SiriusXM Prices and Packages

  • Craig Fitzgerald
  • 9/16/2020

Have you just bought a new car? Chances are pretty good that SirusXM Satellite radio was (A) a standard feature on your radio and (B) free of charge for a certain period of time. If you’re coming to the end of that trial, you’re making decisions on whether to keep the service. Or, if you just bought a used car with the functionality embedded in your audio system, you’re wondering whether to start up.

The answer -- like the answer every good attorney will give you to any question -- is “It depends,” on a lot of factors:

  • Did you have the service and enjoyed it? If the answer is “Yes,” then there’s a compelling reason to stay with it. If the answer was “not really,” then you already know the answer to this question.
  • Do you use the extended features of SiriusXM? SiriusXM is about more than just good radio. Services like NavTraffic can help you negotiate around heavy traffic spots, and find your way through unfamiliar cities. NavWeather can alert you to heavy storms coming your way. TravelLink can assist in making your next vacation much more pleasurable by finding the cheapest gas, booking hotels, locating parking spots and electric vehicle charging stations. If any of these concierge services are useful, you’re going to want to sign up.

SiriusXM Prices

PackageMonthly FeeAdditional FeaturesMonthly Fee
SiriusXM Select$16.99TravelLink$1.99
SiriusXM All Access$21.99Traffic$3.99
SiriusXM Mostly Music$10.99Traffic+TravelLink$5.98
NavTraffic+NavWeather$7
NavTraffic+NavWeather+TravelLink$8.99

SiriusXM Packages

The quickest way to figure out whether or not SirusXM is right for you is to figure out exactly what you’re getting out of it. There are three different SirusXM packages available that are applicable to you if you’re interested in listening while you’re driving. (There are two others if you want just access at home, but since this is Car Talk and not House Talk, we’ll leave those aside for now).

The packages for listening in the car are:

  • SiriusXM Select: SiriusXM Select is basically all of the music stations available, all the comedy stations, all the news stations, plus the bulk of the sports channels with the exception of Major League Baseball.
  • SiriusXM All Access: SiriusXM All Access gets you everything in SirusXM Select, plus two Howard Stern Channels, plus Major League Baseball.
  • SiriusXM Mostly Music: As the name implies, “Mostly Music” is ...well, mostly music.

We compiled the chart below to give you an easy way to compare the packages:

Sirius XM SelectSiriusXM All AccessSiriusXM Mostly Music
SiriusXM VideoAccess to SiriusXM video online and on the appAccess to SiriusXM video, including Howard Stern video, online and on the appAccess to SiriusXM video online and on the app
Listening Outside the CarIncludes 5,000+ hours of On Demand shows, performances and interviewsIncludes 5,000+ hours of On Demand shows, performances and interviewsIncludes On Demand shows, performances, and interviews
Personalized Stations Powered by PandoraCreate customized, ad-free music stations online and on the app
Ad-Free Music ChannelsAll of our ad-free music channelsAll of our ad-free music channelsA selection of our ad-free music channels
Exclusive Artist-Dedicated ChannelsThe Beatles, Garth Brooks, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Grateful Dead, and moreThe Beatles, Garth Brooks, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Grateful Dead, and more
24/7 Comedy ChannelsComedy Central Radio, Jeff & Larry's Comedy Roundup, and moreComedy Central Radio, Jeff & Larry's Comedy Roundup, and more
World-Class NewsFOX News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg Radio, NPR, and moreFOX News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg Radio, NPR, and more
Howard Stern2 Dedicated Channels
NFLEvery NFL game, plus 24/7 Exclusive NFL® Talk Channel
NASCAREvery Race, Plus 24/7 Exclusive NASCAR® Talk Channel
MLBEvery MLB game, Plus 24/7 Exclusive MLB® Talk ChannelEvery MLB game, Plus 24/7 Exclusive MLB® Talk Channel
NBAEvery NBA Game, Plus 24/7 Exclusive NBA® Talk ChannelEvery NBA Game, Plus 24/7 Exclusive NBA® Talk Channel
NHLNHL Games, Plus 24/7 Exclusive NHL® Talk ChannelNHL Games, Plus 24/7 Exclusive NHL® Talk Channel
PGA TourPGA TOUR® Coverage, Plus 24/7 Exclusive PGA TOUR® Talk ChannelPGA TOUR® Coverage, Plus 24/7 Exclusive PGA TOUR® Talk Channel
College Sports24/7 coverage of men's and women's major college conference sporting events24/7 coverage of men's and women's major college conference sporting events
Traffic & WeatherDedicated ChannelsDedicated Channels
Xtra Channels100+ online Xtra channels for every mood or activity100+ online Xtra channels for every mood or activity

How to choose a SiriusXM package

Your decision on which package to choose comes down to these questions:

  • Do you want NFL and Howard Stern? If the answer is “YES,” then you’ll want SiriusXM All Access. There’s no other way to get the content you’re looking for without selecting the service’s most expensive package.
  • Are you interested in artist-specific stations? SirusXM has relationships with a number of artists, and features many curated stations that focus on the music of those artists, plus provide additional content like call-in radio shows, features focusing on certain parts of their history and more. Here are the stations that SirusXM currently operates that focus on those artists. Artists include The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, U2 and more. If you don’t select SirusXM All Access, you can get these channels with SiriusXM Select and save a few bucks every month.
  • Are you only interested in music stations by genre? Sirius Mostly Music will cover you for a “selection” of the ad-free music channels, but you won’t get all of them. You’re going to miss the artist-specific channels. You still get 85 or so music channels, plus some talk radio as well.

Here is the music channel lineup:

Channel NumberChannel NameChannel TypeGenreDescription
2SiriusXM Hits 1MusicPopToday's Pop Hits
3Pandora NowMusicPopToday's trending hits from Pandora
4SoulCycle RadioMusicPopMusic to energize your soul
550s on 5MusicPop50s Pop Hits
660s on 6MusicPopAll 60s hits
770s on 7MusicPop70s Pop Hits
880s on 8MusicPop80s Pop Hits
990s on 9MusicPop90s Pop Hits
10Pop2KMusicPop2000s Pop Hits
12PopRocksMusicPopRock & Pop from the '90s & 2Ks
14The Coffee HouseMusicPopAcoustic/Singer-Songwriters
15The PulseMusicPopToday's Pop Hits
16The BlendMusicPopBright Pop Hits
17The BridgeMusicPopMellow Classic Rock
21Underground GarageMusicRockLittle Steven's Garage Rock
25Classic RewindMusicRock70s/'80s Classic Rock
26Classic VinylMusicRock60s/'70s Classic Rock
27Deep TracksMusicRockDeep Classic Rock
28The SpectrumMusicRockClassic Rock Meets New Rock
29Phish RadioMusicRockThe Phish Universe On SiriusXM
331st WaveMusicRockClassic Alternative
34LithiumMusicRock90s Alternative/Grunge
35SiriusXMUMusicRockIndie & Beyond
36Alt NationMusicRockNew Alternative Rock
37OctaneMusicRockNew Hard Rock
38Ozzy's BoneyardMusicRockOzzy's Classic Hard Rock
39Hair NationMusicRock80s Hair Bands
40Liquid MetalMusicRockHeavy Metal-XL
41SiriusXM TurboMusicRock90s/2000s Hard Rock - XL
42The JointMusicHip-Hop/R&BReggae
43Rock The Bells RadioMusicHip-Hop/R&BClassic Hip-Hop w/ LLCoolJ-XL
44Hip-Hop NationMusicHip-Hop/R&BHip-Hop Hits-XL
46The HeatMusicHip-Hop/R&BToday's R&B Hits
48Heart & SoulMusicHip-Hop/R&BAdult R&B Hits
49Soul TownMusicHip-Hop/R&BClassic Soul/Motown
50The GrooveMusicHip-Hop/R&B70s/'80s R&B
51BPMMusicDance/ElectronicElectronic Dance Music Hits
52Diplo's RevolutionMusicDance/ElectronicFuture Sounds
53SiriusXM ChillMusicDance/ElectronicDowntempo/Deep House
54Studio 54 RadioMusicDance/Electronic70s-2000s Dance Hits
56The HighwayMusicCountryToday's Country Hits
58Prime CountryMusicCountry80s/'90s Country Hits
59Willie's RoadhouseMusicCountryWillie's Classic Country
60Outlaw CountryMusicCountryRockin' Country Rebels
61Y2KountryMusicCountry2000s Country Hits
62Bluegrass JunctionMusicCountryBluegrass
62Bluegrass JunctionMusicCountryBluegrass
63The MessageMusicChristianChristian Pop & Rock
64Kirk Franklin's PraiseMusicChristianKirk Franklin's Gospel Channel
65enLightenMusicChristianSouthern Gospel
65enLightenMusicChristianSouthern Gospel
66WatercolorsMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalSmooth/Contemporary Jazz
67Real JazzMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalClassic Jazz
68SpaMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalNew Age
69EscapeMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalEasy Listening
70Real JazzMusicRock70s/'80s Smooth-Sailing Soft Rock
72On BroadwayMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalShow Tunes
7340s JunctionMusicJazz/Standards/Classical40s Pop Hits/Big Band
75Met Opera RadioMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalOpera/Classical Voices
76Symphony HallMusicJazz/Standards/ClassicalClassical Music
78Kids Place LiveTalk & EntertainmentFamilyKids' Music
79Radio DisneyTalk & EntertainmentFamilyPop Hits For The Entire Family
110Doctor RadioTalk & EntertainmentEntertainmentReal Doctors, Real People
120BBC World ServiceNews & IssuesNews/Public RadioWorld News
121SiriusXM 121News & IssuesNews/Public RadioSiriusXM 121
122NPR NowNews & IssuesNews/Public RadioNPR News & Conversation
128Joel Osteen RadioTalk & EntertainmentEntertainmentPositive Inspiration For Life
129The Catholic ChannelTalk & EntertainmentReligionTalk For Saints and Sinners
130EWTN RadioTalk & EntertainmentReligionSolid Catholic Talk
131Joel Osteen RadioTalk & EntertainmentReligionChristian Talk
141HUR VoicesMoreMoreReal talk with real people
142HBCUMoreMoreHBCU Excellence In Education
143BYUradioMoreMoreTalk About Good
145SLAM RadioMoreMoreSPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT TALK
145SLAM RadioMoreMoreSPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT TALK
148RadioClassicsTalk & EntertainmentEntertainmentClassic Radio Shows
152En VivoMoreMoreWhere Music Is Born
153La Politica TalkMoreMoreLive Hispanic Talk
154American Latino RadioMoreMoreAmerican Latino Talk Radio
158CalienteMusicPopLatin music & culture meet!
162CBC Radio 3MoreCanadianCanadian Indie Music First
165Canadian Indigenous Peoples' RadioMoreCanadianModern Canadian Indigenous Music
166ICI Musique FrancoCountryMoreCanadianFrancophone Country Folk
169CBC Radio OneNews & IssuesNews/Public RadioCanada's #1 Radio News Source
171CBC CountryMoreCanadianNew Canadian Country
173The VergeMoreCanadianNew & Emerging Indie/Alt-Rock
174Influence FrancoMoreCanadianThe New Indie Pop Alternative

SiriusXM vs. Streaming Services

When satellite radio first launched in the 1990s, it represented something that terrestrial radio just couldn’t offer: Hundreds of channels, customized and curated for whatever kind of listening you loved. Especially for fans of talk radio, it got down to granular levels that the AM and FM bands just couldn’t compete with.

But in the intervening years, a lot has changed. Streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music have taken ownership of the music industry, and they’re the go-to options for hard-core music listeners. Services like Apple Podcasts and Stitcher stream even more specific talk listening right to your phone, offering variety that SiriusXM just can't.

So why bother with SiriusXM at all with all these streaming services available? There are a number of really good reasons:

  • Curation: Streaming services in general have algorithmic curation. Do you listen to a lot of AC/DC? Spotify and Pandora are going to serve you more, and serve you things that are kind of like AC/DC. Buuuuut not really. How many times have you been listening to music you like and suddenly, Spotify is serving up a song from a band you’ve never heard of, that you’d never listen to otherwise, and that you really, really don’t like. It happens every single day. The algorithm is good, but sorry, it ain’t that good.

SiriusXM still relies on old-school program directors and on-air talent to curate music that you’re more likely to listen to. XM21 (Little Steven’s Underground Garage) is a good example. Do you like the Ramones? Good, because every song played on that channel is either the Ramones, bands that influenced the Ramones, or bands the Ramones influenced. And on top of that, there’s good on-air talent that provides information about those songs you may not have known. And they’re breaking new music in that genre, too, something that simply is not happening anywhere other than a few college or community radio stations around the country.

  • Integration: The major advantage to SiriusXM in the car is that it’s native to almost every OEM audio system sold in the United States in the last 20 years. The band already exists on your radio, all you have to do is turn it on. It works seamlessly with no additional hardware, and you can save your favorite stations right along with your favorite AM and FM stations.

  • Satellite Coverage: There are a whole lot of places in this country where streaming services just don’t work. You’re depending on a signal on your phone -- or through the onboard WiFi now available in many cars -- for your listening. If you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you’re going to be disappointed if you rely solely on streaming services.

You can start in California and end up in Massachusetts and listen to the same SiriusXM channel from coast to coast with barely an interruption, because it’s satellite based and the whole country is covered. The only dead spots you’ll notice are when tree cover is particularly thick, but on the highways, you hardly ever lose signal.

  • Artist Support: If you care about artists getting paid for their work, streaming services like Spotify and Pandora simply do not pay artists enough, and they’re belligerent about it. Spotify currently pays somewhere around the laughable $0.00318 per stream, but that’s not even the reality of what artists are seeing. Classical violinist Tasmin Little earned just £12.34 (about $15.67) for five to six million streams, for example.

SirusXM, on the other hand, is working under a much more strict royalty requirement, as set out by Congress. “Unlike terrestrial radio, SiriusXM is required to pay copyright music royalties to recording artists, musicians and recording labels that hold copyrights in sound recordings (the actual recording of a work) that were fixed after February 15, 1972. Like terrestrial radio, SiriusXM must also pay music publishers who hold copyrights in musical compositions (or the lyrics and music) through their collective organizations such as ASCAP and BMI. The U.S. Music Royalty Fee offsets royalties payable by SiriusXM to composers, publishers, recording artists, musicians and record labels that hold copyrights in musical works and recordings.” Nobody’s getting rich off of SiriusXM royalties, but at least it’s not the near theft that’s happening with the streaming services.

FAQ

How much does SiriusXM cost?

The base price for subscriptions is $16.99 for SiriusXM Select, $21.99 for SiriusXM All Access and $10.99 for SiriusXM Mostly Music, without any applicable discounts.

Can you get SiriusXM Satellite Radio for Free?

If you just bought a new car, chances are you have SiriusXM for free for three months. There are also discount programs that can get you free access for a limited period of time.

Does Honda have SiriusXM Satellite Radio?

Yes. Every manufacturer currently offers a radio with SiriusXM built into its capabilities.

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