Months After: A Look at the Sirius XM Merger

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Sirius and XM merged nearly a year ago, and it’s been exciting to watch the two giants in satellite radio integrate and overcome merger issues. Though satellite radio receivers remain largely divided into XM receivers and Sirius receivers, subscribers of both satellite radio services have enjoyed much enhanced programming for the same monthly fee. Here’s a look at why the Sirius XM merger has been great to satellite radio listeners.

More Exclusives Than Ever
Perhaps the coolest effect of the merger has been the shared exclusive programming between Sirius and XM. A number of exclusive channels and programs have been integrated into regular Sirius/XM lineups for no additional subscription costs. XM radio subscribers gained access to channels like Bruce Springsteen E-Street Radio, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Radio and Eminem’s Shade 45 among many others. Sirius radio listeners have been treated to an enhanced lineup that includes Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour, Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure and B.B King’s Bluesville, in addition to a list of other offerings. Exclusive programming with some of the most renowned names in the music industry has been a staple of satellite radio’s success and now there’s more for everyone to enjoy. This is clear progress.

Best Of Both Worlds
For years, listeners had to choose between the two satellite radio services or pay double the cost to get both Sirius and XM. Though both providers offered similar music offerings, they varied in terms of sports and entertainment coverage. Choosing one service over the other was essentially a compromise. No matter how comprehensive you thought XM radio was, there were likely one or two programs on Sirius that you wished you had access to, and vice versa. In an ideal world you’d have it all.

The ideal world arrived and the merger cut out the compromise. With “Best Of” packages, subscribers got all the most prominent programs from both services with just one Sirius or XM subscription. Listeners of XM radio have finally been able to access Howard Stern, as well as NFL games, NASCAR Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio and Playboy Radio. On the other side of the coin, Sirius listeners have been treated to longtime XM exclusives like The Virus (Opie and Anthony), Oprah & Friends, PGA tour, NHL and NBA games. Though the “Best Of” packages cost a few more dollars a month at $16.99, they’re well worth the money for anyone who wants the complete satellite radio experience.

Tighter Channel Lineups
Though you may not be that excited that the name or format of your favorite station changed a bit, the merger between Sirius and XM has inspired a good, hard look at the channels that are offered and the best possible choices for listeners. Many XM and Sirius channels were redundant, covering the same genres, so with the merger has come a fine-tuning of channel lineups to provide the most optimal service possible. As channels have been altered or combined, the listener has received the best listening experience possible.

What This Means for You
If you’re already a satellite radio subscriber, then you already know how great the merger has been. You have more channels to listen to, more subscription/programming options and more interesting personalities on your dial than ever before. If you haven’t yet subscribed to either service, the merger is even more exciting. No longer do you have to debate the pros and cons of Sirius vs. XM. You can now purchase whichever satellite radio receiver you want with the confidence of knowing that you can have access to all the programming that you desire. The choice is now clearer than ever before.

Got a SAT Ready Stereo Head? Need a Cheap Converter Kit?

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So you finally ran out and bought that nifty new car that you have always wanted and now you are faced with one new dilemma: how do you attach your existing XM car radio to your SAT ready stereo head? No worries, there is a relatively easy fix for this common issue, and it will not cost you a monthly payment equivalent either. And while you will have to commit to spending the money on the kit that you need, and roughly an hour on installation, you will save yourself a grip of cash over having to invest in a new XM satellite receiver for your vehicle.

What you need is the Audiovox XM Direct 2, an XM car radio converter kit that allows you to easily wire your SAT ready stereo head to your existing XM receiver. And the best part is that when you order it online, at select locations, not only will you get everything that you need to be thumping to those 170 channels in no time at all, but you will also get all of the necessary compatible cables that you’ll be needing. You can easily find this kit for around $60-$120 online; always go with the best deal. Below are the features that come with this handy converter kit, which comes with a quick install manual that anybody can use.

Features include:
• Turns your existing car stereo head unit into an XM radio
• Direct connect option offers true digital sound
• Includes expansion port (pass through capable) for connecting additional manufacturer devices (i.e. CD Changers and Ipod adapters)
• Works with the XM Mini-Tuner, a portable subscription cartridge that holds the radio ID. There is no need for you to pay for multiple subscriptions.
• Programmable adapter allows you to download and update software via web or CD-ROM
• Web based download capability to ensure we are using the latest software
• The solution requires: Internet connection, USB 2.0 port, Microsoft IE 6.0 or higher. Microsoft Windows XP Compatible.

Welcome in a New Era with XM’s Extensive News Coverage

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A new era is upon us. Without getting overly-political, suffice it to say that there is a changing direction in the course of our nation. The extent and nature of this change remains to be seen, but as a nation we’ll all be watching and waiting. The election and term of our first African American president is a monumental event in the course of our history and we should all pay heed.

While realizing the magnitude of political change is easy, following it regularly can become quite difficult. Life doesn’t wait for you to sit down and read the newspaper or watch CNN. Sometimes there’s just too much going on in your own life between work, family and other obligations to pay the proper attention to the outside world.
Why not give yourself every opportunity to stay current and keep abreast of breaking world news and events? XM radio brings the most comprehensive coverage of news, politics, current events and analysis available in the audio spectrum.
A glimpse of the unparalleled coverage XM radio provides, available right now on your Audiovox Xpress EZ:

Fox News
BBC World Service
C-Span Radio

No more having to stay up all hours of the night searching the web for the latest news or trying to catch a glimpse at the paper on your 5-minute coffee break. XM radio brings the news to you whether you’re at home, in the car, at the office or on the move. You can always stay connected using any XM Satellite Radio Car Kit, Home Kit or Boombox. No longer will you be the odd man out in conversations about the latest political events, you’ll be starting the discussion.

Although XM radio has been bringing you music for years, its utility doesn’t stop there. Turn the dial of your Delphi SkyFi3 up to the 120s in the car, using your car kit, or in your home, using your home kit, and get the coverage you demand. Hopefully this new era of hope will be all that it’s cracked up to be and more. Regardless, you’ll know exactly what’s going on and be a better citizen for it.

A Look at Three Go-Anywhere XM Solutions

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Whatever your price range, there is an XM boombox out there with your name tattooed prominently to its side. XM boomboxes are the go-to solution for the seamless XM lifestyle that will carry your tunes from the living room, to the backyard, to the park and beyond. There’re simply no limits. Here’s a look at our 3 top models.

Belkin Portable XM Audio SystemThis baby brings a new meaning to portable. Designed to be simultaneously rugged, lightweight and water-resistant, the Belkin plays music anywhere and everywhere. Don’t worry about conditions: Belkin has you covered. For the spec-freak: pack 4-in woofers and 13 mm tweeters worth of range into this 2-way package and you get full sound that will handle everything from Metallica to Mozart with truth and precision. After all, an inexpensive boombox doesn’t need to mean cheap sound. Best of all, Belkin’s versatility applies to the receivers it synchs with as well as the places it travels—Roady XT and Audiovox Xpress models, and even the Pioneer Inno or Samsung Helix with a separate adaptor.

Audio System for SKYFi2 and Roady XT Receivers SA10201Let’s face it—you’re not an audiophile; you simply want a portable solution to play music. A light price tag and lack of frills are the characteristics you use to measure your choices. Assuming you’re rocking a SkyFi2 or Roady XT, this audio system is for you. Under $60 and all the sound and performance you need, this player keeps it simple and functional. It’s also quite slim and lightweight so it won’t bog you down.

Altec Lansing XM3120 XM Powered Audio SystemEver want XM radio right in your office? Of course you did. The Altec Lansing XM3120 is the solution to get it there. Designed specifically to sit on top of a desk, the XM3120 is a compact, convenient solution for your office needs. Whether it’s the desk at home where you do your bills or the office cubicle where you grind out the day, XM radio will surely make your tasks less intimidating. It works with the Roady XT or Audiovox Express and uses digital amplification and bass enhancement to provide optimum sound. Neodymium 2” drivers power the sound waves. So fire yourself up and knock out cold calls and invoices like there’s no tomorrow.

All systems come standard with the equipment that you’ll need. A power adaptor will allow for plug-in (batteries can also be used for portable applications, not included) and a home antenna will allow for quick set-up and signal reception. Within minutes of receiving your package at the door you’ll be hooked up and ready to go anywhere.
So drop the chains. Life is restricting enough, music doesn’t have to be. All our XM boomboxes provide a simple, inexpensive way to transport the world of XM music anywhere that you go. Once you’ve gotten a taste, you’ll wonder how you ever lived stuck in one place.

College Football—Just one More Reason to Sign Up for XM today!

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You know the score. You’ve been patient. You’ve watched baseball, Olympic diving and AVP to help fill the void. You’ve gone over your honey-do list once, twice and even a third time to clear your Saturdays, for the next few months. Meanwhile, you’ve compiled stats, information and analysis, building your way toward the perfect fantasy team.
Your wait has finally been rewarded—college football season is well underway and every Saturday now brings a thrilling new lineup of rivalry games, marquee matchups and BCS rank-shuffling.

You’re no one team wonder, though. You don’t just want to watch your alma mater, local college team, or whoever happens to be playing; you want it all. After all, you didn’t spend all that waiting and anticipating just to watch 1 game a week.
No matter how many games that the networks and sports channels run, there’re always teams and match-ups that you’re missing out on. Sure, you could order an extensive cable college football package, for hundreds of dollars. You could spend even more ordering games one by one. OR, you could spend just $12.95/month on XM satellite radio. That’s right—the same XM radio that has revolutionized the way you get your music over the airwaves also carries live broadcasts of college football. And you’ll still get all the music, news and talk programming that XM radio is best known for.

XM radio has all the major conferences covered—every SEC game, PAC 10 , Big 10, ACC, Big East and Big 12 coverage. With over 15 dedicated college sports channels carrying games every Saturday, you’ll have the games you want right at your fingertips. Two can’t-miss games on at once? Not a problem. Watch one on TV and follow the broadcast of the other with XM radio. You can do this all day, week after week.
XM radio’s college football coverage is huge for out-of-market fans. If you’re one of the millions that lives in a state or metro-area other then where you went to college, you know how frustrating it can be not having access to your team. With XM, you’ll get all kinds of out-of-market games without being prisoner to network coverage or forced to pay hundreds for a few games. Follow your team as closely as the days when you’d pound half a keg and stand out in 20-degree freeze with no shirt . Only this time you won’t be sick for the next week.

One last consideration—unlike TV, XM travels with you. If you’re stuck taking that 3-hour trip to visit the in-laws on Saturday; it’s no longer your worst nightmare—you can bring your game with you. Save the argument with the wife—you’ll only be losing that one anyway. Grab your XM receiver and listen to your games the entire ride. You might just consider taking a separate car to save any bickering over the station (you’ll probably lose that one too). Once you’ve arrived, sneak out during the 4th running of your father-in-law’s story about his latest huntin’ trip and listen to the next game. Better yet, bring in your XM receiver and quiet the ol’ man down with some quality football time. Genius.
In the end, every football fan wants the same thing: games, games, games. XM radio helps you get just that. Sign up today and see all the coverage that you’ve been missing out on. Just be quick about it—Saturday’s just a few days away!

Harley Heaven: XM Satellite Radio for Motorcycles

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Freedom. That’s what it’s all about. All you see is wide open road spread before you converging toward an undisclosed point on the painted blue horizon in the distance. It’s a point that you’ll come to know soon enough. A full tank of gas and nothing between it and you but smooth asphalt and clean fall air. Life doesn’t get any better.
At least that’s what you thought. The desolate silence of the road was great for the first 300 miles. Now it’s maddening. Some music would be nice. Dozens of channels of commercial-free music would be even nicer.

Not a problem. XM radio is right there with you. Yes, you can get XM satellite radio for motorcycles. It’s pretty simple, too—the satellite radio provider offers some easy options for motorcyclists, making your bike just one more place to listen to XM. All it takes is an inexpensive motorcycle mounting kit and you’ll be able to mount your XM receiver to your bike and listen to the rich programming that you know and love. Take solace in knowing that no matter how far your ride takes you, you’ll always have the music you want. Don’t expect to hear the same song twice, either.

Mounts work with classic receivers such as the Delphi Roady XT or Audiovox Xpress EZ. Most are pretty straightforward handle bar mounts that will take mere minutes to set up. A bracket holds the antenna securely and a 12V cigarette plug will power you up. Other after-market accessories like amplifiers will make enhance XM even further.

If you don’t want to mess with the integrity of your ride, it’s no problem. XM radio offers a variety of portable receivers like the Pioneer Inno and Delphi SkyFi3 that you can drop right into your pocket. If you happen to be riding through a deep canyon, these receivers also double as MP3 players. You’ll never be without music again—unless you choose to be.
XM radio feels your style and knows a thing or two about freedom too. Freedom to listen to music and not commercials. Freedom to listen to the music you want to hear without the garbage you don’t. Freedom to ride cross country without crossing over local broadcasts that turn Zeppelin into faded bluegrass. You get the picture.

Get your XM radio hooked up before your next ride. It’s just a few steps away. Just don’t listen too loud. There’re still others out there that might like to enjoy a quiet ride. They don’t know what they’re missing out on.

Top Three Reasons to Buy an XM Receiver Online

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Getting an inexpensive car XM satellite radio is actually fairly easy these days, if you shop online. Many people rush out the to local retail store where they are forced to absorb the store’s costs of operations, just to get the XM car radio that they want. But getting a good deal on car XM satellite radios is almost nearly never found in a local retail setting. The best places that you will always be able to find the XM receivers that you desire is online—where you will find the best deals to be had on any XM products that you want.

If you are still not convinced that an online platform is the best method of approach, let me convince you further. Just as the XM radio offers ease of programming, zero commercials and some of your favorite stations and shows, all at the click of a button, shopping online for the XM satellite radio you want is nearly the same. One-button-clicks purchase the radio you desire, and you save a fortune, time and hassle in the process. Here are three more reasons.

1. No lines, no trip to the store and you save personal time. No wasted gas, you can just hop online, from your home, in your pajamas if you so desire, and shop for and purchase the XM radio that you desire.

2. No sales tax. In most cases the websites that you will be buying the XM products that you want are not going to be based in your home state. What this means is an increased value and savings by x-ing out the state sales tax on the item.

3. More selection, better prices and generally free shipping. You read right, you will not have to absorb the retail freight cost that is added to the purchase price. There is always more selection online, and the prices will almost always easily beat out the retail markups. Finally, you will most often get free shipping on your purchase!

Not Convinced XM Satellite Radio Is For You? Hit Replay and Listen Again.

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It’s not news that XM satellite radio provides the cushiest listening experience out there– huge playlists, no commercials and variety in programming formerly reserved to $150 cable packages. It’s a dream for anyone who has diverse tastes, doesn’t want to hear the same song every other hour and simply enjoys programming without the obligatory pitches for car and truck blowouts “of the century”. Even traditional FM broadcasts have caught on and designed more listener-friendly programming (although they’ll never touch XM). You just can’t argue with the model.
During XM satellite radio’s rise to infamy, one receiver pushed its way to the forefront of the market—the Delphi SkyFi. The SkyFi’s basic, straightforward operation; sleek, portable design; and ease of set-up earned it an obvious rank as a market leader. With Delphi XM Home Kit and Delphi XM Car Kit available, one SkyFi is all it took to keep your broadcasts flowing wherever you wanted to be. Pulling the SkyFi out of your living room and transitioning to XM car radio was a breeze, taking mere minutes. So, how do you improve upon near-perfection? The Delphi SkyFi2 scoffs at your 3rd grade English teacher and answers with a question: XM satellite radio is so good, why not replay it? That’s correct; the SkyFi2 offers a unique function that automatically records the most-recent 30 minutes of programming. You can then pause, rewind and replay this programming. Don’t want to run to the bathroom while your team is up at bat? Don’t worry about it. Hit pause and the game will pick up right where you left off. Want to hear that catchy song again? Hit rewind and replay it.
In addition to this sweet playback feature, the Delphi SkyFi2 has a few more tricks up its sleeve. It has a built in ticker, allowing stock quotes and sports scores to scroll across the top of the display; a brighter, more legible screen; and a wireless FM connection that allows you to use an unused frequency on your car’s FM to transmit XM (rather than using hard wires and jacks).
Still not convinced that the $100 Delphi SkyFi2 and $12.95 per-month XM subscription is worth the money? Consider this—170 channels of programming, including a station for every musical genre imaginable. Enjoy regional Mexican hits? Tune in to 92. In addition to music, you’ll get news stations, talk and sports– follow the broadcasts of your favorite out-of-market MLB teams; XM has a station for every game. For $12.95 a month. Done deal.

XM Subscriptions Well Within Reach for All

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If you thought that you could not ever possibly afford to have the lofty 170 channels of commercial-free radio that is offered when you sign up for an XM radio subscription, think again! These days nearly everyone can easily afford an XM subscription—they are that affordable. One year XM subscriptions start at just $11.87/Month, which is pretty easy to pocket considering that it amounts to less than forty cents per day.

Buy a two year or a three year XM radio subscription and you will save even more cash. A two year runs about $11.33/Month, and the three year plan starts at about $9.99/Month. Getting your hands on an affordable XM radio is pretty easy to do these days as well.

You can get the Audiovox Xpress EZ XM Radio Receiver for you car—well priced online for about $39.95—at select online retailers only. So now that you can get an XM receiver for about $40 and you know that the subscription will run at most, forty cents per day, it’s the 40-40 challenge.

Forty bucks gets XM radio in your car, and forty cents per day pays for the service!

Below are the subscription details.

Plan Effective Monthly Rate Savings Equivalent Save %* XM Radio Online
Quarterly $12.95/Month n/a 0% FREE
1-year $11.87/Month 1 Month Free* 8% FREE
2-year $11.33/Month 3 Months Free* 13% FREE
3-year $9.99/Month 8+ Months Free* 23% FREE
* as compared to $12.95 monthly rate

More Reasons to Get an XM Satellite Receiver Now!

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Of the many reasons why you should start enjoying 100s of channels of commercial-free satellite radio, there are few that easily sit at the top of the pile. Reasons that should cause most people to want to add the many listening benefits of XM radio to their wish list. If you thought you could not afford to get XM satellite radio in your vehicle think again! It’s really gone down in price as the technology has advanced and the XM satellite receivers have become more affordable. But if you were still not convinced, here are three more reasons why the time is ripe to add XM satellite radio to your car.

XM has just recently announced that they will be merging with the other satellite radio giant, SIRIUS. This means that all users will get to enjoy the option to select channel and syndicated radio show from both providers. You will have more choices in content and subscription plans. If you are happy with the current XM Satellite Radio Programming, you can keep the $12.95 plan. If you want both XM and Sirius content, you will have that option too. For only $4.00 extra per month you can pick channels you want from both providers.

XM receivers are super affordable right now. For example, take a look at the Delphi SkyFi3 XM Satellite Radio Receiver – a well priced and fully featured XM radio that offers plenty of awesome features, like storing up to 10 hours of radio shows in the onboard memory, and other features like Artist Watch, where it lets you know when your favorite artists and songs are playing. Well priced at SELECT online retailers for about: $69.95.

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