Friday, March 22, 2013

Who Needs Satellite? I Heart Radio.

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When I bought my car, it came equipped with a satellite radio already installed. And three months of free service.

That I never bothered to activate.

And then it expired and I really didn't care.

But then they started calling me. Like, ALL THE TIME. And sending me stuff in the mail. Inviting me to sign up for Sirius XM for, like, $25 for six months or something.

Last year, I was in a car accident and my rental car had satellite radio. So I listened a little. Found one or two stations that were okay, but mostly listened to my regular radio stations, or CDs, or my iPod.

Sirius XM kept after me. Begging for my business. Probably because they have contracts they can't afford to pay because no one wants their service.

It siriusly feels like a waste of money. And they keep trying to offer me low rates. Despite the fact that I never even used it when it was FREE.

A few months ago, I downloaded the I Heart Radio app on my phone. I love it. I get to listen to all my regular stations, plus I can create my own, sorta like Pandora.

I use I Heart Radio pretty much every day. I use it online to listen to the radio at work. I use it on my phone to listen to the radio at home. I use it a lot.

And I definitely used it on that 3000 mile round trip to Texas and back.

Because I have discovered 24/7 Comedy Radio. Stand up comedy, 24 hours a day.


Of course, this mostly works because I still have an unlimited data plan, but seriously, there's no way satellite radio can compete.I don't know why they even try.

So between I Heart Radio, and Pandora, and my iPod, and the voices in my head, there was plenty to listen to. Without that dumb old satellite.

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  1. We listen to comedy stations sometimes on road trips. I confess, it's on Sirius XM though. Most of the time, I take my iTouch and listen to my own music.

  2. I'm still on Pandora. If you can handle the ads, it's pretty good!

    1. Oh, I love Pandora. I love it so much I paid for a subscription and get it ad free. I do think Pandora's worth the money, a lot more than Sirius is.

    2. I tried XM free when I got my car.And now have resigned subscription for 3 years now.Love comedy channels, 60's, 70's, 80's choice of music, all kinds of sports you name it , over 300 choices of channels.

  3. I love my Pandora! I wish I could listen to it in my car. Too much data though. Lucky girl with your unlimited data plan. =)

    1. Yeah, but my phone is dying and needs to be replaced, at which point I will have to say good bye to that grandfathered deal. Sad.

  4. We had Sirius for free when we bought our car. We listened to a few things but meh not worth the money. I recently got I heart radio too and love it. I have a few stations that I created and I am listening to various LA stations along with a few Utah stations. I recommend 97.1 ZHT, their morning zoo show (6am-10am I think) is fun. I listen to it every morning on the way to work and as I walk to the office. :)

  5. Sounds siriusly annoying until you discovered iHeartRadio. Thank goodness you did before a 3000 mile round-trip.

    Have a great weekend, Karen.

  6. Wasn't/Isn't Howard Stern on Sirius XM? I would boycott them just on principal. But I'm glad you found something you like. Too bad it doesn't have an AZ court station, though. ; )

  7. The ONLY way I got Sirius to get off my back when I bought a car that was equipped for them as well, was because I live in AK where their satellites don't work. Of course, even then, they still called me at least 4 times - craziness!

  8. I need to get this! Do you get good service consistently in the car?

    1. I get great service whenever there's a good cell signal. There were some points where it was kind of spotty.

  9. We are still using our three month trial from Sirius, but will not continue our service afterwards. Although we are loving it, there is no way I'm paying to listen to music when I have my iPod. I would listen to Pandora, if I didn't have the tiniest data plan known to man.

  10. I had this app for my phone and then deleted it, not because I didn't like it, but because I simply stopped tuning in. I'll have to download it again. For road trips alone!

    Also, I'm glad you had enough to listen to and the voices in your head kept you entertained, too :) XOXO

  11. I use that at work to listen to my favorite radio station! It's the best. But I also like satellite radio, but I don't think I would pay for it.


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