After almost six years of listening to satellite radio, I gave it up and returned to regular old terrestrial radio earlier this year. If you want to know the reasons, read Why I Am Not Renewing My Sirius XM Radio Subscription. How am I holding up?
Here were the channels I most listened to on XM Radio and my new substitute.
XM Radio Channel
|XMU 43 - Indie Rock||90.3 FM|
|BPM 81||89.5 FM|
|Real Jazz 70||88.5 FM (when NPR isn't on)|
|Soul Town 60||MP3s|
|1970s Pop||104.5 FM (partially) and MP3s|
|Opie & Anthony, Ron & Fez||Podcasts|
For the most part, I am pleased with the substitutes. KEXP 90.3 FM is a great station and as a result I listen to more indie rock these days. My biggest shock turned out not to be programming, but sound quality. I miss the higher quality sound of satellite radio. I am strongly considering getting HD Radio. Going from XM to FM is like going from FM to AM.
Note that this post is not an endorsement of XM Radio. They are a bunch of criminals. Read the 40+ comments on Filing Fraud Charges Against XM Radio before you sign up and hand them your credit card number.