XM and Sirius offer radios which can be connected
to home or car radios without interfering with their regular
operation, for the best of both worlds: free local stations
keeping the listener up to date on happenings in their community,
plus the best in music, talk, and sports from around the world.