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I am privileged to live in an extraordinary area. While I do have cell coverage at my home, I am often without.

As for the sound quality mentioned in another post, XM has more than music. I’m an ex trader and often listen to one of the financial news networks.
Another excellent point. I listen to NPR, Bloomberg and CNBC on my commute.
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I tried satellite radio and didn't care for it. Of course I have hours and hours of music dowloaded on my phone to listen to if I don't have cell service. I just want the ability play that downloaded music, preferably via usb for sound quality though I often use bluetooth for simplicity. That's really all I ask for any vehicle.
 

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This argument is hilarious to me. I guess the sound quality of silence is higher right?
Absolutely! It's infuriating getting 8 seconds of music, 10 seconds of buffering, 20 seconds of music, then a minute of silence. XM just doesn't work for me in any vehicle that I've had (OEM integration) when I'm on road trips. Admittedly, these trips are usually from the Appalachians to the Green Mountains. Usually I just listen to music from a USB drive since FM generally doesn't work in the same areas. AM usually works for talk radio in these cases, but I don't think we'll have AM radio in the Rivian.

I do understand that my use case doesn't apply to everyone though, and limiting an "adventure" vehicle to limited streaming services is pretty stupid, seeing as how most of my adventure destinations don't have cell service.
 

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Absolutely! It's infuriating getting 8 seconds of music, 10 seconds of buffering, 20 seconds of music, then a minute of silence. XM just doesn't work for me in any vehicle that I've had (OEM integration) when I'm on road trips. Admittedly, these trips are usually from the Appalachians to the Green Mountains. Usually I just listen to music from a USB drive since FM generally doesn't work in the same areas. AM usually works for talk radio in these cases, but I don't think we'll have AM radio in the Rivian.

I do understand that my use case doesn't apply to everyone though, and limiting an "adventure" vehicle to limited streaming services is pretty stupid, seeing as how most of my adventure destinations don't have cell service.
In my 2012 prius, signal was a little spotty in the forest around where I go. In my 2016 RAM, the only time I have issues is if there was a heavy rain and all the leaves are wet. The last hour or so of my drive up there, cell service is essentially non-existent. And without Verizon service it will be even worse. Really all they need is larger buffering hardware. Clearly in your situation, when you have large obstructions that block all RF, the only solution is pre-downloaded music.

I really don't feel like having to be my own DJ and spend time researching and compiling lists of the latest music in the genres I enjoy. I like being able to just turn on SXM Chill and go. Then if I get tired while driving, just flip the channel to Turbo and perk back up.

What I don't understand on this thread is people arguing against additional capability because they don't like it. That would be like me arguing against including bluetooth and usb ability to stream downloaded music.
 

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Absolutely! It's infuriating getting 8 seconds of music, 10 seconds of buffering, 20 seconds of music, then a minute of silence. XM just doesn't work for me in any vehicle that I've had (OEM integration) when I'm on road trips. Admittedly, these trips are usually from the Appalachians to the Green Mountains. Usually I just listen to music from a USB drive since FM generally doesn't work in the same areas. AM usually works for talk radio in these cases, but I don't think we'll have AM radio in the Rivian.

I do understand that my use case doesn't apply to everyone though, and limiting an "adventure" vehicle to limited streaming services is pretty stupid, seeing as how most of my adventure destinations don't have cell service.
Never had that experience with Sirius xm other than a moment under an over pass
 

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What I don't understand on this thread is people arguing against additional capability because they don't like it. That would be like me arguing against including bluetooth and usb ability to stream downloaded music.
totally agree
 

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Never had that experience with Sirius xm other than a moment under an over pass
I did not used to have that issue but the last couple of years in Southern California I am finding more and more places where I seem to drop the signal with no tall buildings or overhead things to block it.

Just can't explain it unless there are more gaps in the satellite coverage.
 

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I did not used to have that issue but the last couple of years in Southern California I am finding more and more places where I seem to drop the signal with no tall buildings or overhead things to block it.

Just can't explain it unless there are more gaps in the satellite coverage.
I would cancel my Sirius xm as well with that kind of coverage
 

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Looks like Rivian will make that decision easier soon... :cool:
Lol I am resigned tono Sirius xm ever on the truck and hope they bring CarPlay etc later. The truck is just sooooo frigging nice that losing that functionality is an annoyance only
 

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I did not used to have that issue but the last couple of years in Southern California I am finding more and more places where I seem to drop the signal with no tall buildings or overhead things to block it.

Just can't explain it unless there are more gaps in the satellite coverage.
It isn't gaps in satellite coverage. It is RF interference. There are a few intersections near me where SXM drops out when stopped at a red light, with a clear view of the sky.
 
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