Originally Posted by Ltlabner
Ok, this has likely been hashed over before, but with the rapidly changing pace of technology I thought I'd ask the question again.
I traded in my Volvo V50 on a vechicle better suited to my needs and wonder of all wonders, it actually has an aux jack into the stereo. Loved the Volvo, hated the stereo with no earthy means to input an outside signal. Now inputing a static-free satalite radio signal will be a piece of cake. (FM transmitters are pure junk).
Anywho....which service is better?
How is the coverage? I travel mostly Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. I know this sounds daft being that it's satalite, but my GPS unit sometimes gets a weak signal, especially when in the valley between bigger hills/smaller mountains.
Which has better programing? I can find music anywhere, but I'd want to be sure to get ESPN radio, and MLB baseball games during the summer months.
Do you have to pay extra for "premium" stuff like MLB ballgames, etc?
Any techinical issues to be warry of?
Lastly, which one is going to win the satalite radio war? Or is the technology to hear both at once right around the corner?
Thanks in advance!
To answer a few of your questions there is not an extra charge for MLB games. They are part of the subscription price with XM. If you want MLB you definetly want XM like Unassisted said they are the only ones that carry MLB. Even if the merger goes through XM will continue to carry MLB.
I really have never had a technial or coverage issue with my XM radios. XM411.com is a website that has a store where you can get some good deals on XM radios. Other than a lot of stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart carry them but this website has some of the best deals you will find and they ship really fast. You can also order from XMRADIO.com
Just make sure you get a unit with a car kit to plug into your car. You may want something like the Inno which is a portable unit that also lets you record XM programming.
As far as which of the services will survive it is kind of hard to tell what the effect will be in the merger does or does not go through. We should have an answer on that merge I believe by the end of the year. If the merger does go through supposedly they are working on radios to receive both services.
So hopefully that answers some questions if you have any more about XM let me know.