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Audi A6, Audio, Sedan, Wagon
#2 of 51 Sirius question
Jan 18, 2007 (11:30 am)
I have on order a '07 A6 3.2Q including the tech. package. Does the car come with the Sirius installed for a gratis trial period?
#3 of 51 Re: Sirius question [allagaroo]
Jan 18, 2007 (11:58 am)
I believe if you opted for sat radio, you get a certain amount of time free. For BMW's it is a year. Not sure about other makers.
#4 of 51 Re: Sirius question [allagaroo]
Jan 18, 2007 (4:31 pm)
3 months gratis for Audi
#5 of 51 Re: Sirius question [allagaroo]
Jan 19, 2007 (5:43 pm)
Dealer told me 9 mos free when I picked up my A6 in Nov.
#6 of 51 Re: Sirius question [jimbori]
Jan 23, 2007 (3:45 pm)
Well mine went dead after 3 mos with a message to "subscribe"; when the AMI is available for ipod, I'm not sure I will keep Sirius. I think I would rather spend the money on itunes of my own personal taste.
#7 of 51 Re: Sirius question [wbwynn]
Jan 24, 2007 (6:14 pm)
After years of making my own playlists on CD's and other formats, I can state that Sirius (and I assume XM) blows the ipod away.
Of course I like variety and songs I may not know popping up, the predictability of even 300 to 3000 songs stored simply gets to be like going to a restaurant that you've been to a 100 times. Even my favorite restaurant has a menu that doesn't change as often as my tastes. The nightly specials are great, but, alas even they jus' don't do it.
I would think if Sat Radio survives financially AND can be accessed via a portable device that does not require "storage" that it could kill an ipod.
Even with shuffle play (which is not really random) the limitations of even thousands and thousands of songs just is too predictable.
Full disclosure, before I decided being poor wasn't too kool, I was a radio station program director -- my personal collection of "albums" exceeds 3,000 (thank you recording companies for the freebies all those many years.)
The beauty of "radio" regardless of its broadcast origin is that it can be creative. Even my best programs, once repeated a few times, bore me.
Sirius ain't perfect -- I have issue with it, in fact -- but it is the best I've heard in a moving vehicle.
Of course, if, like my friend, you go to a restaurant and NEVER order something you've never had before, well, the ipod is a good choice.
#8 of 51 Re: Sirius question [markcincinnati]
Jan 25, 2007 (5:24 pm)
Good comments; I agree with what you say. Paying Howard Stern $100 million up front makes me question the financial mgmt of Sirius. The ipod gives me enough playlist variations to keep the boredom away for a long time.
#9 of 51 Sirius + ipod
Jan 26, 2007 (8:45 am)
for the win. Have them both. I'm really hoping Denison comes to market SOON with their products that work with the systems like Audi and BMW provide for ipod integration while allowing you to also connect your CD changer, USB devices, and MP3 players.
#10 of 51 Re: Sirius question [wbwynn]
Feb 06, 2007 (10:08 pm)
well in sirius' defense, i would have to say that they unlike XM have made a very good choice with paying howard that load of money. since he has come to sirius the subscriptions have risen drastically, and now with nascar coming to sirius as well this season, i am sure that subscriptions will continue to rise.. one side note on the howard issue, by paying him that much money he has brought two channels of content , he's brought on a group from florida by the name of bubba the love sponge show (basically a redneck version of howard), a sports guy by the name of scott ferrell, a guy that talks about aliens by the name of riley martin, song parody guy (red peters) and constantly developing new shows.. now look at XM who paid opra a whole crap load of money (if im not mistaken even more than sirius paid howard) and she is only actually on her show maybe 30min a week the rest of the time its all of her "friends" running the show. honestly in my opinion as a consumer who was trying to figure which sat service would be the better value and be around longer, i think it is XM who will be going away before too long. and for the person who brought up the portable sirius unit, yeah they have three portables now, one of which (the stiletto 100) is both a sat radio (the size of most cell phones) but also a mp3 player as well. it not only can pick up the service via the antenna in the headset but by wireless internet as well
ok there is my 3cents worth lol...
#11 of 51 Re: Sirius, XM, iPod, etc.
Feb 07, 2007 (5:55 am)
Both Sirius and XM are bleeding cash. Due to having DirecTV at home and two cars with Sirius, I do have some reasonable experience with both, so here goes:
Based on "how long" these guys can bleed cash, I would assume there may come a time when they will be forced to merge. Apparently the hurdle that was once thought to prevent such a "monopoly" can be overcome and unless subscriptions rise sharply, rates go up and/or costs are slashed, this may happen in the mid-term. $600 million in losses can soon add up to some real money.
The holy grail, one would assume would be taking the iPod and sat radio and creating iRadio (or some better name) that would allow "on command" content, but from the satellite.
Programming this while you are driving would be an issue, unless voice activated: "play [artist, song], play [artist, song]" somewhat like putting your coins in a juke box and picking the next few songs and then hearing them play.
But programming an iPod is an in advance activity, too, so this should not be all that big of a deal, especially if you can go to the Sirius.com/myplaylist website and create your playlist and send it to YOUR serial number, kind of thing.
It is technically possible (or soon will be) much like on-demand services for movies on cable TV, etc.
Perhaps, too, an iPod - like unit (optional) could be purchased that, just like an iPod, would contain your Internet programmed playlist.
The somewhat less than seamless radio, iPod interface of today could (and I suspect will) give way to "everything on demand -- or not," marrying the best of the iPod with the best of sat radio.
Probably the European cars will offer this last or it will have "almost" all the capabilities turned on.
And, knowing Audi, they'll do it later than the other guys.