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My wife is thinking of getting me a "toy" for my b-day and she mentioned an ipod...i have been looking into getting satelite radio.....which is a better choice?and why?
 

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Easy choice, ipod hands down. There are so many more options and opportunities to use it. I have a 60 Gig ipod video and it goes everywhere I go. I have movies, TV shows and music on it, and I can listen/watch it anywhere I want, and when I want, that includes my truck. I'm not restricted to just my car or home like satelite radio. If you like listening to shows you can simply down load them, there are thousands of different podcasts out there, and there tons of new ones every day. All in all I find ipods so much more versatile and entertaining, then radio,.. satellite or not.
 

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You can use the ipod anywhere but the satellite radio only in the truck (unless you buy a home kit). I guess if I had to choose it'd be the ipod but I have both in my truck (actually a sansa mp3 but same idea). Actually I use the satellite radio more than the mp3 player when I'm driving. I'm waffling. Ok....pin me down I'd say get both and get a cheaper mp3 player instead of the ipod. :)
 

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+1 for ipod. You get just as much music, but you get to be the dj. Plus you can put movies, tv shows, etc on it.
 

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Adventure North said:
Easy choice, ipod hands down. There are so many more options and opportunities to use it. I have a 60 Gig ipod video and it goes everywhere I go. I have movies, TV shows and music on it, and I can listen/watch it anywhere I want, and when I want, that includes my truck. I'm not restricted to just my car or home like satelite radio. If you like listening to shows you can simply down load them, there are thousands of different podcasts out there, and there tons of new ones every day. All in all I find ipods so much more versatile and entertaining, then radio,.. satellite or not.
I came in here to post the same thing. Having videos at your fingertips is awesome! Not that I would actually DO this... :eek:: ... but, theoretically, it would be possible for me to watch an entire hour-long episode of a television show I might have missed while I commute to or from work.

I have both... iPod and XM in my truck. I find myself only listening to sports and news on XM now. If I want to hear music, I switch to the iPod.
 

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Ipod. :thumbup:

I will probably get rid of my Sirius once I get an Ipod. I might buy the iPhone (which doubles as an iPod) when it comes out. Also, I heard that a new style of iPod will be coming out soon.
 

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Guess I'll be the lone dissenter and say Sirius :)

If you're like me and dont have the time or desire to sit at a computer all day downloading stuff, satellite radio is a godsend over terrestrial.
 

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I have the best of both worlds. I have the new stiletto from Sirius and not only is it a live portable satellite receiver, but is also an ipod as well. You can download music and then play it in you truck or use it as an mp3 player. I have it hard wired in just like any sat. receiver with the car kit. You can store up to 100 or 200 hours of music, I can't remember which without looking it up. It was a great purchase and upgrade. You can also download video as well. You can also record sat. music and then listen to it later. Might be a good alternative for some. It was for me.
 

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soundman34
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I will admit that the sound quality of sat. radio is not the best, but since I upgraded the speakers and added an amp, is has improved quite a bit.
 

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I have both Ipod & Sirius hooked up and have to say I probably listen to Sirius more while driving; however, I like the Ipod when I'm running/biking or working out. If you could manage to get both, I would highly recommend it...I listen to Sirius to keep up with new music which gives me direction as to what to download on my Ipod for continuous listening. Sirius Octane (Channel 20) rocks...:rockon:
 

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I too have both(Ipod and Sirius) I do listen to my Sirius more often because I am a Howard Stern addict. I have Sirius in my car, garage, house and listen while on the computer. But definetely get the Ipod. It's more exspensive! :D ..and go with the 60G.
 

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noladude said:
I have both Ipod & Sirius hooked up and have to say I probably listen to Sirius more while driving; however, I like the Ipod when I'm running/biking or working out. If you could manage to get both, I would highly recommend it...I listen to Sirius to keep up with new music which gives me direction as to what to download on my Ipod for continuous listening. Sirius Octane (Channel 20) rocks...:rockon:

+1! :clap: I get Octane and a few other stations through my Dish Network subscription. I'll put Octane on, hear something new that I don't have, hit up the bittorrent sites, and download the album! :naughty:
 

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Id have to go with iPod as well. I have an iPod 40gb and XM. Because of the sound quality with Sat radio (yes both XM and Sirius) I find myself listening to my iPod most of the time. I do however keep the XM for news, sports, and NavTraffic; makes driving LA fwys a breeze.
 

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is the sound quality of the satelite radio really that bad?
 

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I think it is. It's basicly mp3's ripped from cd's then shot out by the satelite. But since they've expanded to so many channels they've had to compress the music so much the quality suffers. It is nowhere near cd quality. Listen to a internet radio station that is about 64kbps and that's about what you're going to get.

I for one couldn't tollerate it and brought the receiver back and cancelled the service in less than a day. You may not even notice it, listen and if you like it then have a blast!
 

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usmcski said:
is the sound quality of the satelite radio really that bad?
My experience is that if you setup your satellite receiver correctly, the quality is better than acceptable. I also run Sirius through a docking station into the amp/receiver in my home and it sounds awesome. ;)
 
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