Rob (shinzakura) wrote in xm_radio,
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The Aftermath

For those of you who got jarred by the whole Sirius XM merger/traffic jam that occurred the week of the 10th, here's a taste of how really polarized the situation is.

CNN reported the issue and got (as of this writing) over 450 comments in regards to it.  Very few were positive.  All are saying pretty much how much the combined company has screwed the pooch on this one and how much customers on both sides (but especially XM) are looking for the doors.

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/12/goodbye-xm/
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Ayup. All of my favorite channels are gone. 1/1/09 I cancel.

gibbie69

November 13 2008, 12:51:12 UTC 8 years ago Edited:  November 13 2008, 12:51:46 UTC

I'm probably doing similar. I actually had Sirius for six months when I bought my new car. As soon as the trial subscription ran out I had an XM receiver installed. Like many of the comments in the posted article I found Sirius playlists too shallow, too commercial and the whole thing much to close to terrestrial radio.

Fine Tuning is gone, the 70's appear to have switched to the Sirius playlist, Cinemagic on hiatus for the *1* holiday channel this year, and POTUS changed from news and analysis to moderate commentary. And Scott Walterman's gone.

I don't see any reason for me to stay. This makes me very sad, I've been with them for a long time now.
What I specifically don't get is why, other than cheapness and sheer laziness, they think having some half-dozen channels that are nothing but a single artist's songs is more important than continuing channels like The System.
I'm cancelling xm after 4 1/2 years as soon as I get an ipod, which should be before xmas.