Unlike with TV, there are just two contenders in the huge battle for satellite radio supremacy. Sirius Satellite Radio
vs XM Satellite Radio. To find the satellite radio provider that suits you best, Sirius or XM Satellite Radio, you first need to know that there are many more similarities between Sirius and XM than differences.
Both Sirius Radio and XM have monthly subcription plans and, although each has pre-paid packages, Sirius is the only one currently to offer lifetime (of radio) subscriptions, which works out extremely reasonably. Otherwise, costs per month are very similar.
Both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM have portable tuners, which you can easily move from home to car, etc.
Both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM have superb, digital-quality sound, although you should buy orginal satellite radio equipment for best sound, as opposed to modifying an existing radio with an FM Modulator
Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each broadcast throughout the continental United States via their state-of-the-art satellite systems
Each has 100% commerical-free music channels, and the number of channels and genres is also very similar. Some non-music channels do have a minimal amount of commercials, but nothing to get worked up about. Compared to regular commercial radio they're effectively commercial-free.
At the end of the day, both Sirius Radio and XM Radio offer compelling products at excellent prices, although at this point in time, in our opinion - having tested both - we favor the Sirius Satellite Radio
. The well-designed Sirius Satellite Radios, sleek and stylish to say the least, also help to tip our scale in Sirius's favor.