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Sirius Purge

I have had enough of Sirius XM, and I started the purge today, by shutting off the first of my radios, and will continue to drop the other 3 as they approach renewal, with the last being the one in my truck which expires 2/1/2011.

I am thoroughly convinced these guys running Sirius have no clue on what is going around them. I don’t think they understand how much they industry has changed in the past few years, or how much it will change in the coming years. They need to get away for the hardware, something they do badly, and concentrate on the content. All the cross promotion needs to go away, I could care less what’s on the elvis channel, and I could care even less about what Richard Blade did last night or what pathetic mundane problem is ruining Madison’s life today, shut up and play music.

I bought Sirius for one thing and one thing only, Howard Stern… I was perfectly happy with what XM was playing in my  truck on the way to and from work, and when I got to work I wanted to listen to Howard, but even Howard is starting to bore me, it almost seems formulaic, all the spontaneity seems going,  and I am even more pissed when it appears that Howard killed  the availability of 100 and 101 from the iPhone app, he claims to be a company guy, yeah right… I feel that Howard will continue broadcasting, but not on Sirius, but some other method of delivery, and thats where I’ll probably end up…

The other thing is where are all the cost savings, the converged content, the improved capabilities that were promised from the merger, look at all the new hardware, it all appears to be XM branded, only working on XM, and you have to add the Best of sirius…

Going forward I am going to start taking the money I would have spent on Sirius, and continue to grow my iTunes Library, so that in a year I’ll have what I want to listen to when I want to listen to it without being annoyed by silly top 40 radio tactics…

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uSirius Starplayer iPhone Preview released…

Just got the preview loaded on my iPhone, and will mess around with it on my trip today, and report back later…

On an initial first look, it looks like they took care of the majority of feature requests and I assume the few minor bugs that existed…

The “Auto Tune” feature is a great addition, from app launch to playing last tuned station is about 17 seconds, and I’m showing about 3 bars of 3G coverage…

More to follow when I have time…

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Sirius-ly Stupid…

It is obvious to me that there is absolutely no drug testing going on at Sirius, for talent or management, maybe for the technical staff, because they seem to be the only ones that are doing anything right at sirius. 

I have been pummeled all freaking day with COMMERCIALS on commercial free Sirius, about the freaking superbowl coverage, 13 channels in 10 languages. 10 languages you have to be kidding me. So I wandered over to the sirius web site to find out what 10 languages were talking about here, so here is the breakdown.

  • 4 Channels in English, 1 of those in the Queens english.
  • 1 Channel in Spanish, understandable considering the number of spanish speaking NFL fans.
  • 1 Channel in Russian, huh, how many Russian speaking sirus subscribers are there
  • 1 Channel in French, same question??
  • 1 Channel in Japanese, same question??
  • 1 Channel in German, same question??
  • 1 Channel in Italian, same question??
  • 1 Channel in Mandarin Chinese, same question??
  • 1 Channel in Hungarian say what, there are only 1.5 million hungarians in the US or one half of one percent of the US population
  • And 1 Channel in Flemish W.T.F.

First things first, no offense to the flemish people.
I did the numbers here, and here is break down, and yes I did some creative math, because flemish is not a number the U.S. Census tracks, so I used Belgium, and since Flanders (Flemish people come from Flanders) occupies the Northern half of  Belgium, and the CIA factbook says so, I make the assumption that 58% of the belgium people speak flemish. According to the 2000 census there were 384,531 people of Belgian ancestry living in the U.S. and 58% of that is 223,028 people of Flemish ancestry. So we now figure in that roughly 6.7% of the U.S. population or 20Mil, are currently Sirius subscribers, gives us a total of 14,943 people in this country that are of Flemish ancestry and potentially Sirius subscribers, and I am guessing that the number of them that actually speak or understand Flemish is a lot lower then that, then how many of them are football fans, and will actually be listening to the game. My guess is somewhere around 5, 6 tops…

Looking at the numbers has brought another question, why Flemish, when there are twice as many Finnish people, and three times as many Czech, and there are more polish then Russian, French or Flemish…

It comes down to the issue, that a company in Sirius’ financial shape should not be spending any money, no matter how little it costs, and annoying subscribers in San Francisco or Seattle by preempting their traffic and weather to cover the Superbowl in Flemish, because I’m guessing that there are more people listening to traffic and weather in San Francisco and Seattle, then there will be Flemish people listening to the Superbowl

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Sirius-ly Disappointed

First things first….

I am a Sirius subscriber, a Sirius stock holder, a Sirius XM merger supporter, and a sucker!

I have fair amount of Sirius stock. that I paid about $2.50 to $3.00 a share, and at if I were to sell it all now, I think I could pay for  couple months subscriptions and may have enough left over for a triple vente mocha, but I might have to settle for a grande. They handled the merger so freaking badly, they should have taken the music programming from the XM side of the house, and fired all the DJ’s and just stuck with the automation that XM had. I am tired all the freaking cross promotion going on, isn’t that essentially a commercial? As far as talk and entertainment goes, they should have kept the Sirius side and dumped all the crap on XM, “The Best of XM” now thats a joke in itself, maybe if they paid me the $4.04 per month I’d allow them to put that crap on my radio, as long as I didn’t have to listen to it. It would be real interesting to see the head to figures of best of XM against the best of Sirius. And why in the F*** don’t I have MLB on Sirius.

Then I see this the other day”Rumor: Price increases to come for Sirius XM ” which essentially says that additional radios are going to go up $2 a month, and online listening will now be $2.99, now since I currently have 5 radios and also listen online, I think know I’ll be cutting back in that quantity to one radio and one online account. That will essentially be a loss of $25.00 per month times 1, and I am sure I am not the only one.

This is NOT what Mel Karmazin at all those hearings, in fact he said exactly the opposite, more choices and lower prices.

WHen it comes to the  stock price, how much longer until we hear the imortal words