Re: Stereo Volume Relatively Low
I found the sound quite low using my phone over BT. My normal radio was fine. When I loaded my music on a USB fob, the fidelity was quite different from the phone, and the volume much more responsive. I, too, bumped down the bass, but I think that has a lot to do with the mix of the music you're listening too. I have one particularly boomy album that I turned it down for.
I have not tried XM. (It's there, it works, but I've spent no time there, so can't really comment on it.)
If I had an SD card reader/writer, I would use the SD card, simply so that I could connect my phone directly (say, for charging on a long trip) without losing my music. I may still buy a reader/writer and a blank and swap over.
For my USB stick, I just mounted the stick, and drag and dropped folders of music from my iTunes directory on my Mac, and it all seems to work. I get album names and music titles, I can Voice select albums and songs, and the tracks seem to be in the right order. I heard someone mention something somewhere about album cover art, but I don't see that. I don't have it myself, so it's not particularly surprising. I have not tried iTunes playlists or anything like that.