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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting bored of FM radio commercials and channel surfing. Plus the UI could be much better on stations - like having the ability to delete stations. I have an iPhone and could stream music but it seems to take some time to connect and I'd prefer to not look at my phone while driving. I use apps like Amazon Music, iHeartRadio but I don't believe those allow voice commands.

So I'm thinking about signing up for SiriusXM. Anyone like or dislike it?

I steam most music and like a variety.

What do you find works well in the Outback in terms of music?

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I have XM accounts in 4 of my vehicles and I love it. Don't have it in my wife's Forester as she doesn't love it.

Try it and see if you like it.

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Never paid any attention to satellite radio til the wife got it in her 2013 Legacy. After having it there I made sure I got it on my 2015 Outback. I don't do music on my phone and the local radio stations have all changed to "talk radio". So with XM I can listen to the kind of music I like anytime I want.

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Thanks for the replies. Just signed up for a 5 month trial. Seems like the easiest and possibly best thing for radio
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I had XM radio in few vehicles before and now have it active in current Outback, BUT only because all those cars came with a trial subscriptions and I NEVER extended the subscription beyond the free trial. Yes, XM radio does have few stations with music selection that I could tolerate listening to for whole day, however the overall sound quality sucks on ALL stations (due to very low bitrates they use), which is noticeable even on stock audio systems on all cars I've driven and the monthly fee is somewhat unreasonable considering the quality you're getting. Plus the built-in XM radio antenna on Outback seems to be pretty poorly designed and quickly cuts the music when the car is driving under (or next to) any kind of large obstruction such as overpasses, very tall buildings or some bridges.

Personally I'd rather make my own music collection and put it on USB stick (you can fully control the playback through the headunit) or (my current preferred way) just connect the phone using AUX IN or Bluetooth and just use one of the streaming music apps (Spotify, Google Music, Pandora or Amazon Music - whatever you prefer) to listen to stuff. Yes, manually skipping tracks might be distracting when using smartphone but I usually don't have to do that especially when using my own playlist, plus the extra positives of listening to better audio quality (even when streaming through Bluetooth), cheaper monthly fees and listening to the music without random skips (such as when driving or stopping under the underpasses, over some bridges and near other tall structures which can easily disrupt XM radio signal) greatly outweigh this minor drawback.

Anyway, it's up to you which method would be more convenient for your needs.
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Hmm, the 2018 with Carplay allows you to skip songs etc with voice commands, so streaming from a phone is fast, easy, and free. I think connecting the phone through AUX IN is the way to go in the absence of that.
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Plus the UI could be much better on stations - like having the ability to delete stations.
You can add and delete stations...albeit awkwardly.
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You can add and delete stations...albeit awkwardly.
How do you delete?
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How do you delete?
Unless something changed with the '18 HU, you don't. Just replace the preset with another station more to your liking.

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@z28dug You are opening a new set of worms ? Why I cannot only have 3 stations??? That was stupid that they are a default number of station???? I want at least 99 presets.....on and on and on.

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