Satellite Radio is Out, iPod is In. - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Satellite Radio is Out, iPod is In.

March 01, 2010

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Over the weekend it happened,radio silence in the Challenger.Or more accurately, theSirius satellite radio subscription in our belovedDodge expired.Bummer!But it turns out the Challenger's tour of duty is just about over too, so we won't be renewing it. Having left my iPod at home,it got me to thinking how much I don't like regular radio and lovesatellite radio.

When satellite radio debuted, I remember thinking "Who in their right mind would payfor radio?"Then I experienced it.No commercials, thedecades stations (gotta have the '60s through'80s), artist-specific/thematic stations (Bruce, old Motown)andreception no matter where you are in the country (except maybe in a tunnel or under a large bridge). All that instantly won me over.One of the biggest draws was/is the lack of commercials. Like anyone else, I hate 'em, especially the ones where some phone number or website is rapidly repeated manytimes at the end of the ad. And what about self-indulgent yammering DJs?Before satellite radio,I'dchannel surf my presets for a good song only to hearannoying adverts or obnoxiousDJs on nearly all of them at once. Trust me,if you have to give up four or fiveStarbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffeesa month tospring for satellite radio, do it.

Having said all that, the next time I took the car out, I just employeditsuser-friendly iPod hookup and was once again enjoying uninterrupted music.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 20, 708 miles


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