Cheap Satellite Radio

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Satellite radio, for the enthusiastic three million users in the United States who currently subscribe, is one of the best values out there for the money. Online consumer reviews praise satellite radio for its wide variety of music and information options. And most consider the 10 to 13 bucks a month they pay to be well worth the cost.

Satellite Radio: Cheap Compared to the Costs of Boredom

Users justify the expense, saying that for them, their time is worth money. Time spent listening to obnoxious, disruptive and intrusive advertisements for products they don't care about is time that could be spent doing things they actually want to do. Because they say they value their time more highly, it's worth it to pay for radio entertainment that doesn't shove useless products and information down their throats.

Like pledging dollars to annual fund drives for public radio and television stations, satellite radio users feel that the product they receive is worth the money they spend. However, compared to typical fund drive investments ($25 a month, $50 a month), $13 a month for satellite radio is cheap. After all (wonderful as it is), with NPR you only get NPR. With satellite radio, you get NPR and the NFL, Public Radio International, the Eminem channel, music streams devoted exclusively to hair bands, 70s rock, Howard Stern, Elvis, and classical orchestral and choral works.

Plus, satellite radio isn't just endless pre-programmed songs with no personal touch. Expert (and often celebrity) DJs are at the board, providing interesting information and commentary worth listening to. Satellite radio stations don't have to be slaves to "research" regarding which songs raise the most revenue. Satellite radio board operators can actually handpick their own selections, choosing from a deep album library across genres. Because of this independence from commercial interests, jocks can enjoy the kind of programming freedom they enjoyed back in the 60s and 70s, which focused on finding the coolest songs, for the greatest flow.

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