GARYD said:My wife wants OnStar...so we have OnStar, but I will never pay to listen to radio. 99% of the time I listen to home burned CD's (50's and 60's) so I never have to listen to anything I don't like. I haven't liked what's been called music for the last 20 years. To and from work I usually listen to talk radio.
I remember when radio was free, TV was free, water was free, air was free. Now we pay for all of that. I hope they never figure out how to charge us for the sunlight. ;D
My radio is still free, and so is my TV (OTA HD), water ($25/yr), and air. But, living in the NorthEast, I have to travel to Florida for sunlight.GARYD said:I remember when radio was free, TV was free, water was free, air was free. Now we pay for all of that. I hope they never figure out how to charge us for the sunlight. ;D
And I remember when radio stations were actually something I could listen to. But, alas the time of playing any song off an album is long gone, replaced by: they only play it if it's a hit, and add 30 minutes per hour for commercials for stuff I don't want to buy. I pay about $8 a month for XM, and I can live with that. I also found that XM worked great on my trip from Quebec to Alberta this year, as there is no radio coverage in lots of Ontario areas.GARYD said:I remember when radio was free,
I agree.. These companies market these things hard too. On-Star has the commercials (Vastly edited) that go right to peoples feelingsIceMan said:Guess it's just how some prefer to live life. Many seem to not mind an abundance of monthly payments to help them feel more secure or in the swing of things. 'On Star'...to hold their hand and 'maybe' come to the rescue while traveling through life. Necessities that many can't seem to live without now..and some..really no matter the costs as they mount up. I suppose that I'm oldschool. Been driving for over four decades without drastically being stranded out in the boonies in a life or death scenario. I often ride on two wheels and find my way without monthly fees to direction me to safety.
Also I can even easily load enough music in our cars to make it here and their without paying someone per month to feed it to me...OR..I can push a button and free FM flows through a pretty nice sound system.
Don't get me wrong....some of these are nice and handy conveniences..but more and more are conditioning themselves to the idea that they play a part in life that is an undenialbe 'must have'...even if they rarely..or never use some of them as years go by. Me?..I'll freely make my own music...and recklessly wait for that unseen desaster that may never happen..without the per month fee. Thank you very much.
GARYD said:SuperMat, I already know what kind of music I like, so I don't have to discover something new. I like all types of music...except hiphop or rap.
RIT333, many small unique radio stations are closing up shop, I only get 5 TV stations in my area, water costs me a whole lot more the $25 and air cost anywhere from a quarter to $1 to fill your tires at gas stations around here. I'd send you some sunshine if it didn't cost so much to mail it to you. ;D
Seveniron, that's why I burn my own songs or play a CD from my favorite artist...for those long stretches where there is no reception. I do agree about the commercials, but there are some funny ones that make me laugh.
And as Iceman said, I try to keep those %$# monthly bills to a minimum. I wouldn't even have OnStar if my wife didn't want it. The cost isn't that much for the peace of mind it gives you. Thankfully we all get to do what WE want. Now I'm trying to think how people in the past were able to survive without any of those electronic gadgets...their life must have been really BORING.
I remember the sweat I use to get putting a 45 rpm record on the player......and then getting up to turn it over. ;D