New XM Satellite Radio Service Mac-ready

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  1. stealthy macrumors member

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    ... found below on MacObserver.com ...

    TMO Reports - New XM Radio Service Mac-ready Using Windows Media Player, Company Says by Brad Gibson, 3:00 PM CDT, September 15th, 2004

    Satellite radio provider XM Satellite Radio confirmed Wednesday its new streaming music service will be available for Mac users using Microsoft's Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X. The new service - XM Radio Online - will debut in October at US$7.99 a month offering over 130 digital audio channels.

    Company spokesman Chance Patterson confirmed exclusively to The Mac Observer that the service will be cross platform. "Mac users will very much be a part of this online music service," he said. "We've been working on this streaming service for some time and were anxious to get it launched."

    XM Radio Online, also announced Wednesday, will offer all of the same channels heard on the service's regular service which requires a satellite radio receiver either in the home, office or in the car. Customers of its regular service pay $9.99 a month. Existing XM customers - of which there are presently 2.1 million - will be offered a discount rate of $3.99 a month for a limited time, Mr. Patterson said. The service will be available for U.S.-based customers only.

    Until now, the only other way to listen to XM Radio on a Mac was to use the company's XM Personal Computer Hardware (XM PCR) device together with a shareware software application to control channels. XM PCR was not a streaming product, capturing programming via its four-inch antenna directly from satellite, controlled and then played through a PC or Mac.

    XM recently discontinued the PCR product, shortly after the release of a Windows-based software product that touted its ability to record and edit digital files of music from the XM PCR. Many believe the company decided to discontinue the product based on piracy litigation concerns, but Mr. Patterson denied such rumors, saying the life-span of the PCR product had run its course and was not as popular a product as its standalone XM Radio products. In addition, Mr. Patterson said plans had been in the works for a number of months to discontinue the XM PCR and launch the streaming online service.

    source link: http://www.macobserver.com/article/2004/09/15.9.shtml
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I love my XM, but its really too bad they couldn't get it to work with iTunes instead of Windows Media Player....

    Although getting a pay based system to work with iTunes might have been a little difficult, who knows.

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  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Why is it that people see XM as a good thing, but subscriptions delivered over the Internet as bad?
     
  4. stealthy thread starter macrumors member

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    Subscriptions over the internet can't go in your car.
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Well now that's that part that gets perplexing. With time-limited DRM, they could, and with a selection and ordering of the listener's choosing.
     
  6. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    What's that?

    But he's right. We have an XM Skyfi that plugs into the car, house stereo and boombox. This is a separate thing and with the stereo connected I can still listen to it while working on the computer.

    Its not a bad thing, its just another option for some people - not everyone has a car.....

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  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Songs that expire, such as with Microsoft's Janus. I'm curious mostly if it's really the idea or the vendor that actually turns people off, or something else that's totally random.
    Right, it's essentially got the same sort of flexibility one gets with an MP3 player. The main difference is real-time vs. time-shifted, but the core product, pay-as-you-go audio, is the same.

    XM does have an advantage in that you don't have to do regular syncing to get up-to-date content. HD players have the advantage that there are no worries about indoor reception, and the flexibility of altering the content stream.

    They're different ways of getting the same thing, and that's good, one size doesn't fit all.

    And yet, XM has a lot of fans, while the mere mention of expiring files from the existing online services invariably draws a loud and hostile reaction. I just don't see a fundamental difference between the two that would explain this. What am I missing?
     
  8. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm perfectly happy with my iTunes, CD's and FM radio. Just another plan to take money out of my wallet. It's bad enough that I have to pay for Cable TV.
     
  9. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    you don't commute or spend time in your car much.

    I wouldn't go anywhere without XM if I could, they have many Terrabytes of music and a huge range of genres. Don't knock it unless you've used it. Saying you're perfectly happy with your FM radio instead of XM is like saying you're perfectly happy with your black and white tv instead of a color tv.

    All the music stations don't have commercials, its all songs.....and they also have talk/comedy/news, etc.

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  10. davecuse macrumors 6502

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    This would be much much cooler if it worked through iTunes, then I could push it out to my stereo through my airport express. That expense I could justify, this one I can't. Maybe I'll just break down and get a receiver for my stereo, and not eat up my bandwidth.
     
  11. stealthy thread starter macrumors member

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    I haven't turned on FM or AM since getting my XM. It is simply no comparison.
     
  12. pkr macrumors member

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    iTunes would be best, of course, but rather than wait I've been trying to make this work. All I can say now is that if you go to xmradio.com with Safari then you'll get Nowhere. Using IE I was actually able to register (for the free 3-day trial) and then got the actual tuning window, showing stations, songs, etc. However, I can't hear anything. And yes I do have Windows Media Player 9. Ideas anyone ??
     
  13. applebum macrumors 6502

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    I am kinda with wdlove on this. I do spend a good bit of time in my car. That is why I have the iPod. I have an audio in on my car stereo - I just hook my iPod up to it and listen away. No commercials on there. I can carry 30g of music and audio books with me everywhere.

    While I like the idea of XM radio, I am having a hard time justifying the cost. If I pay the subscription, then I have XM at home, in my car, and in my office, and now even in a portable unit, why do I need my iPod? But if I listen to my iPod in all those places, why do I need XM? I mean, how much listening time is there really? So how do others justify having XM and an iPod, and if you have both, do you buy much music from ITMS?
     
  14. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I am a person that is considering purchasing an XM radio, and I also own an iPod. Why do I want an XM radio? Well, for starters I do not listen to my iPod in the car. My iPod does contain a ton of great music, but it doesn't have all of the latest music or talk shows. A lot of the time, I want to hear music that I don't own. I listen to my iPod when I work out, when I'm walking to class, when I want to hear my favorite songs (most of which are not played on the radio), and in other situations. With an XM radio, you get access to lots of talk radio and commercial free radio stations that play the latest music. The playlists on XM radio are updates daily with tons of tracks. The playlists on my iPod are only updated whenever I buy new music.

    You need an iPod when you want to listen to the music you own. You need an XM radio if you want exposure to the latest music in all genre's, plus tons of talk radio. An iPod contains what you like, an XM radio contains possibilities.
     

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