I have been told that the music kind of sucks on both satellite radio providers, so this is really not a priority for me on SD...
But I didn't see this:XM leads Sirius (Charts) in the young market for nationwide pay-radio, but Sirius's growth has been strong in the past year, powered in part by the launch of programming from Howard Stern.
And I think I originally glossed over that fact you put there...A combination of the two might be complicated by the fact that neither company has yet turned a profit.
But what's the point of having any type of satellite radio if the Music sucks? Howard Stern or NASCAR really don't get me hot and bothered ... I really think a decent radio source would be nice - no suggestions/preference here though...
sirius is better b/c it allows more raunchy music to play
xm sucks b/c its to corporate and plays for who pays
i too want SD to support SIRIUS on my INFILL T3 this doesnt seem to hard if xm already works but then again im no programmer
How about everyone get back on topic.... Has anyone made a plugin for sirius to work ? Im also in the same boat ! I picked up streetdeck just to find out is not supported.
Personally I would NOT want to see a plugin... I would prefer to have Sirius as a direct part of Streetdeck. A plugin is a glamorized "hack" of what we all really want - seriously Sirius - true integration into Streetdeck.
To get back on the xm vs sirius discussion. I think that Stern helped Sirius but they were seriously hurting for subscribers before. The only good thing from a company perspective that XM has going for it is that they have no paid the crazy amounts of cash for all the programming like Sirus. So XM isn't going millions into debt (since the article stated that neither has turned a profit) XM will likely be more profitable even with a smaller subscriber base since they don't have as much money tied up like Sirius does. hell they got Oprah for like 1/4 of what Sirius paid for Stern, I just don't see them marketing that as much as Siriuus did for Stern. Otherwise the legion of Oprah fans would be overwhelming the XM subscriber base.
As far as Oprah is concerned, cheaper doesn't mean better. The 1/2 hour of Oprah's voice you get to hear every week means nil to Satellite radio's largely 20-something male audience, and her acquisition cannot be shown to have affected sales at all. $50 million is about $49 million too much, if you ask me.
As far as the competition, Sirius is outselling XM by about two to one in retail, a complete reversal of what was taking place earlier last year. Howard's signing with Sirius had everything to do with it, as the growth since his acquisition shows a distinct steep slope. Profitability will be reached, by most accounts, around Christmas this year for Sirius. That is in line with predictions made as far back as two years ago, with Sirius taking the lead in overall subscriber base some time next year. This is a pretty stellar accomplishment, considering the market penetration XM had with its pervading contracts with automobile manufacturers.
To get back on topic, Streetdeck doesn't natively support Sirius? RoadRunner for me, then!
I'm an XM user but i think the developers should pend less time on internet streaming features and focus on getting Sirius working. I bet there are more SD users with Sirius than there are users with internet access on the road.