The Pros And Cons Of Having A SiriusXM Subscription

Should you get a SiriusXM subscription? Is it even worth it?

Car owners have been asking themselves this question for almost two decades. If you’re on the fence about getting a SiriusXM subscription, these pros and cons may help you reach a decision.

Let’s start with the cons.

The Cons Of Having A SiriusXM Subscription

Here are two reasons why you might be hesitant to subscribe to SiriusXM:

1. Cost

A SiriusXM subscription costs money, between $10-$18 per month. That’s money you could be using for something else (like a cheap lunch for you and a friend). You might be asking yourself why you should spend a few bucks per month when you could be listening to free local radio. The answer is that you get what you pay for. With a SiriusXM subscription, you get to enjoy a variety of perks, including more channels, quality shows, and far fewer commercials. You just have to figure out if these perks are worth $15 per month.

2. Potentially Complicated Installation

If you have a factory car radio that supports SiriusXM, syncing it to your SiriusXM account is easy. However, some people have a factory car radio that doesn’t support SiriusXM. If you fall into the latter category, adding SiriusXM to your radio can be complicated. The most common method to add SiriusXM is to buy a satellite radio receiver and dock. You’ll need to choose a power source and find a location for the antenna. Then you’ll have to run wires to the power source and antenna and find a spot for the dock. To connect the satellite receiver to the car stereo, you will need to use an FM modulator or run another wire to the aux input. Sounds quite daunting, doesn’t it?

The good news is that there’s an easy way to add SiriusXM to your factory car radio. Just install an all-inclusive satellite radio adapter kit. VAIS Technology kits integrate with your factory stereo and allow you to retain all of your factory-installed components while enjoying terrific satellite radio sound. It’s a far easier and more effective way to add SiriusXM to your factory radio than any of the other options available on the market.

The Pros Of Having A SiriusXM Subscription

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Don’t let the cons scare you away. There are plenty of pros that outweigh them, the main ones being:

1. Minimal Commercial Interruptions

Like we said before, you get what you pay for. Free local radio stations are loaded with commercials because they have to make money somehow. Your $10-$18 a month SiriusXM subscription pretty much eliminates the need for commercials. A few music channels not programmed by SiriusXM still air a limited amount of ads. But you’ll be hearing a lot fewer commercials than if you had stuck with your local FM radio stations.

2. A Huge Variety Of Programming

SiriusXM offers all kinds of channels. They range from live sporting events to talk radio to an incredible variety of music genres. You have access to only a handful of stations via local radio, but with SiriusXM you can choose between more than 150 channels.

3. Unedited And Uncensored Content

Local radio stations are required to censor their music and shows because they’re broadcast on public airwaves. You don’t have to worry about this with SiriusXM.

4. Great Radio Signal

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Nearly uninterrupted radio signal wherever you go in the continental US? Yes, please. SiriusXM offers state-of-the-art technology that gives you access to radio channels pretty much anywhere in the continental US, as well as its coastal regions, Canada, and Mexico. You can learn more about how the satellite radio system works and see a coverage map here.

5. Excellent Sound Quality

SiriusXM broadcasts a digital signal. For music channels, the sound quality is very similar to a CD. Because the signal is digital, the sound quality is better than standard FM radio.

The Pros Outweigh The Cons

In a nutshell, local FM radio is to SiriusXM as public TV broadcasting is to Netflix. Like with Netflix, SiriusXM allows you to choose from a wide variety of quality channels. Some include exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else. If you ask us, SiriusXM is worth the small monthly subscription fee.

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