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Two years ago, very good friends of ours bought me an amazing present, a Roady 2 XM Radio player, along with a monthly subscription. I had thought about getting one before they got it for me. It’s a relatively obvious thing for people who spend as much time in the car as we do. I didn’t get it because I didn’t research it enough to realize that you could install it yourself in under 3 minutes! I assumed it would require professional installation…

Anyway, we’ve been enjoying it mightily ever since (as I said above, for 2 years). About a year ago, I was curious to check out the accompanying service on the Net to listen live to the same stations. I never got around to doing it for a number of reasons, most notably because I never bothered to ask my friends for the login information to manage the account.

This past weekend, we were visiting them, and I got the info, and have successfully set up my account to listen live online. Wow! It’s simply too cool! In addition to being able to listen to an amazing variety of music all day long (which is what I’ve been doing while working here at Zope all day today), you can see what’s playing live on all the stations at once through the web. That means that even if I’m enjoying a song, if I notice that another station is playing a favorite of mine, or an artist I’ve always wanted to check out, with a single click, I’m there, listening to it.

They stream at 32kpbs, so it doesn’t soak up any bandwidth whatsoever (if you’re on a broadband connection, and if you’re not, stop reading my posts!) ;-)

The only (incredibly minor) disappointment is that they don’t have all of the stations available online. One example is the main Country station (#11). No biggie, but worth mentioning.

Anyway, my only regret is not having enabled this last year…

P.S. Did I mention that this is a free service if you are an existing subscriber with a real XM Radio receiver? That makes it even cooler. Of course, if you don’t have an XM Radio, you might find this worth subscribing to as your primary Net Radio service :-)

  • http://www.thingelstad.com/ Jamie Thingelstad

    Wow! I’m kind of surprised that you like XM Hadar. We had it in our new Honda Odyssey and they gave me a great deal to keep it for a year. I decided to go with it “just cuz”. I never found the programming to be to our liking.

    When I tried to cancel the service XM quickly ratcheted up a number of reasons why I wouldn’t use their service. They employ every sleazy tactic AOL ever dreamed up to try to keep me from canceling the service. Ugh.

  • http://www.thingelstad.com/ Jamie Thingelstad

    Wow! I’m kind of surprised that you like XM Hadar. We had it in our new Honda Odyssey and they gave me a great deal to keep it for a year. I decided to go with it “just cuz”. I never found the programming to be to our liking.

    When I tried to cancel the service XM quickly ratcheted up a number of reasons why I wouldn’t use their service. They employ every sleazy tactic AOL ever dreamed up to try to keep me from canceling the service. Ugh.

  • http://www.opticality.com hadar

    Well, Lois is a Country music fanatic, and channel 11 would almost be worth the entire XM radio for us alone. ;-)

    That said, I love comedy, and channel 151 (the clean stuff), and 150 (the dirty stuff) is also a real treat on occasion. We also listen to news (which can be hard to find on regular radio on I95) and traffic.

    Now that I listen online, I’ve discovered that I’m crazy about their Bluegrass channel, and the Classical one as well (14 and 110).
    Finally, I don’t know about the sleaze factor, though I don’t doubt it. This is a gift, and I don’t pay for the service, and our friends just renewed us for another 2 years, so they aren’t trying to get out of it either. ;-)

  • http://www.opticality.com hadar

    Well, Lois is a Country music fanatic, and channel 11 would almost be worth the entire XM radio for us alone. ;-)

    That said, I love comedy, and channel 151 (the clean stuff), and 150 (the dirty stuff) is also a real treat on occasion. We also listen to news (which can be hard to find on regular radio on I95) and traffic.

    Now that I listen online, I’ve discovered that I’m crazy about their Bluegrass channel, and the Classical one as well (14 and 110).
    Finally, I don’t know about the sleaze factor, though I don’t doubt it. This is a gift, and I don’t pay for the service, and our friends just renewed us for another 2 years, so they aren’t trying to get out of it either. ;-)