OK, so I’m listening to the This Week in Tech podcast. This week, Leo Laporte, John Dvorak and Molly Wood were discussing the Sirius XM Radio situation. The company is in serious trouble. Both Molly and Leo were wondering why in the world anyone would subscribe to the service and Dvorak chimed in with ‘$120 a year is expensive.’ Then, they go on to suggest that other alternatives are better and PROCEED TO EXPOUSE THE iPhone. WHAT? Why the hell does it always come back to this device? Leo suggests that you can use some application from the iTunes store on your iPhone to listen to streams in your car. Whatever. Look, I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t plan on buying one anytime soon. $120 a year is NOT expensive to me, considering Sirius XM is the ONLY place I can get some of the content I want. I do not use my satellite radio for music only, in fact, I listen to very little music. I listen NASCAR radio. I listen to the comedy channels. I listen to the news stations. I rather enjoy not having to search for radio stations while travelling. Satellite radio is worth the money, IF it has something for you.
I don’t know what planet Molly Wood lives on, or Dvorak or even Laporte. It generally like all three, but there are times I just have to wonder what reality they live in. I must be a California thing. Since most of the podcasts I listen to are out of California – San Francisco, mostly- it just seems like a different world.
TWiT is not the only one. I have written about this before. Alex Lindsay and the This Week in Media crew are another shining example. To these people, broadcast media is non-existent. Alex wonders why people buy magazines. The TWiM crew use the internet to get television programming…why would you limit yourself to times and days for a program? While that might be a good point, the fact is they are in a minority. A very small minority. And, seriously, until I am assured that Comcast won’t cut my service for going over some arbitrary bandwidth limit, I am not going spend much time watching Hulu or where ever else I could get programming.
So, how do you get your news and entertainment? Do you subscribe to Sirius XM? Do you still watch television? Share your thoughts.