SiriusXM EssentialYou've long been able to listen to SiriusXM — that is, satellite radio — outside of your car. But such streaming has always been part of a traditional satellite package.

SiriusXM now has a new "Essential" streaming-only plan that aims to give you exactly what you want, the way you want it — and at a comparable price.

The new Essential plan is just $1 for the first three months, and is $8 a month after that. That works out to about $75 for the first year. And that's not a bad price at all.

But if you're not listening in the car, what can you use for this new Essential service? Just about anything, really. There's the SiriusXM app on your phone or tablet. There's the web player. And there are all kinds of smart home devices, like Amazon Alexa and Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TVs, Sonos, Xbox, PlayStation and more.

If you've got something that connects to the internet and does some kind of entertainment-type thing, there's a pretty good chance there's a SiriusXM app for it. And that means you'll be able to use this new Essential plan.

So what all do you get? More than 300 channels — two-thirds of which are music. You'll also get plenty other other entertainment channels, including a wealth of sports talk.

What's missing? Howard Stern's two full-time channels. You'll have to pay up for the full Premier plan for that.

But if all you want is the best of SiriusXM, wherever you want to listen to it, this isn't a bad deal to check out at all.

Streaming radio

Sirius XM Essential

300 channels, wherever you want

SiriusXM has long moved from the car onto all of your connected devices, and this new plan aims to make it easier — and more affordable — than ever.