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Old 01-24-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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What are my options for Sirius subscription?

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I have Sirius now with a stand alone unit in my current car. I was really hoping to get away from the stand alone units when I got the Camaro. I get tired of the cigerette lighte thing. Of course, it will come with XM, with the option of paying extra for best of sirius, but I really don't feel like I should have to do this since they are mergered. I would have thought that after a year of being mergered, they would be making radios that work for both xm and sirius. Doesn't seem to be the case. Is this really my only option right now?

I would switch out the radio, but it looks like it's going to be hard with the current console setup. Is there anything I can buy to install inside the car somewhere to make the radio work for sirius?

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Old 01-24-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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since sirius and XM merging they are starting to share channels, depending on what you want to listen too it may already be on the XM that is included in the car
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:05 PM   #3
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I looked into doing the swap of the XM brain with a Sirius brain. They offer this for MANY GM cars. However, all the music stations are now merged, so the music programming you get on both is identical, since I prefer Howard Stern I will have to pay for the Best of Sirius package to get the talk channels, but honestly thats cheaper than doing the conversion, its not worth it. Its a few bucks extra. and probably within the next year they will fully merge everything, and then buying that box would have been a waste.

I will be contacting Sirius about just transferring my subscription to the Camaro, or possibly if they will do the Camaro as a secondary unit (like now if you pay full price monthly for a subscription you can add a second for $6.95).
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
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I looked into doing the swap of the XM brain with a Sirius brain. They offer this for MANY GM cars. However, all the music stations are now merged, so the music programming you get on both is identical, since I prefer Howard Stern I will have to pay for the Best of Sirius package to get the talk channels, but honestly thats cheaper than doing the conversion, its not worth it. Its a few bucks extra. and probably within the next year they will fully merge everything, and then buying that box would have been a waste.

I will be contacting Sirius about just transferring my subscription to the Camaro, or possibly if they will do the Camaro as a secondary unit (like now if you pay full price monthly for a subscription you can add a second for $6.95).
So are you saying that you will transfer your sirius account to an xm account and then pay for the extra stations? I guess I'm like you, I want the howard stern station too.

You say that the music stations are the same now. Does that mean that xm 80's is the same as sirius with all the mtv vj's and all?
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:49 AM   #5
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Same boat here. You can transfer your subscription to XM and pay for the sirius package. Call XM or sirius for details
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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So are you saying that you will transfer your sirius account to an xm account and then pay for the extra stations? I guess I'm like you, I want the howard stern station too.

You say that the music stations are the same now. Does that mean that xm 80's is the same as sirius with all the mtv vj's and all?
I honestly don't listen to the 80's station, but as far as I know both XM and sirius had practically identical channel lineups, so they took the best of each one and merged the other into it. I know the hard rock station from sirius (Octane) survived, while the classic rock station from XM was kept, and so on and so forth. I can kind of see why, if they are merged why bother having 2 stations/staffs of identical programming.

And yes I will transfer and pay extra for stern, in the end its cheaper than getting the sirius conversion brain.
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:05 PM   #7
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Since theu merged you can get the best of sirus with your xm subscription. Also a lot of the sirius chanels have migrated to xm.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:28 PM   #8
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Better call Sirius. I am pretty sure that you can not have one Sirius and one XM reciever on the same account. Need two accounts (one Sirius, one XM) for not. XM music channels all switch to the Sirius "equivilant". I know that you can buy Univeral recievers and adapter to retro an Sirius equiped car with XM and vise versa (did this with my current Chrysler to get XM). Its a pretty simiple plug and play with the radio, but you will have to install a new antenna.
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:39 AM   #9
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I just signed up with XM and the best of Sirius. I was 16.99 a month with taxes it was $218 for a year, ouch! Online computer hook up is free but you don't get the whole package.

I have been destroying computer burned CD's for years I wanted to try XM and the best of Sirius...you can change the prepaid services to your new Camaro. It sounds great!!

You get a discount for signing 2 or 3 years.

XM is $12.99 a month.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:01 PM   #10
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Better call Sirius. I am pretty sure that you can not have one Sirius and one XM reciever on the same account. Need two accounts (one Sirius, one XM) for not. XM music channels all switch to the Sirius "equivilant". I know that you can buy Univeral recievers and adapter to retro an Sirius equiped car with XM and vise versa (did this with my current Chrysler to get XM). Its a pretty simiple plug and play with the radio, but you will have to install a new antenna.
I looked up tht box there is none listed for the camaro yet but I'm sure that one thats out there will work. That said you may as well just get an XM subscription than buy taht box, the price difference will be the same as the cost to get the box. And you won't have to run a new antenna.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:00 PM   #11
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I have both XM and Sirius, and most of the channels and playlists are the same on both. i.e., the 80's personalities and songs are the same.
They haven't completely merged as far as the accounting goes, so you'll still have to pay the base of $12.95 (or whatever) on each. Second account is $6.99 on the base subscription.
I have two XM receivers. The first XM receiver is $12.95 and the second is $6.99. I pay a $12.95 base fee for my Sirius receiver. No word on when I can merge my accounts and pay $12.95 for the first one and $6.99 for each of the other two.
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I've had Sirius Radio since it started, and paid a one time fee of $499--and never have no payments. A lifetime subscription. But it's currently on a "Sportster" radio head unit.

I wonder if Sirius makes a portable radio unit, that would operate thru the USB port on to the Camaro's radio?

I'm not gonna install another antenna just to get Sirius in the car. While I haven't looked in to it lately, it used to be that I could transfer my lifetime subscription to another Sirius radio.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:20 AM   #13
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I've had Sirius Radio since it started, and paid a one time fee of $499--and never have no payments. A lifetime subscription. But it's currently on a "Sportster" radio head unit.

I wonder if Sirius makes a portable radio unit, that would operate thru the USB port on to the Camaro's radio?

I'm not gonna install another antenna just to get Sirius in the car. While I haven't looked in to it lately, it used to be that I could transfer my lifetime subscription to another Sirius radio.
there is also a stereo input jack just below the usb port
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Nexus6- The stereo jack I'm sure would work, just don't know if I put a portable unit hooked up to it- on how the antenna would come in to play.

I was more thinking about somehow using the USB port in order to utilize the XM antenna.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #15
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I've had Sirius Radio since it started, and paid a one time fee of $499--and never have no payments. A lifetime subscription. But it's currently on a "Sportster" radio head unit.

I wonder if Sirius makes a portable radio unit, that would operate thru the USB port on to the Camaro's radio?

I'm not gonna install another antenna just to get Sirius in the car. While I haven't looked in to it lately, it used to be that I could transfer my lifetime subscription to another Sirius radio.
I'm in the exact same boat.

Lifetime subscription on a Starmate dash unit.

I want to transfer this to either a portable unit or to my XM account in my Camaro. I really don't know what the best option is....

I guess ideally I'd like to swap "brains" in my car stereo and then transfer my lifetime to the new brain..... I wonder if that's an option?
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