XM Satellite Radio or Sirius Satellite Radio? Each company has spent well over a billion dollars to launch geostationary satellites into orbit, making sure that you are served up over a hundred channels of crisp digital music, coast to coast. While in theory you can't go wrong with either one, the only thing that is certain is that your life as a listener will never be the same.
It took years before XM and Sirius could get their businesses off the ground, and we mean that literally and figuratively. After delays, venture capital deals and a final spurt of good fortune, XM launched its satellite radio service first in 2002.
XM has more subscribers and is cheaper than Sirius, at $9.95 a month versus $12.95 for Sirius. However, Sirius does have a lifetime plan available for $499.99 and that may make the most economical sense if you plan on tuning in for more than four years.
The receivers will run you about the same. You may be able to catch a rebate break from time to time but that alone shouldn't be a factor in your decision. While in-dash satellite radio players tend to be the most popular sellers for commuters they also have portable receivers as well as satellite radio receivers for the home. More attractively, many of these receivers are so small that you can take them from your car to your home so the power of satellite radio is always within each.
SatellitesRadio.com is a guide to satellite radio. We offer an unbiased view of both XM and Sirius, picking out the benefits and shortcomings of each service.
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