: > It's your choice whether to buy it or not, whatever works for you.
: > However,
: > I'm not paying for anything that I would otherwise get for free. For
: > XM
: > has so much more content than I can find on all the AM/FM stations
: > combined
: > in Chicago. Being in my mid-40's, there are no AM/FM stations that play
: > only 60's, 70's or 80's music - without commercials. All the stations
: > my
: > area combined don't play the diversity of music that XM (and I assume
: > Sirius) have to offer. There are no comedy-only radio stations. There
: > are
: > no all-MLB, or all NASCAR (not my style, but it's very popular), etc.
: > stations. There are no AM/FM stations that I can listen to throughout
: > entire driving vacation. And certainly not with the clarity of
: > radio.
: > Like I say, if you don't want the service, there's nothing wrong with
: > that.
: > Just don't kid yourself that you can get the same content for free,
: > because
: > you can't. It just might not be worth the price to you. The fact that
: > is worth it to me doesn't make me less than bright.
: It absolutely is not worth the price to me. Just like paying extra for a
: warranty that the manufacture should and DID in the past. provide at no
: additional cost, with their products.
: Instead of the sponsors footing the entire bill, now they are getting
: from the sponsors and directly from the listeners too. All they have
: is repackaged the same old shit, sold it as something new and improved,
: suckered a bunch of otherwise bright people into paying for what they
: otherwise get for free, abracadabra.
: It will work just like HBO and Showtime did, sell it as a great
: NO COMMERCIALS. Get the mindless cattle hooked, add the commercials back
: in, raise the rates 6-10% per year, now you have network TV for $60+ per
: month. Same as TiVo, again no Commercials, fast forward right through
: right, get everyone hooked, what's that? Commercials can't be skipped
: anymore? Surprised?
: Now they have you thinking you can't live with out their content, what a
: shame. That's a better racket than the $5 a day Starbucks one. I'm glad
: you feel you are getting a good deal. It is still a rip-off. I don't
: what they are selling I can live a happy full life without it.
: My point was not that the exact same content was currently available over
: the air waves for free, it was simply that if nobody was duped into paying
: for it in the first place, you could get it paid for by the advertisers
: I'm glad you think it is worth it, as long as you understand the game,
: you know what you are getting, no harm no foul. I suppose you like having
: toll roads along with paying your road taxes too?
: To each his own, enjoy your pay radio.
You do have some really REALLY good points.
If I had a better selection of radio to listen to here -three stations I
think that come in clearly- I wouldn't spend the money.
Same thing for television. We only get one station with antenna so fall
victim to satellite. Well, then if you have it you may as well go all the
Same with internet. We only had dialup for two years. I wrote a dozen
letters, made as many phone calls and now we have DSL. Again, the price is
higher but we get what we want. Not NEED mind you but want.
I seriously agree with you on nearly every point that you made and until
moving to this place refused to pay for TV and would have scoffed the idea
of paying for radio. If I am ever fortunate enough to move from here I will
likely go back to my old ways. Antenna on the roof and free radio.