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Who Really Needs XM or Sirius Satellite Radio?

MyFi XM Radio... the world's first portable Satellite Radio. It took two “brainwashing sessions” to get me to buy into the fact that we do, in fact, need Satellite Radio. Specifically, XM (as opposed to Sirius) Satellite Radio.

I was still a VERY hard sell.

Oh sure, the concept of Satellite Radio, in and of itself, is great. Remarkable. Incredible. Fantabulous.

I just don’t need it. WE just don’t need it. (Or so I thought.)


I’ve Done My Homework

Literally for years, I have been researching and studying the virtues of Satellite Radio. All the while convincing myself that it’s just one of those “fluff” gadgets for people who have everything (…similar to GPS units, according to my current line of thinking).

I even wrote an article highlighting all the pros and cons about Satellite Radio — both XM and Sirius!

And while I would guess that few really buy Satellite Radio because they “need” it… after listening to it for just a few hours on this night, we were both convinced: WE NEED IT!

XM Satellite Radio logo


I Changed My Tune About XM

Now, I wholeheartedly admit that Satellite Radio will be of great value to Jim while he’s traveling cross country to all these IHRA events — alone… in a car… without a CD, DVD or even a cassette player inside!

And I will thoroughly enjoy all the cool “gadgety” things about that portable little MyFi unit, like…

All of the components that come with the MyFi XM Radio.


  • Tier of Presets: We can set Jim’s 10 favorite channels, MY 10 favorite channels, and OUR 10 favorite channels — to suit us perfectly no matter who’s in possession of the radio any given time.
  • Tune Select: You can save a song into memory (by song or by artist), then every time that song or artist is being played ANYwhere on XM, then that song/artist will flash on the screen & you just press a button to jump to it.
  • Digital Readout Screen: No matter which channel you’re on, song and artist’s name appear on the screen, so you know who’s singing what. Same with talk shows, comedy shows, news programs, etc. Never again will we wonder who sings a particular song (…just wish they’d do the same for the songWRITERS.)
  • MLB Ticker: If you want, baseball scores and upcoming games will scroll across the bottom of the screen, while also keeping you up-to-date on when future games will be aired on XM channels.
  • XM to go — record your favorite XM programming, either AS you’re listening to it, or ahead of time (similar to a VCR recording).
  • Home-to-Car-to-Work Portability: You can get crystal-clear reception anywhere, anytime with the MyFi. The only reason you’d need to be near a stereo (at home or in the car) is so you can listen to your Satellite Radio through the speakers of that stereo (simply by tuning in to a particular FM frequency). Otherwise, you can use the earbuds (HIGH quality, and included by the way) to listen to your XM (by yourself) anywhere you go. You simply tote along a 1″ by 2″ antenna with you. (…Not to mention the CD quality sound ANYwhere you are!)

Why We Chose XM Over Sirius

Jim admiring his brand new XM Radio receiver... it's the MyFi portable XM Radio. We decided to go with XM over Sirius for a couple of reasons. (Though, to be honest, it was largely a toss-up.) Primarily:

  • XM has been around longer, thus it is more recognized, more popular — not that that means much. (For the record, XM has about 4 million subscribers; Sirius has about 1.5 million subscribers.)
  • XM seems to have more “original” programming. Which to us meant better pre-show and behind-the-scenes stuff with the more popular singers & songwriters.
  • XM is the only one to have a “portable” radio available at this time.
  • XM has MLB and some motorsports programming which we prefer over the NFL, NBA, and NHL coverage on Sirius.
  • Finally, when we were driving around shopping prices on the XM and Sirius radios, we spotted this XM vehicle in the Kroger parking lot. We’ve never seen anything like it before. So we figured it MUST be “a sign”… we’re SUPPOSED to choose XM. (I guess marketing on busses really works!)

XM satellite radio bus parked in the parking lots at the local Kroger supermarket. Marketing works... we drove next door and bought an XM Radio and signed up for a year of satellite radio!

The Best XM Radio ResourcesJim showing off his new XM MyFi Satellite Radio.


What I Learned Today…
Another gadget has been crossed off our list. Which means that next-in-line is probably a GPS unit! (There are so many FUN things you can do with a GPS.)