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Old 10-21-2002, 01:16 PM   #1
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Can I subscribe to XM Satellite? Or does BMW require Sirius?

I already did a search, and i'm still a little unclear. Since Sirius has that agreement with BMW, does that mean I have to go with them? Or can I try XM Satellite with just as much ease? Any have any comments on these services since the last post? thanks.
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Old 10-21-2002, 01:56 PM   #2
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If you plan on getting an aftermarket deck, you can get whichever format you want - BMW can't stop you. However if you plan on using the interface kit to work with the stock headunit, then you'll be stuck w/ Sirius. I'm not sure they've come out w/ those interface kits yet - at least not that I know of for a 2002 model.

My take on XM vs Sirius - XM is like 3 bucks cheaper per month, but they supplement that by having commercials during the broadcasts. Sirius is more expensive, but completely commercial free.

If you decide to go aftermarket, then most likely your headunit choice will dictate which format you go with. Alpine has stuck w/ XM, while Kenwood has gone Sirius. Of course both formats have an FM modulator interface which allows you to receive the stations and broadcast over any style radio, but then that kind of defeats the purpose of satelite quality, right?
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Old 10-21-2002, 07:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info drgalleg. I'm thinking about satellite radio because my AM antaenna in this car doesn't work worth sh**. So its all in the name of sports talk radio.
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