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I currently have Sirius and the cost is a bit over the top. I have not tried to reduce my cost for the 2 cars yet with Sirius. Is Spotify a good option?
I don't have enough experience with Spotify to know what I don't know.
How would I use Spotify to replace Sirius? I can probably figure out the mechanics. I have a 21 limited trek, Samsung s22, Android auto.
Do I need to hard wire each time I get in the car or is this a bluetooth connection.
How does it connect to Spotify? cell towers? So I should have unlimited service?
Thanks John
 

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I currently have Sirius and the cost is a bit over the top. I have not tried to reduce my cost for the 2 cars yet with Sirius. Is Spotify a good option?
I don't have enough experience with Spotify to know what I don't know.
How would I use Spotify to replace Sirius? I can probably figure out the mechanics. I have a 21 limited trek, Samsung s22, Android auto.
Do I need to hard wire each time I get in the car or is this a bluetooth connection.
How does it connect to Spotify? cell towers? So I should have unlimited service?
Thanks John
i've used spotify but now i use apple. both are good but apple sounds better
 

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I currently have Sirius and the cost is a bit over the top. I have not tried to reduce my cost for the 2 cars yet with Sirius. Is Spotify a good option?
Thanks John
John, you need to call SiriusXM and tell the CSR that you wish to cancel because the cost is too high. You will be switched to a Retention Specialist to talk with- repeat your mantra, cost is too high I wish to cancel. They will give you several options to reduce cost.
Wait till they offer the $5.00/Month for a year's subscription 'special discount'; which comes to $60.00/year plus taxes and fees.
If that is acceptable, agree to it as it is the best deal possible- otherwise follow through with cancellation.
 

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With those two I would reccomend Spotify over Sirius. Sirius has a very limited and repetitive programing schedule, musically, unless you like certain talk radio. Spotify has almost anything you want to listen to, tho not quite everything, but they are bad for the artists in terms of monetary support (scraps), and you need a good data plan (unlimited) and good service to be able to actually stream it. CD's and usb sticks I find the easiest and most unfailing formats while driving, but that's also becuase I already own a ton of music and a lot of obscure stuff. FM depending where you live is free and clear, but I recommend this having access to great non commercial, freeforem stations like WPRB, WFMU, and I guess the once great XPN.
 

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I use Sirius in the city and outskirts. In Canada I pay all in $6.25 monthly and comes off my card. Very easy. Like others have mentioned they try to milk you for more but don't fall for it. As a backup like driving in the mountains or close to the border where reception is sketchy I use a usb stick. I would say 75% sirius and 25% usb.
 

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I currently have Sirius and the cost is a bit over the top. I have not tried to reduce my cost for the 2 cars yet with Sirius. Is Spotify a good option?
I don't have enough experience with Spotify to know what I don't know.
How would I use Spotify to replace Sirius? I can probably figure out the mechanics. I have a 21 limited trek, Samsung s22, Android auto.
Do I need to hard wire each time I get in the car or is this a bluetooth connection.
How does it connect to Spotify? cell towers? So I should have unlimited service?
Thanks John
Not sure about the '21 Crosstrek but in my '19 I need to plug the phone in to USB to use Android Auto. Which is fine, phone gets charged as well. I used Spotify and it will stream through mobile data. You can also download playlists to your phone for offline play. Some time ago I switched to Tidal, which also works with Android Auto. I think Tidal has better sound quality, and they are more generous to the artists.
 

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Sirius indeed costs 5-6$/month the second you try to cancel. But there is another issue: sound quality.

Sirius is 64kbps, compressed as hell. Without being an audophile I can clearly hear the difference with respect to 128-192- 256kbps mp3s. I have it, enjoy it, but cringe during songs where the compression is clearly audible.

Spotify is 128-160kbps. Twice the bandwidth is easily noticeable.
 

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Nobody has mentioned Pandora. I am really liking this right now.

I agree that Sirius XM playlists can get very repetitive. However, in some areas I travel, it's the only option other than my MP3 player and CD collection.
 
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Well Thank you All!
Sirius was $36 for 2 cars, last month. It started off as $12 for 2 cars. It is such an infuriating business model. Hey a good customer let’s screw him. Then shop around for a streaming service. I still have to figure out if this is a wireless in car experience.
Drive safe out there
John
 

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Well Thank you All!
Sirius was $36 for 2 cars, last month. It started off as $12 for 2 cars. It is such an infuriating business model. Hey a good customer let’s screw him. Then shop around for a streaming service. I still have to figure out if this is a wireless in car experience.
Drive safe out there
John
For a year correct?
 

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Didn't know Pandora and Sirius are the same company. I have a feeling Sirius will eventually go away as cell coverage becomes better in sparse areas.

I refuse to support Spotify for reasons I will not go into here.
 
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Rut roh. Where's Astro? 🐱
His Android phone probably keeps crashing whenever he tries to post. :sneaky:

Anyhow, I do a fair amount of traveling out here in places that don't have decent cell coverage, and likely won't for a long while. So there's some appeal to having SiriusXM, and I'd be all in favor of it is they offered their music channels at, say, a $5/month price for life. But their pricing games are just BS, and it's not worth playing those games.

I'm not really worried about the fidelity issue with SXM, because I'd listen to them while sitting in a Subaru ... and a Subaru will never have sound-stage acoustics. I'm in the car to drive, anyway, not to listen.

For me, the best solution was just to buy a used iPod and load it up with music that I own, rather than tunes that I rent. Works great.
 

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Yeah. I'm back to my good old reliable iPod which integrates perfectly with my Subaru iPod. Quality is much higher and it's free!
 

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As promised The Sirus CSR just dropped the price to $5.99 / car / month plus a 2 month credit. I did get disconnected from the chat box which I thought was interesting. I signed up for Spotify free for 3 months. I don't agree with their political shows. I won't frequent them just music, books and maybe a pod cast.
Thanks for your help Gents!

My guess is AstroKats has solved a world problem or two with his free time
 
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