Who Subscribes to SiriusXM? Do You?

Who Subscribes to SiriusXM? Do You?In the recent entry about Todd Shapiro getting his own show on SiriusXM satellite radio, Speysidephil asked who subscribes to SiriusXM.

I personally don't subscribe, but I'm told there are 1.7 million subscribers in Canada. I have two questions for the hivemind...

Do you subscribe to SiriusXM?

If you subscribe, what stations / content to you listen to on SiriusXM?

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Al Reda

I don't pay for SiriusXM because I get great music streamed for free via Songza.

I try not to pay for stuff I can get for free.

January 16, 2014 @ 9:52 AM


Yup… I subscribe. I have it for the car and I stream it at home on my Sonos system.

Main stations I listen to are:

1st Wave
Classic Vinyl
Hits 1 when my son and wife are in the car
The Pulse
and sometimes 90's.

I'll also tune into the sports channels the odd time depending on the event.


January 16, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Al Reda

Good point... if you don't subscribe to SiriusXM, please leave a comment telling me why.

January 16, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


What do you pay?

p.s. Tell your wife her package just arrived!

January 16, 2014 @ 9:57 AM


I don't know what the % is but I would think a good number of people who have Sirius, only have it because it came with their new car.

I personally don't. I've never thought it was worth the money. If you have a generous data plan, you can always stream music/radio from your phone into your car stereo system.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Lyle Lanley

I tried SiriusXM once on trial and felt the stations were as repetitive if not more repetitive than regular radio.

Lithium, for example, seemed to play the same songs over and over again.

I'll get my music elsewhere for cheaper, thank you very much.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:03 AM


@ Toronto Mike,

I pay about $200 for the year and I get the web/iphone/sonos streaming for free because I've been a longtime subscriber. Usually they call me with about 2 months left and ask me to rejoin. I say sure, what are you going to do for me? That usually gets the price and promotions to kick in. I like it.

I like the morning show on Hits 1 - they crack me up for whatever reason. It's cheesy and 'morning showy' but it sure as hell beats 88.1.


ps: The wife says great… she hopes you and your friend have an awesome time.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:04 AM


Good timing with this post. I actually just started their free trial yesterday. At this point, I don't have an impression good or bad.

Regardless, I don't think I am in my car enough to justify the expense.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Jason C

My wife was going to get me a SiriusXM radio for my birthday about a year ago and I told her not to bother. With all the internet music and podcast options out there, (and apps such as TuneIn Radio, Slacker, Rdio, Songza, Swell, etc.) I could not bring myself to pay a monthly fee for the Sirius stuff. However, if you were a die hard Stern fan, for example, perhaps you would be willing to go down that road as his stuff is not as easily accessible.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

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@Jason C

If you don't mind hearing the Howard Stern show a day late, it's easily accessible.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:15 AM


We have it and we fall into the percentage of people who got it because it was part of the car.

We like it because when we drive to the cottage the options for radio are CBC, french, country, christian, the weather service and classic rock. With Sirius our listening options are greatly increased.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:17 AM


My wife has it in her new car, and I really started to enjoy it. Mostly listen to:

Pearl Jam (of course)
ESPN channels
NHL, NFL play by play
Opie & Anthony

Funny thing is, do you know that despite being branded as "Sirius/XM" they are still separate? Found this out since I liked it so much I went and bought a Starmate satellite radio for my car...This is Sirius, the GM vehicle has XM. There are still separate customer service numbers, separate accounts to be set up etc ...ugghhh!

The services are virtually the same, but the some channel numbers are different. They tell me they expect to harmonize by the end of 2014.

Who knew.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:18 AM


I do. I listen to Howard 100, Howard 101, Lithium, Elvis Radio, Classic Vinyl, Deep Tracks, Ozzy's Boneyard, Hair Nation and 90s on 9. There are others (and probably a bunch I should be listening to) but really, I'll never listen to terrestrial radio again.

I love it. I listen on my phone.

That said, I'm going to really have to re-evaluate once Howard retires.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:21 AM


I subscribe and only listen to Howard Stern.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Jason C

@Toronto Mike
In that case, I'll poke around and see what's out there. Thanks.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

this guest

wanted sirius for the dylan show
but never got around
to it

January 16, 2014 @ 10:26 AM


I really like it because (a) there is a lot of variety - lots of different genres in music, different sports channels, comedy, political talk, and some Canadian options, but most importantly (b) it's so damn convenient in the car. It's so easy to change channels or stations if there's a song you don't like, or want to listen to something different, with just a push of a button or two. And you never lose the signal (unless you're in a tunnel), no matter where you are.

January 16, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

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@Jason C

Is the email address you use when you comment your actual address?

January 16, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

519 Rob

I subscribe as well.

I got it with my new car, but kept it. I paid 200 or so for the full year.

I like it a lot, but not sure I'll re-subscribe next year.

When I listen, I like:
Classic Vinyl
1st Wave
The Verge
Pearl Jam
And the sports stations.


January 16, 2014 @ 11:07 AM


I have it in my car and online. The main stations I listen to are:

Howard Stern
Underground Garage (great station)
The Spectrum
First Wave
Alt Nation
Classic Vinyl
The Joint
Coffee House
Soul Town

January 16, 2014 @ 11:29 AM


I just listen to radio streams through iTunes. Good enough selection, no cost.

January 16, 2014 @ 11:43 AM


I do not have SiriusXM in my 2006 car and don't feel like getting a dedicated receiver, integrating it to the audio system, etc. Every rental car I have had for the past several years has had SiriusXM, so I took advantage of it while I could. I spend most of my listening time on AltNation and First Wave. Alternative/indie has been my favourite music for over 30 years. That radio format is not represented in the vast majority of markets across North America, though. Just about every other music format is in most markets, large and small, so I use SiriusXM to fill in gaps, or when the local stations in the market I am visiting are simply not worth listening to for very long. When I do buy a new car, I will subscribe to SiriusXM.

January 16, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

Mark H

I've go SiriusXM. If you call when they try to get you to re-up they'll give you a solid value without a huge fight. On an XM stereo my package cost me $89+tax and they threw in the App which usually costs another $44 per year. XM doesn't initially include the Howard Stern Package.

The combination of the two is great. The app offers some of the SiriusXM content on Demand for download or streaming (but not the music). They also introduced MyXM which allows you on the app to preset some preferences on the music channels to what you want to hear.

The music stations are solid, its just too bad they're so regimented into fixed spaces so you can't get a variety. Minimal talk and no commericals.

Entertainment packages...well I get the out of market NHL games (I'm a Flyers fan) as well as EPL games. I also like the comedy stations, Opie and Anthony as well as some of the talk radio.

My wife and I are in the car collectively for 2-3 hours a day commuting. the radio is honestly a godsend. No commericals on the music channels with minimal talk and quality talk for any interest. Besides the occasional block of 680 News listening I find it tough to go back to terrestrial radio. It sounds tired.

January 16, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

Mark H

Oh I forgot to add...we have a 2 year old. We spend a huge amount of time listening to Kids Place Live. It has a great variety of music that has saved us from the dreaded CD loop in the car. Because it was fun music she likes, she now understands the concept of the radio and how not every song on the radio is going to be your favourite which as allowed us to flip the station to regular music stations without any tears. She's all about Backspin now and was actually singing along with Digital Underground the other day (Doowutchyalike).

January 16, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Jason C

@Toronto Mike

Yes it is.

January 16, 2014 @ 12:39 PM


Subscriber here. I only have a work phone with a horrid data plan and have been part of a Family package for years.
Our main stations are :
1st Wave
Alt Nation
Faction (My Wife loves Jason Ellis)
The Verge - Canadian Indy stuff but the sound quality sucks. They are apparently using the same compression as talk radio stations for some reason.
The Joint

I do miss the old XM lineup though. The music was much better before the merger. Lucy I found much better than Lithium, less repetitive. Same with Fred (1st wave) and Ethel (Alt Nation). Fungus was an awesome station for Punk listeners, there is no replacement for it unless you count Marky Ramones show on Faction on the weekends.

January 16, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

Mark H

@Wulv -Agree with you on The Verge, the compression rate is awful, makes it hard to go from a digital channel like AltNation.

Did they finally upgrade Faction? If I recall it used to be mono like the talk stations.

And for those of you in the service paying $200. Get past the front line Customer Service people to the retention department. My current renewal rate of $89+Tax was offered with no bartering on my end whatsoever. I asked about the internet access and it was thrown in for free as an afterthought. To contrast, my email indicated the renewal rate was ~$250.

January 16, 2014 @ 12:48 PM


Faction is great quality, same as the rest of the digital music lineup.

January 16, 2014 @ 1:21 PM

519 Rob

@ Mark H and WULV
I love The Verge (had them on my list) but MAN, is the sound terrible. I liken it to an old AM radio station (with out the static).
I love The Leake and his shows, and the station introduced me to some great new Canadian Bands (Half Moon Run are awesome).
But sometimes I have to switch purely because of the sound.


January 16, 2014 @ 1:23 PM

Out West

For me it's been great over the internet at the office and the via satellite out camping.

We listen to
1st Wave
80's on 8
Classic Rewind
90's on 9
Covino and Rich, who are a pretty good mid day talk duo geared to the 29-44 male demo talking about this demo's primary interest...sports, music, tech, pop culture,relationships, etc.

Also like their on demand feature where they play the top 40 from this week in a particular year. They do this on each of the 70's, 80's and 90's station

I'm not one for paying either, but it's a good service that they've never given me reason to cancel

January 16, 2014 @ 2:38 PM


No, I don't subscribe.

I don't understand the idea of paying for radio. A friend of mine has it as he spends an unusual amount of time in his vehicle as part of his job (and lives in northern Ontario) he writes the expense off.

My wife got a 6-month subscription free when she bought a new car. But she won't be renewing once the trail ends.

There are enough stations out there for free that I don’t see a reason to pay further.

January 16, 2014 @ 2:57 PM


I just could never get my mind around paying for radio. Especially not for radio that has ads (I know not ALL channels have ads-- but still).

I also have never liked paying for "propitiatory" hardware. I mean, no matter how old the radio in your car is, you can turn it on and listen to the radio. It won't stop working because you didn't pay a monthly fee. It won't stop working because "radio" went out of business or merged with some other company.

For the money, I'd rather take any one of the many devices I own that play MP3s, buy a whole bunch of music, stuff the device full of it-- and I'm good.

January 16, 2014 @ 3:02 PM


Not a subscriber, for all of the reasons already listed.


January 16, 2014 @ 4:20 PM


I don't subscribe. Why should I pay for radio. I get my Habs and Coyotes games for free or any other game if I really want it, and my Suns games are free. I buy my music on ITunes and listen to all my own music scrambled up. It's better than paying for radio.

January 16, 2014 @ 4:56 PM


Nope. I have the internets.

January 16, 2014 @ 4:59 PM

Rick C in Oakville

No I don't, and considering the podcasts I listen too, it fill's my time. I had it with my last Toyota on trial, nearly bit as I got hooked on Howard Stern, but reconsidered once he started taking a lot of time off, and getting rerun shows playing.

January 16, 2014 @ 5:29 PM


I've been a subscriber for about 6 years now. I absolutely love it! Terrestrial radio can not hold a candle to satellite.

The music selection, the lack of commericals, being able to listen on long road trips.

As a rock/metal fan siriusxm and octane in paticular have turned me onto a bunch of bands that don't get airtime in Canada. Terrestrial radio is also behind in music. Case in point they finally started playing Volbeat recently. Octane on the other hand has been playing them for a few years now. When Metallica came to Toronto for their Death Magnetic tour Volbeat was the first opening act and I knew who they were thanks to satellite.

My ipod is filled with bands I've discovered because of XM.

They also have comedy channels, lots of sports selection and talk shows. I have the best of Sirius package so I get Howard Stern as well as O&A. Also one my favourite shows is The Jason Ellis Show on Faction 3-7pm.

My presets are basically all the rock stations they have, everything from Classic Vinyl to Liquid Metal.

My commute is 15-20 minutes each day and I can hear 4-6 songs in that time.

January 16, 2014 @ 6:07 PM


Subscriber since day 1. Listen through the Sirius XM app and in my vehicle as well as through the website.
Listen to Canada Laughs for Humble and Fred, Stern Channels, NFL radio, 80's, 90's, Lithium, the Blend, The Pulse, Raw Dog. Can't listen to terrestrial radio anymore, too many commercials.

January 16, 2014 @ 7:37 PM


I mostly listen to XMU. While it's fairly tightly playlisted, I think it's worth the subscription as there's no ads and plays stuff you're unlikely to hear on terrestrial. Only thing missing is local traffic.

January 17, 2014 @ 12:49 AM

Mike from Lowville

Not me. I use MY SYNC and a thumb drive with 64 gig of music I change up every month. At home, radio in the garage and cable music channels in the house.

Argie: no one values your opinion here.

January 17, 2014 @ 6:43 AM

Aurora Bob

Been a subscriber to Sirius since the time it was available in Canada.

I have it built in in two cars and I stream it on my Onkyo receiver at home (which also has other online services).

I hardly listen to traditional radio anymore. Usually only for traffc/weather reports as they have never figured that out in Canada.

Channels I listen to...

A typical day is Canada Laughs in the morning, Raw Dog if H & F are on repeat or at lunch time. The drive home is Dr Laura - I like to listen to her yell at the callers, sort of like watching a car crash.

On the weekends, Pulse, The Bridge, Classic Vinyl or Rewind.

Used to listen to Stern but got turned off with the AGT constant discussions. I don't care to watch the stupid show, I really do not need to hear him pat is back about it all of the time.

January 17, 2014 @ 10:51 AM


We pay for Sirius in my wife's car, and I have it as well. H&F every morning during my 1-hr drive is now part of the routine, and as a result I get a little bit of Canada Laughs at lunchtime too.

If I ever want to get totally pi$$ed off, I will switch from H&F over to Canada Talks during the Arlene Bynon show. Holy cow, is that show ever bad.

My go-to stations are:
- Radio Margaritaville - a truly unique playlist although the Buffett stuff can be a little repetitive
- First Wave - usually good, at least until the inevitable Depeche Mode or Smiths/Morrissey dirgefest
- Classic Rewind (with a click over to Classic Vinyl if restless)
- Big 80's on 8 (click up or down to 90's or 70's during Madonna songs)
- The Loft
- ESPN Radio for evening drive-time sports talk

The great thing about Sirius is the vast number of stations that I still have to discover. The worst part of it is having to dig though the vast number of stations to find what I am in the mood for.

January 17, 2014 @ 1:22 PM


I don't recognize many of the names of those posters saying they have Sirius. I'd be interested to know how many are first time posters to torontomike.com

January 17, 2014 @ 5:09 PM


I got it once for the long drive to Florida. Soon as I got over the border the signal dropped. The guy selling me the system in Canada never told me it would stop in the states and that I would have to get Sirius USA to be listening down there. What a load of crap.

January 18, 2014 @ 8:17 AM


I have had it for a couple of months now and I enjoy the service. I am on the road a lot and for me the service is worth it.

My stations are:
Ozzy's Boneyard
Coffee House
Canada Laughs (H+F for the AM commute and soon to be Todd Shapiro Show)
The Comedy Stations
Deep Track
Classic Vinyl
NHL games

January 18, 2014 @ 5:03 PM

Mike H

All Out Show on Shade 45. Love RudeJude
H&F of course

January 19, 2014 @ 6:46 PM

Ryan P

Had it for the first 6 months on my Escape but didn't renew or listen to it at all during that time.

When I first got the vehicle, I used it but quickly ceased. The sound on most of the stations reminds me of horribly low bit-rate MP3's...all the music I listen to in digital form is at minimum 320kbps MP3(but 98% of it is FLAC).

January 20, 2014 @ 2:42 PM


SiriusXM is money well spent especially as a commuter. I get more out of it than my sattelite TV. The web radio/mobile app is an added bonus. NO COMMERCIALS (except Howard)
Favorites to Listen to : Howard Stern, Octane (hard rork/metal), Faction (rock/punk/hip hop/metal), Hair Nation ('80-90's rock), Boneyard (classic rock& metal/Ozzy), Lithium ('90's grunge, Alt Nation ( New Rock/Alternative) + Many more. Its hard to listen to regular radio now. I would recommend it.

February 6, 2014 @ 8:13 AM

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