Increase Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Sound Quality

When XM satellite radio launched in 2001, it claimed to have 'near CD quality'. Since that time, XM has continued to reduce it's bandwidth (and as a result, to reduce sound quality) in favor of adding more channels (such as the 24/7 Elvis channel, and the 24/7 Bruce Springsteen channel). Every channel added to the lineup takes away from the bandwidth (and sound quality) available to each of the other channels. As it stands now, XM radio broadcasts at 32kbps (most people won't even listen to an mp3 encoded at 128kbps), and then try to rectify this by using software algorithms to trick your ear into thinking you're hearing slightly higher quality audio. This takes the 32kbps audio and makes it sound like 64kbps, which is still unacceptable. XM has also gotten into the habit of lowering the bandwidth on channels with fewer listeners, so if you happen to enjoy classical music, you're out of luck when it comes to quality. Let's tell XM to find a happy medium between content variety and sound quality.


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