Archive for December, 2011
Depending on what my mood was when you asked, I’d have told you that this blogs domain name came about during the time when I was a dual cable and satellite TV subscriber, or from the time when I was a dual subscriber to Sirius and XM. Regardless of which story I tell at what time, when I subscribed to XM back in 2005 I thought that I would be a subscriber for life. Then Sirius bought them out.
I’ve been totally disappointed in the music available on XM since the day that Fred, Ethel and Lucy went away after the merger. I supplemented my XM subscription with Pandora while I waited for news about what Satellite Radio 2.0 would look like, but my frustration with XM has only grown over the last two years. When I knew that 2.0 was a letdown for me, I got very serious about finding a way out of my XM subscription. Follow along as I lay out the services and applications that I chose to replace XM.
My requirements seem simple, but finding an all-in-one solution to my problem isn’t possible. I listen to lots of music, sports talk and, at times, news. I’ve never listened to Howard Stern or Opie and Anthony as it’s just not my thing. Likewise, I had no use for all of the political talk on XM. I have my own political beliefs and I’ve never felt the need to commiserate with someone that believes what I do, nor listen to mindless bitching by those that don’t.
Music, sports and a little news. That’s what I want. Here’s how I got it.