Joining the 21st Century
The chances of me actually spending money on a new head unit are nil. That one's out.
I wouldn't likely spend more on an iPod than the cost of a Shuffle. I don't have an extensive music collection to fill it with. The likelyhood of me finding 120 songs that I enjoy enough to pay for is slim. And a trip to my parents would put me through those 120 songs rather quickly. By the time I reached Bend, I'd be near the end. The 1GB Shuffle has twice the storage, but I'm even less likely to find 240 songs I'd pay for. 1000 songs on the Nano is an impossiblity.
From what I hear and read about XM and Sirius, I don't even know if I want to go with either of them. It seems that XM's selection is not as good as Sirius. They both seem to have coverage problems. I know that XM's satellites are geosynchronous and that they use terrestrial repeaters. I'll probably lose coverage on major sections of my long drives, and even my commute to work. Unfortunately those blind spots will coincide precisely with where I lose normal radio. Sirius has three birds in higher orbits, but many people still complain about losing signal.
Can't decide. Any recommendations? Or should I just stick to static?