My car has a satellite radio. I haven’t paid much attention to that feature since I got it because frankly I don’t want to pay for radio. I have enough music to carry around on a hard drive that plugs directly into my sound system, and I don’t have to worry about commercials, tunnels, weather, or other things disrupting it.
Someone at Sirius marketing had a good idea: give a free preview. It’s going on right now through November 27.
Too bad they didn’t tell the technical guys to ratchet down the compression a few notches so the music actually, you know, sounded good. Man it’s awful. So much aliasing in the higher frequencies, and I’m no audiophile. I was listening to the “Escape to Margaritaville” channel and during one song, a saxophone was turned into something buzzier and more annoying than Fran Drescher playing a kazoo. Even the voice overs sounded like they were being Auto-Tuned. That’s no good.
So thanks, Sirius, for the the free trial. I genuinely appreciate you giving me the opportunity to see how truly bad it sounds. I’m relieved that I am not missing out on anything and $12.95 a month can stay safely in my pocket. I’ll stick to my MP3s for now.
And if you do change things for the better, let me know. I’ll give it another (free) whirl.