I’ve been a very happy XM radio subscriber for over 4 years now. Recently, the two sole providers of Satellite Radio in the US merged. So now its Sirius/XM. But really it’s Sirius with XM’s name attached to the end.
All my XM radio staples are gone, replaced with the watered-down Sirius equivalents. My “Lucy” is now “Lithium”, “Fred” is now “First Wave”, “Fungus” is history. The 80′s and 90′s channels remain but now they have DJ’s, which I cannot stand. I already have the time, artist and song title on my radio display. There is absolutely nothing else a DJ can say that I would be interested in hearing. At least they are still commercial-free.
Its been long known that XM’s playlists were much wider than Sirius’s. I loved that I could listen to a channel like Lucy (80s new wave through 90s alternative with the occasional early 2000′s song thrown in) and still hear stuff that I either haven’t heard in years or have never heard before! Now you got Sirius with their “Lithium” channel with just plays your 90s alt-rock staples, and “First Wave” which plays the 80′s new wave music. It replaced “Fred” which was a similar genre but would play a lot of more obscure stuff like Soft Cell, Modern English, Flock of Seagulls and Missing Persons songs OTHER than the one or two hits they’re each known for.
I think I should just invest in an ipod already. RIP XM.