SiriusXM raising music royalty fee to just under 20%

Discussion in 'SiriusXM Satellite Radio' started by comfortably_numb, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Scott Greczkowski

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    I just called and asked, still $14 bucks.
     
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    Sounds like it is time to review my plans. I have one inactive receiver and one active sub. I just want news, weather, and traffic. Dont need music.
     
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    My experience was somewhere before the merger...I don't doubt what u say
     
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    It was about 34.00 I believe out the door. I was originally quoted with about 15.00 a month. Called back to see if I could get a deal
     
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    While that sucks, it's not totally unexpected.

    SiriusXM is my main source of audio entertainment. While my ride into work is at most 20 minutes on a bad day, I spend every second of it listening to Sirius XM. When I take my biannual road trips every Spring and Fall, it's a godsend. I could not imagine listening to boring old repetitive, censored, commercial filled regular radio. Favoring rural locations to visit, cell phone reception is often non-existent for streaming in many of the areas I go, and while I have a flash drive filled with music, it's boring knowing what may be coming next, plus no live content from Fox.

    I listen online at work using the smartphone app, use the Echo skill at home for background noise if I want better audio quality stream on my desktop which has a pretty decent set of speakers.

    I am one of the suckers who has never called in to threaten to cancel or begged for a lower rate. I pay full retail on three subscriptions. Each have to best package. When helps is for the past couple of years, a guy that I work with pays me $100 a year for access to my online streaming. He had no desire to have a satellite subscription, but liked the idea of the online subscription. $15/month was too high for him so I offered access to my account for about half that. Which reminds me, I have to see him about his 2018 payment :)

    Sirius XM, still worth every penny to me
     
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  7. comfortably_numb

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    If you both try to listen online at the same time, they’ll kick one of you off. At least that’s how it used to work.
     
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    That is still how it works, but I have unique logons created for each one of the three subscriptions for online listening and it works fine so long as the same username isn't being logged into twice at the same time.

    For myself, to manage it easily, the beginning of my online account username is the same for all three online accounts, but the last two digits are the last two digits of the corresponding ESN of the radio. I use the online credentials associated with the account for my car, my wife who rarely uses the online streaming, uses the one associated with her car, and the guy at work has my logon that associated with the built in tuner on my Sony A/V Receiver.
     
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    The thing with Howard and the Faction Talk shows is that you can get them on other platforms the day after they air, free. So, back in the days when they were two separate companies, cost was way down. It was a shame to pirate their content. That's why I subscribed to XM. I was an Opie and Anthony fan over Howard. Now, the joint company is a huge rip off. The only time I pay for it is when I go on long road trips. Then I'll pay for a six month subscription.
     
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    It's possible this is because even TALK programming pays royalties for what they call "bumper music" going in and out of breaks. If they're not using "royalty free" music, that's the likely cause...and some of the biggies love using popular music to match topics, be it on sports channels, news channels, or others. Even in terrestrial radio you pay a fee for this just in case the program(s) you carry use commercially licensed music from the "Big 3" (plus one now...making it 4.)
     
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    You can't even use 10 secs of music on the bumpers without paying for the whole song?
     
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    They have rates for "talk" stations to pay. There is no "10 second rule" which is the mythical rule of "fair usage." Most bumper music is commercial--and something meant for the audience to instantly recognize, set the mood so to speak... and the music industry wants to be paid....(plus, you notice, many times it's not 10 seconds....)
     
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    We can stream two streams if one is on Alexa. So in reality we get three "streams" of music without using an actual radio, Alexa, computer or mobile device, and DISH.
     
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    Does that include streaming?
     
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    No it did not
     
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