No More XM Radio For Me

Most of you know that for the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed a 2 hour commute to work on Monday and back home on Friday. The MINI makes it almost bearable but the saving grace has been my XM Radio which I’ve had much longer than that. But since the merger with Sirius the channel choice and quality has declined rapidly but at least it still had BBC Radio 1 and that’s pretty much all I listen to.

Until now. Whether the Beeb wanted too much, or Sirius just didn’t want to pay for it any more, BBC Radio 1 has been yanked from the service and some emails from their Sr Programming Director show they pretty much don’t care so I have cancelled.

The question now is what to listen to? There are parts of my journey where all I can pick up are Mexican channels so I can’t rely on over the air. Also, much of the trip I only have “1x” service on my phone so not sure I can even use a streaming app on the Droid.

Maybe I’ll listen to some CDs and finally learn Spanish???

3 thoughts on “No More XM Radio For Me”

  1. I’m debating this too – though I’ve always preferred Sirius channels and don’t listen to Radio 1 (I’d prefer Radio 2!)
    But Sirius is pricey and coverage is not great on my daily commute.
    I’d like to find some phone App that could record radio stations over WiFi then replay in the car – haven’t found any App quite right yet, and of course the car switches straight to iPod when connected.

  2. Yes I was hoping they’d add Radio 2, didn’t see them dropping the Beeb all together. I think it will come back eventually but in the meantime…..

    One of the problems I have with playing music off my phone or iPad in the car is that, like many MINIs, if I have the device plugged into the lighter socket it turns the radio off every few minutes. Some sort of interference, I suppose. And my poor old Droid can’t handle the duty without the juice.

    You can stream some of it off the internet but I really liked the time delay that Sirius had, I got the breakfast show in the morning, not the afternoon show.

  3. Podcasts man. Might be time. BBC has quite a few radio programs in iTunes you can subscribe too, for free. You might even be able to find the programs you were listening to on radio 1 in podcast form. I know a bunch of morning radio shows are podcasting now the day after too, so if there is something on regular radio you like, good chance there is a podcast.

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