You may ask yourself, "Is there any way I can listen to the radio in the morning and hear music, rather than idiots babbling for their own entertainment? Is there any way to drive through Arkansas and actually hear public radio rather than hip hop and country music? Are there any stations that play Police songs from albums older than Zenyatta Mondatta?" And the answer is: Yes, but you have to pay for it. So we did.
5 things I love about Sirius
- Artist Alert/Song Alert – The radio politely beeps and says “Excuse me, Tracy, but U2 is coming up on another station. Would you like to switch over there?” Awesome. It even beeps before the song actually comes on, so you don’t miss a note.
- Replay – Rewind and listen to it again! My favorite Dish Network feature, now available in a convenient, portable form.
- Uncensored – Hey, turns out I was wrong… Green Day was saying “faggot American.” I assumed it was a different F-word.
- Remote Control – I can change the station from anywhere.
- Song/Artist Display – Find out who the heck that mystery band is!
5 things I do not love about Sirius
- When the Artist Alert comes on, it doesn’t tell you what song is playing. Van Halen? Could be “Unchained” (yay!) could be “Jump” (bleh!). Take your chances. And there is no easy way to get back to the previous station when you realize the song you jumped to isn't one you want to listen to. Yes, I know I could program the individual songs I like, but there are only 30 slots available. J’s favorite Van Halen songs alone could take up all 30 slots.
- No way to manually type in your favorites for Artist Alerts or Song Alerts – you just have to wait until they are actually played, and then hit the button. What are the chances that an obscure favorite like the Boomtown Rats will come on just when I happen to be listening? (Okay, the chances for that one were 100%, since it happened yesterday. God, I love Sirius.)
- Uncensored – Okay, it’s funny to hear real live unbeeped obscenities in the promos, but it’s going to be awkward with a 6-year-old in the car.
- Remote Control – this thing is SO going to get lost, or have Coke spilled on it, and it will be all my fault.
- Song/Artist Display – Never again will I be able to flaunt my otherwise-useless trove of “who sang what” trivia.