I don't like subscription services, period. I don't need another service like Apple's iRadio for which I pay a monthly fee whether I use it or not. In today's economy, people don't want to pay for subscriptions either. Most of us were still remember free AM/FM and, even though there were commercials, that was our only choice back then. Then Sirius came along, a great idea with great content and technology. I was amongst the first Sirius subscribers and I still subscribe, but not for the music. Sirius music channel annoy me. I hate rap and when I am listening to Sirius Hits #1 and a rap song is played... I simply change channels. This does not happen to me when I listen to Pandora. The personalized channels is the way to go as they only play the type of music that you are in the mood for and not a potpourri of every new song in the world!
Sirius will be fine, but my money is on Pandora. EVERYONE is trying to copy them and you know that you have a good thing when so many are trying to emulate you. In fact, Pandora has almost three times as many subscribers as Sirius and most come to Pandora, not only because is FREE but because is GREAT!
We American LOVE "FREE"!
I somewhat agree with you, except for the "We American LOVE "FREE"!" part. I'm glad you like Sirius and acknowledge it's much more than music. And will be much more than it is today soon.
Nothing should be free, but there should be an entry level fee for Sirius music, and steps up for Talk/News, Sports, Adult, and the highest level fee for Howard (that I would pay) but it's a fact that he gets paid alot also. I hear more and more people talking about Sirius these days, so I think they will surpass the 1.4 M number forecast for this year.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
The main difference between Pandora and Sirius content are the news channels and Howard Stern. What makes you think that Pandora can not add CNN, FOX, CNBC, Bloomberg, MSNBC and others in the near future? Don't you think that Mel Karmazin can actually join Pandora and then, when Howard Stern's contract ends at Sirius, he'll bring him to Pandora in a pay-per-listen channel? Pandora is now in Australia and New Zealand and tomorrow the world. Can Sirius do this? Really? How much would it cost for Sirius get 10 to 20 satellites and world licenses?
Wake up, Pandora's box is now open and the Radio Industry has noticed!