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SiriusXM Radio music streaming review: How it works, pricing and features

Get a satellite radio plan that can go way more places than just your car.

SiriusXM Radio is the only big name in satellite radio in the US, and it’s looking to hold onto its subscribers with exclusive content, ad-free listening options, sports coverage and more. But like traditional radio you don’t get to select your songs, and customizing is limited.

3 Months

Free trial length

$8

Individual plan price

Details

Streaming quality Not revealed
Available offline Yes
Library size
Basic subscription $8
Free trial Yes
Free trial length 3 Months
Family plan offered No
Family plan device limit
Family plan price $

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Expert review

SiriusXM radio delivers a service unlike most online music streaming providers. Before you commit to a plan, offline or otherwise, check out your options and give a few stations a listen to see if you can find something that suits your taste.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Full suite of plans. SiriusXM covers all bases when it comes to plan options, with everything from a basic music subscription to a package with over 175 channels — and even options for your boat or plane.
  • Not just music. Listen to sports games, sports talk, political talk, get traffic and weather updates for certain areas and exclusive SiriusXM video content.
  • Built in to some cars. SiriusXM lists that it’s compatible with 43 vehicle makes on its website and vehicle years going back to 2004 — plus, if you can’t get it built in you can still buy an external radio.

Cons

  • Potentially expensive. Top-tier package includes tons of sports programming on top of music, but it’s $20.99 a month — over double the price of several popular music streaming services.
  • Songs aren’t available on demand. SiriusXM is a radio service, which means you can’t search and play songs on demand or make custom playlists.

What features does SiriusXM offer?

Ad-free music

Certain music channels are ad and even DJ free, so you can listen to your favorite genre without the interruption of chatter. To get the highest number of ad-free music channels, you’ll end up paying more than if you can live with just a few.

Listening outside of your car

You don’t have to have a built-in or standalone radio to listen to SiriusXM channels. Certain subscription plans allow you to listen online via mobile app, desktop and more.

Sports play-by-plays

Get access to live NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL games with the All Access plan from SiriusXM. Other plans can include some live games, plus the sports talk shows you also get with the higher-tier package.

Exclusive video content

SiriusXM isn’t just for talk and music. According to its site as of October 2019, SiriusXM offers over 5,000 hours of interviews, on-demand shows and performances — plus exclusive videos with Howard Stern. Video services aren’t available with every service tier.

What music is available on SiriusXM?

Since SiriusXM is a radio service, it works a bit differently from your standard online music streaming provider. Instead of searching and playing songs and artists on your own, it offers over 220 radio stations to choose from with its top-tier plan. Genres include Christian, country, dance and electronic, hip-hop and rhythm and blues, jazz, pop and rock.

What devices is SiriusXM compatible with?

Take your talk and tunes anywhere or listen at home with any of these devices.

Mac and PC

  • Desktops and laptops via web browser

Android and iOS

  • SiriusXM mobile app for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 9 or later
  • SiriusXM mobile app for Android

Other

  • Amazon Alexa devices
  • Apple TV
  • Built-in car, boat or plane device
  • Google Chromecast
  • PlayStation 3 and 4
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs including Android, LG, Roku, Samsung and Sony
  • Sonos
  • Standalone portable radios

Smart home device compatibility

  • Alexa-enabled devices including Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV.
  • Chromecast devices. And to any device with Chromecast built in.
  • Roku streams Sirius XM inclusively with your paid subscription.
  • Sonos when integrated with Amazon Alexa.
  • Sony on your PS3 and PS4 consoles with the SiriusXM app.

How much does SiriusXM cost?

SiriusXM offers over a dozen subscription options, starting at $4 a month for students.

Car plans

Service TierPriceFeatures
Sirius All Access$20.99 monthly; $251.88 annually
  • Full channel list available for listening, including ad-free channels
  • Listening online outside the car at no extra cost
  • Sports channels, including live games
Sirius Mostly Music$10.99 monthly; $131.88 annually
  • Includes over 80 channels of music
  • Ad-free channels
  • Listening online and outside the car for $5 a month extra
Sirius Select$15.99 monthly; $191.88 annually
  • All ad-free music channels
  • Select sports channels
  • Listening online and outside the car at no extra cost

Outside the car plans

Service TierPriceFeatures
Sirius News, Sports and Talk$10.99 monthly; $131.88 annually
  • Over 35 channels of political talk, sports news and world news
  • Traffic and weather for 8 metro areas
SiriusXM Essential$8 monthly
  • Available for desktop, at home and through the mobile app
  • Ad-free music with the ability to skip songs
  • On-demand video content
SiriusXM for Business$24.95 monthly
  • Exclusive business channels
  • Fully licensed music
  • Over 30 channels without DJ breaks and commercials
SiriusXM Premier$13 monthly
  • All of the SiriusXM Essential features
  • Two exclusive Howard Stern channels
  • NHL and NCAA coverage and talk channels
SiriusXM Student Premier$4 monthly
  • Only for students at a college or university
  • Two exclusive Howard Stern channels
  • All of the SiriusXM Premier features

Other plans

  • Sirius A La Carte
  • SiriusXM All-In-One Packages
  • SiriusXM for Boats
  • SiriusXM Planes

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