Yeah, that paid service is a frickin' rip-off! $12 a month- I can get XM radio with dozens of channels with that, both in my car AND on my home computer. I stick to free service, which is worse than mp3 quality, but decent compared to analog radio.
I don't get radio on my ipod. I just balance them two- when I get tired of one I switch to the other And that happens several times a day.