It's Been A While...

Discussion in 'SiriusXM 2.0' started by Tristan, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Tristan

    Tristan Member

    Since I have had Satellite Radio. I started this Satellite Radio appreciation thing back in 2001 when I saw this commercial in a movie theater before watching American Pie 2.

    I moved to Indiana and started college and got obsessed with a now defunct site known as clubxm.com. I was one of the moderators on that page. I would probably go read some posts from that site now and think I was a dumb kid back then. Crazy to go look at the wayback machine. XM Satellite Forums - Forum Index

    My first Satellite Radio was a Pioneer GEX-P900 GEX-P900XM - | Pioneer Electronics USA

    It was pretty epic to my 18 year old self having radio coming from space to my crappy 1993 Plymouth Acclaim. But it was in the days before podcasts or mp3 players. Smart phones really and it got me away from the country music stations that seemed to take over the very odd area of the country for this West Coast Seattle kid. Not having much money I would try and take advantage of the Friends and Family programs from XM Satellite Radio. Had a Delphi SkyFi then a SkyFi 2. Got an audiovox unit for Sirius as well.

    ClubXM had kinda gone the wayside with sites like SiriusBackstage.com and XMFan.com. I got asked to join the team with SiriusBackstage.com and had a great time donating time to them. We actually got to go to New York City and have some meetings with Sirius. Eventually I kinda just fell out of the loop and not really looking at Satellite Radio again for a long time.

    Fast forward to today I bought a new car and I get a year of Satellite Radio again. Still baffles my mind that Sirius and XM are now one company. The DJ's I used to love on XM Radio spending a lot of time listening to 90's on 9 and BPM XM 81 are now gone. BPM is now channel 52 which seems bizarre to my mind. I think my biggest loss was XM 27 Cinemagic. I used to listen to that all the time.

    I remember XM Channel 150 was the Comedy Channel on XM and they had this great programming director. But then he got caught up in a mess of doing bad things with children. I remember I would e-mail XM and I would get a phone call back to discuss things. It was a crazy time in the early 2000's.

    So I'm giving this Satellite Radio thing another try this time to see how it goes. Will it replace the Bluetooth connection between my car and my phone for music choice. It's hard to tell being a week in. But I'm looking forward to seeing what Satellite Radio does for me. I'm considering picking up the traffic package with my Satellite Radio since that could be handy on the navigation.

    Hope everyone that I used to chat with back in the day is doing well and staying awesome.
  2. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Tristan!
    Good to see you. It's funny how things look over the years. The things we expect to stay the same, the things we expect to be different, and then what they really turn out to be. We're still plugging along on the legacy of the Backstage. It's quieter these days with less new radios and major programming development on the satellite side. While we're still satellite, we're open to pretty much anything entertainment too. I hope you hang out some more and offer some observations from your perspective checking back into the scene.
  3. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    I think in my case it'll just be something else to listen to on top of FM and my music streaming services. My next car stereo will be the best of all possible worlds with Sirius, CarPlay, Bluetooth and HD Radio for the locals I still do listen to. Those do exist but they're $700. That can wait until I trade this Fiat in for an AWD sometime before NEXT winter. Great car for summer, sucks in winter.
  4. SISO

    SISO Member

    Things aren't as exciting as they once were for sure. Programming is relatively set (though the One Hit Wonder channel is a fresh idea and I think GREAT), new radios are a thing of the past (remember the hype about the S50 and Stilett0?), and the shock of Howard has subsided. The exciting thing was that we were a part of something new and innovative, that's gone. I still prefer Satellite Radio, I could live without it sure, but I would rather not. For nearly 10 years I've been a happy subscriber.

    Hope all is well with everyone.
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  5. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    Good to see you SISO.

    Hope you're doing well too.
  6. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    Satrad certainly has lost its 'lustre'. Still great to have. I have rental car for weekend which has satrad but not activated. I do miss it in the car. All I really listen is in car and recorded AT40 or 80s countdowns on my SL2 now.

    One note to OP, xmfan.com is still there. A shadow of its former self but it is still there.
  7. Tristan

    Tristan Member

    I recently recovered my XMFan.com account. I was never really a big part of that site. I had a brief stint with the owner of that site and were going to try and launch XMDude.com but that never really took any shape. I had a chance to get in on XMFan.com as an early moderator. I went the way of SiriusBackstage.com which was a fun experience. All the moderators at the time got a trip to New York City and had a good time checking out the city back in 2003.

    Crazy to think I started this whole Satellite Radio obsession back in 2001 when I was going to college in Indiana. This Seattle kid really missed his non country and non christian stations and Satellite Radio was refuge when 56k modems and spending 20-30 mins downloading 1 MP3 was the norm. But these days I walk around with a computer in my hand and can have a song in a few seconds.

    I still on the fence about keeping the Satellite Radio. I like it but I don't $15-$20 a month love it. When you got everything on XM for $9.99 and $2 extra for the Playboy Radio channel it was an interesting time. But not sure if it's worth it these days when I pay $9.99 a month for Google Play Music and get the added bonus of YouTube Red.
  8. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    If the deciding point is price, when it comes time to renew call their cancellation department. You can get deals particularly if you tell them just that it is not worth $15-20/month.
  9. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

    Still with XM since Dec. 25, 2004.
  10. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    Hi goreds2!
    Welcome back..
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  11. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

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