It nearly kills me every time that I am stuck in my wife’s car. She listens to FM radio. Come rush hour, the airwaves carry commercial after commercial, regardless of the channel. And when they do play good material, it is the same numbers that are repeated several times a day, rather than unfamiliar classics. There are only so many times a classic rock lover can hear “Wheel in the Sky”, “Jukebox Hero”, “Dirty Laundry” or “Jack and Diane”. No longer can I hear Howard Stern’s crazy antics, and I have zero choices for the Nineties grunge or reggae. If it weren't for the life-saving CDs that I stuff into the glovebox, I would rip the entire system out of her car and toss it out the window. You see, I am spoiled. For years, I have been enjoying the commercial-free and wide variety of SiriusXM.
SiriusXM provides fantastic broadcasting throughout the US with an affiliate in Canada. The service provides nearly one thousand different channels to choose from, ranging from country and jazz to breaking news and stand-up comedians. In 2008, Sirius Satellite Radio acquired its big competition, XM Satellite Radio Holding, Inc. As a result of the $3.3 billion merger, the satellite giant now has more than 29.6 million subscribers. While lawmakers argued that the deal would create a monopoly, Sirius and XM claimed the move was necessary for satellite radio’s existence in the competitive marketplace.
Back in 1990, Sirius Satellite Radio was started in Washington, DC by three executives, Martine Rothblatt, David Margolese and Robert Briskman. Over the course of the next decade, the company raised billions to successfully launch three satellites into space. Following Sirius’s example, XM Satellite Radio went into operation in 1997. Five years later, Sirius made installation deals with Chrysler, Ford and BMW.
SiriusXM subscribers can now enjoy their content online, as well as on mobile service apps for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch. In order to keep up with competition like Pandora, SiriusXM began offering a personalized interactive online radio experience to all subscribers in 2013. Two years later, SiriusXM put out a new user interface of the application on both Android and iOS. Whether you are in your car, at your desk or on the treadmill at the gym, SiriusXM will improve the way you listen to music.