I haven't bothered subscribing since then, and mostly just used the three-month free trial of Sirius/XM that came with the 2017 CR-V on road trips. The subscription rates have gone way up, and just haven't felt like a good value when I have a lot of decent local radio I can listen to, a lot of music I can put on my phone to fire up in the car, and a lot of podcasts.
But, I was seriously considering some of the $5.99/month offers that were flying last fall, and appreciated the free Thanksgiving weekend offer. I almost jumped on one of the special offers right then, but decided to wait until after my two-and-a-half-week trip, so as not to waste that time.
Well, I let the best offers escape when they ended in December, and wasn't going to bother with the offers I'd seen recently.
I was just thinking about it again recently, and surprise, got an e-mail out of the blue saying that to thank me for having my car serviced, they were offering a free two months of Sirius/XM.
No "Give us your credit card and if you don't cancel after two months we'll start charging you $18.99/month." No gimmicks. Just click the link in the e-mail and they would activate my radio for two months.
Of course as I drove around campus and downtown on the way home from work today, I was reminded one of the reasons satellite radio doesn't make sense for me: it keeps cutting out as I drive past buildings, trees, and hills.
The newer equipment can cache a bit so they have a buffer to get you through brief blockages, but if you're driving around a dense downtown with tall buildings (and Ithaca's heading that way) the buffer won't last you long.
So, when the two months expires I may see what the current offers are, but I probably won't bother. And don't call me Shirley.