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Sirius vs. XM - Which is better?

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Think about getting satellite radio but not sure which service is better? If you've looked into satellite radio, you know there are three main competitors in the satellite radio market.

So how do the services compare? Let's take a look.

Services

Sirius

XM

Music Stations

65 channels of commercial free music, all styles of music from classic to rock, with blues, hip-hop, country, jazz and everything in between.

68 channels of commercial free music, all styles of music from classic to rock, with blues, hip-hop, country, jazz and everything in between.

Talk Stations

50 channels of sports, news, talk and entertainment programming

38 channels of sports, news, talk and entertainment programming

Sports Channels

Sports broadcasting, such as play-by-play of every NFL game and 40 live NHL games.

No NFL play-by-play but does offer the only NASCAR radio channel.

Local Broadcasting

Local traffic and weather updates in 20 metropolitan areas

Local traffic and weather updates 21 metropolitan areas.

Cost

12.99 Monthly, $499 for Lifetime membership

$9.99 monthly fee, $449 fee for five year membership

Customer Service

Customer Care center is open 24 hours a day - toll free number or email response.

Customer Center is open 18 hours a day.

On-line Listening

Available free with subscription on any computer.

Available for $3.99 per month for subscribers.

Satellite radio services are fairly competitive. For most consumers, finding a service they prefer will come down to the best programming. While both services offer similar programming, each has a unique perspective to their channels. We recommend spending a little bit of time reviewing each service, finding programming you prefer and finding competitively priced equipment. Then you can enjoy the radio experience at a whole new level.


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