Sirius-XM acquiring Pandora

Discussion in 'A Small Circle of Friends: The Music Forum' started by Mike Blakesley, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator Thread Starter

    I just read in the Billboard Bulletin that Sirius-XM is acquiring Pandora for $3.5 billion.

    I don't know if this will make SXM better, or have a bad effect on Pandora.

    Here's a copy of the article from the Bulletin.

  2. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I used to subscribe to Pandora for a short time and I don't think their connection to Sirius XM will help improve the service one bit and I got tired of the flow of music stopping after every 3 songs and messages asking me to "Confirm I'm still listening because they don't want to play to an empty room" that happened too much and that's when I said i was Done with it
  3. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    I've paid $3.99/month for Pandora for years, as I use it a minimum of two hours per day (in the kitchen while preparing dinner and cleaning up, or while outdoors working in or near the least when it's not -11°F outside and your county is rationing natural gas, like tonight... :rolleyes: ).

    I only think SiriusXM will ruin it. They'll absorb it, the Music Genome Project will get killed off...that just sucks. It was the only unique streaming service to offer it. I'm sure my $3.99/month deal will somehow get turned into $20/month, in which case I will raise my throbbing middle finger in the general direction of the SiriusXM's world headquarters and have 'em kiss my flaming assets! :wink:

    Sirius destroyed XM's good programming and dumbed it down, and laid off all the good on-air talent they used to have. My other half kind of likes it in the car (it's marginally better than our horrible terrestrial radio), but I have absolutely no use for it. When I had to drive four hours in a vehicle I picked up, I activated the two month trial before leaving the dealer's lot. The sound quality was absolutely horrible. It had that awful "underwater" garbled sound that is typical of compressed music. Way worse than when I used my XM receiver for hours per day--while it was never perfect, it was never so distractingly bad. (I'm not the only one who's heard it.)

    RIP sold out to the devil.
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  4. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator Thread Starter

    That's why I like Amazon Unlimited Music. It will play for days without stopping.

    We have Sirius in both of our vehicles. I use it more for the comedy, talk and news channels than for music -- the only time I use it for music is if I'm on a road trip with my wife and then we keep it down so we can talk, and the sound quality is less important.

    I can't stand listening to the music channels if I'm driving by myself because I usually have a very specific idea of what I want to hear, and my list and theirs almost never match up. Plus I don't like hearing the same 3 songs by an artist exclusively.

    SXM seems to have retooled the comedy channels somewhat - they seem more listenable than they did a few years ago. There are fewer parody songs and prank phone calls, and not as much X-rated explicit sexual humor, and more PG-13 to R-rated mainstream-type stuff. I expect the mainstream success of comics like Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan and their ilk may have helped this trend along.

    We use Amazon Unlimited at work. I've found if you listen to an artist's "station" you get a much deeper selection of THAT artist's catalog, but usually the same few tired greatest-hits of every relatable artist. My favorite stations to play are the Doobie Brothers, Alan Parsons, and Toto. They give a nice variety of not-too-noisy rock.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019
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