So yesterday marked the end of an era for me. I cancelled my SiriusXM subscription. In doing so I realized I was only 4 months away from having subscribed to it for 10 years. I really enjoyed my time with satellite radio and wouldn’t have a problem recommending it to others if it meets their needs. More and more, it wasn’t meeting my needs.
I think satellite radio is falling behind the times. I can get a much better tailored music listening experience with my Xbox Music Pass, which I’ve been using for years since it was called a Zune Pass.
FYI, the Xbox Music Pass is finally platform agnostic. Before it was limited to Zune devices, PCs and Windows Phones. Now you can get an Xbox Music Pass on Android and iOS, too. Finally!
The only things I’ll miss from SiriusXM would be the unique talk content (Opie & Anthony) and Dan Patrick in the mornings. But Dan Patrick is actually available on AM Radio and, more importantly, same or next day podcast. O&A also have a weekly podcast which covers recent and classic breaks of their show.
More and more I’m ending up listening to podcasts during my daily commute. So, ultimately, that’s how my listening habits have been naturally changing over the past year. Several times in the car when I could be listening to SiriusXM I was actually listening to a podcast or streaming music over Xbox Music.
So, it’s with a heavy heart but not a heavy conscious that I cancelled yesterday. They really drew first blood when they cancelled On the Rocks a year after I joined the service. (Footnote: When I was trying to initially decide between Sirius and XM (clearly, this was pre-merger) it was the fact that XM Radio had a Lounge music station. I was in the middle of a big Lounge kick at the time. That was the sign I needed to make my decision.)
Goodbye satellite radio – I’ll miss you.