I have Sirius XM and listen to ch16, The Blend. Only station I listen to, nothing else interests me. The Blend is an adult contemporary channel. Is anybody familiar with the Blend and what is offered on Spotify. I was told Spotify also has channels. Do they have a channel VERY similar to the Blend? My wife tried it once but said you had to make your own playlists.
For me, Spotify at $9.99 and month would be the same price but would allow me to listen anywhere. I have 6GB of data on my cell plan and don't even use 1GB so data is not a problem.
Any input on Spotify channels?
Are you comparing Sirius XM on a satellite radio to Spotify on a phone? Or, are you comparing Sirius XM streaming to Spotify?
In either case, this is what I would. I would drive to a Best Buy near me and buy a Simple Mobile SIM card for $1.00. That includes free 3 months of SiriusXM streaming.
Then, after those three months are over, I would sign up for the Spotify free 60 day trial.
At the end of that trial, assuming you do this soon, you are now in mid-September. Then, simply ask yourself, Spotify or XM-Sirius? You should know by then.
I have Sirius XM and listen to ch16, The Blend. Only station I listen to, nothing else interests me. .........
I was told Spotify also has channels. Do they have a channel VERY similar to the Blend?
I am looking for info from someone who is familiar with Spotify to say yes or no as to whether they have a channel similar to The Blend.
I have been to their website but cannot find what I am looking for and it is easier to hear from someone with user knowledge and can recommend or not if the service is the same or similar.
... for $60.00. You have to play hard ball with them, but if you do, you can get them to knock down their rates significantly. They would rather that you pay them something than to get nothing out of you.
Thanks for the link. Didn't see the answer I was looking for but I'll keep looking
I know that's not one of your choices, but I prefer Pandora over both of your choices. You can select the artists or type of music you like and shuffle them for your listening enjoyment. Just a thought.
I used to have Sirius XM and enjoyed listening to the various news channels they offered. The problem was that unlike the music channels, the news channels were loaded with ads.
I find the sound quality so poor on car reception that I stick to my own playlists from an SD card loaded with flac files.
I've never used Spotify, can't speak to that. I had a free year of Sirius XM with the purchase of my Jeep in 2013. After the free year I did not renew.
Ever since I get monthly begs to rejoin and the price is always inviting but the catch is you have to stick with it for a certain time frame for a steep price. Every now and then I'll get a service done at my local Jeep dealer and I'll get another freebie, two months, after which they cut it off if I don't subscribe, so I activate it.
I'm currently enjoying one of those two month periods. Funny thing though, I didn't have a "service" it was a recall on the airbag system.
Anyway, in all I've had Sirius XM from a total of about two years and nothing has changed. The station I listen to 98% of the time, Bluesville, has a playlist, meaning you hear the same tunes at different times of the day during the week. Once in a while I'll hear a "new" tune but mostly it's the same old thing.
My Jeep has a user hard drive of 28GB, it's got a few thousand MP3's on it, add to that I can play music from a USB stick I don't need to pay for music any more. Over the years I have accumulated over 5000 tunes, I can listen for months and not hear the same tune twice.
Bottom line paying for radio when the only real time I listen is to and from work isn't for me, and without a deal, it's expensive.
A few years ago. Their Rate creep is ridicules, you can play the "Will Disconnect" game with them but it gets old. Plus as mentioned before, Signal Quality was terrible, they "Fuzz it" to get "Info" which degrades sound quality. Not worth the money even after a great rate drop negotiation so finally quit and never regretted
Serius XM has a terrible customer relations reputation. Once they get your credit card number, they make it very difficult to discontinue service. Just Google "SeriusXM Customer Service Reviews" and see what pops up. Of course, like in all product ratings YMMV.
My wife signed up for the initial service when she first got the new car. Gave them her credit card number, even though the trial period was for 2-3 months. When she cancelled they kept billing her card for 5 months even though she called every month to complain. And she kept getting emails every couple of days to renew the service. Finally they stopped billing and refunded the amount.
This year when I got my new car I refused to give them or Onstar my credit card number and after the trial periods I just routed all the emails to spam.
I have all my songs, maybe about 2500, on a USB stick that is always plugged into the car so if I want to listen to music I have stuff I like. I will not do business with them or any other music thing I have to pay for.
I took all my old 33-1/3, CD's and converted them to digital MP3 and picked out the tracks I like to put on the USB.
I can't comment on that Spotify channel, however the standard going rate for Sirius Select is $5/month (plus a little bit for the RIAA fee and whatever sales tax your billing zip code has.) It was $4/month until 2018. Sirius Select includes just about all of the music and news channels, plus Howard Stern etc. It doesn't include many of the sports/premium channels.
If you let Sirius autopay or auto renew you will be charged more than that until you stop it.
To get the $5/month rate do one of the following:
A.) Call up and ask, or threaten to cancel and ask. Try 877-837-6647. They have a lot of phone numbers so you may find another one that works elsewhere on the Internet posted by people doing the same thing.
B.) Get off auto renewal! Then let your subscription run out. Soon you will be bombarded with emails and then letters in the mail offering $5/month (usually 6 months or 12 months at a time, paid at once. I.e. 6 months=$29.99, 12 months=$59.99). Turn off auto renewal a day or two after you do this so you don't forget in 6 months.
It's possible to do better than $5/month for Sirius, but it's becoming more rare. Occasionally they have free trials for expired radios (2-6 months) or $99 for 36 months ($2.75/month).
Item B can be difficult. Several years ago I called them and cancelled the service. They continued billing my credit card a couple of months and when the card expired they started sending invoices in the mail. I of course didn't pay, and they eventually turned it over to a collection agency. After several calls, they finally agreed that I had cancelled the service several months earlier and refunded the money they had charged to my credit card, but the collection agency kept trying to collect for a couple of years and Serius refused to help correct my credit record. Never again will I subscribe.
Satellite radio is better.
Sounds like the old AOL you can never leave deal.
When I had my free year of XM, and each free 2 months after a service, I never gave them a way to bill me, I never respond to any of the US or emails and a few days after the trail was supposed to be over Sirius disappeared as quickly as it appeared.
I heart is a world of it's own...
there are a bunch of news stations on it and there are tons of other kinds of genere's on there.. .
I sometimes use that... so you might try it..
If you want to listen specifically to FOX, CNN, MSNBC or others like that, you might consider getting streaming service...
but with iHeart it takes a while to hunt down stations on iHeart
Never give Sirius an unrestricted credit card for your sanity. Give them a virtual card number, offered by Bank of America, Citibank, Capital One etc.Set the expiration date and/ or limit to your choosing. If you can't do that give them a rebate or prepaid card. You can also pay with a normal credit card number if you immediately switch to something more restrictive after. (Change billing details online or on phone)
The only thing I like about Sirius is the integration with the car’s radio. Otherwise I like Spotify more.
Otherwise at least get SiriusXM because I’m a shareholder. Thanks.
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