How I Listen to SiriusXM at Home
I’m not driving nearly as much these days, because I’m fortunate to be able to work at home during these challenging times. While I don’t miss all of that traffic on I-95, I must admit that I actually do miss the visceral experience of driving.
- That sensation of movement
- Controlling the machine
I also miss listening to my SiriusXM Satellite Radio stations while driving
my Toyota RAV4.
I always considered my satellite radio subscription a luxury. But I rationalized its relatively expensive cost through daily use. When my car began hanging out next to my garage as a new norm, my SiriusXM value equation disintegrated.
Bringing SiriusXM Home
But of course, SiriusXM does offer the opportunity to stream its channels in your home. So, I decided it was time to do exactly that. But I didn’t want to spend more money on additional hardware.
The good news is there are a variety of ways to bring your SiriusXM subscription to your existing devices. The most direct approach is to listen on your computer, or through SiriusXM’s smartphone app.
Instead, my preference was to connect via my Wi-Fi speakers. (You may recall that I’ve been enjoying my Sonos devices.)
So here’s how I connected my SiriusXM stations to my Sonos wireless speakers at home.
SiriusXM on Sonos Play:1
First, I brought my SiriusXM world into my iPhone’s Sonos app, which controls my older Play:1 Sonos speakers. (They’re not voice-enabled.)
Here’s how to do that:
- Open your Sonos app
- Tap ‘Settings’ on the bottom right
- Under ‘Music & Content’ tap ‘Add a Service’
- Search and choose ‘SiriusXM’
- Log in
SiriusXM on Sonos One Using Alexa
Next, I focused on connecting my Alexa-enabled Sonos One smart speaker.
To empower Alexa to play SiriusXM via voice command, you have to ‘enable the skill’ and link to your SiriusXM account.
Alexa sent me easy instructions via my Alexa iOS app.
(She’s so helpful.)
Keeping Up with the Times
While researching this little audio project, I realized there are actually numerous ways to bring SiriusXM into other devices in your home, including Apple TV, Google Nest speakers and Roku.
The SiriusXM value equation can easily be restored. It’s just about adjusting your mindset that SiriusXM is not only for car use.
That said, do I actually need satellite radio at home? There are already plenty of ways to stream other radio and music sources.
Well, I hope that one day in the not too distant future, I’ll be spending at least a little more time in my car. Until then, I feel so much better knowing that I’m not burning money by entirely ignoring my SiriusXM subscription.
As I write this, I’ve got the sounds of SiriusXM gently playing in the background on my Sonos One speaker. Alexa awaits my next voice request for a station change.
I’m at home. And now, so is my SiriusXM subscription.
One more component in my life I’ve got back under control.
I’ll take it.