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I love Directv, but the Sonic Tap really sucks.


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#26 OFFLINE   davring

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:21 AM

My only beef with 8-Tracks is that I wish it were more realistic. Add a big "ka-thunk" between every 3 or 4 songs.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:10 PM

I dislike SonicTap music channels for one reason...edited versions of songs. Which makes them unlistenable in my opinion.

Because of this, Slacker Radio (Xbox app) and Pandora (Blu-ray, DVR apps) is what we use in our household.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:34 AM

My only beef with 8-Tracks is that I wish it were more realistic. Add a big "ka-thunk" between every 3 or 4 songs.

How about the fading out mid-song before the track change and then fading back in afterwards?

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:36 AM

How about the fading out mid-song before the track change and then fading back in afterwards?


Yeah, that was a terrible feature with 8-Tracks.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:06 PM

It's annoying how they sprinkle channels over the various packages.

I find that out of any Sonic Tap channels, by far the one I use most is Piano, which is only available in Premier. Premier only adds about four or five channels vs. Ultimate, too.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:08 PM

It's annoying how they sprinkle channels over the various packages.

I find that out of any Sonic Tap channels, by far the one I use most is Piano, which is only available in Premier. Premier only adds about four or five channels vs. Ultimate, too.


Sometimes that's all it takes to motivate a customer to switch to a higher tier in order to get a channel they want.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

They need to change their music channels Sonic stinks and then haven't listened since and never plan on it again and hopefully Directv changes it soon one day but I don't count on it ;) :)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:13 PM

I like Sirrus/XM better than D* Sonic. DISH has Sirrus/XM which is why D* doesn't. I listen to D* Pandora where I can select what I want to hear. Try it, you may like it.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:14 PM

What's an 8-track? :lol:

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

Ever since D* added Pandora, I listen to that a lot more than Sonic Tap. Both due to the ability to +/- a song and because I often have both tuners recording something to watch later.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:03 PM

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

I'd love to see a Vevo app like they have on Roku and Xbox. VEVO launched their new 24/7 HD IPTV channel that is now available through the app. I was watching it through Xbox and the quality is great. Plus they have a huge library of music videos.

These days with MTV, VH1, CMT, etc no longer showing music videos... It would be a great addition to DirecTV to add the VEVO app.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:25 AM

I have far better options for listening to music than using DirecTV. I guess the music channels are nice to have for some, but I have not used them in the past 10 years.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

The horrible quality of Sonic Tab is not news to anybody here. It was a cost-cutting move by D*.

I haven't listened to it in at least a year.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:37 AM

I worked at DirecTV when they had SiriusXM and changed over to SonicTap. The vast majority of customers do not listen to satellite radio on their receivers so it did not make sense for DirecTV to renew the expensive SiriusXM contract so they went to the cheaper SonicTap of which they owe and is only available on DirecTV.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

I do not think Sonic Tap even comes close to SiriusXM....it is fantastic to hear the same station at home, in the car and in the office....Sonictap is for retail stores that want background music. I get excited every time someone updates the "xm coming back to dtv" forum but to no avail

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:32 PM

Well, 8-tracks COULD be a good channel if they would just stop including all the cr*ppy filler songs. Some of them are so annoyingly bad that I had to stop what I was doing and find my remote to mute it, and I was on a 15 foot ladder installing a ceiling fan on my vaulted ceiling at the time.

I grew up on the songs of the 60s and 70s and you could tune to any rock station and never hear any of the filler trash. Every rock station we listened to while driving on vacation anywhere in the country played nothing but good music. So why is it so hard for this channel to leave out the cr*p and just play the good songs? Whoever is in charge of programming obviously never listens to it. There's probably some computer program that is set to 'random' and plays any song from any album. After selling the whole Sonic Tap package to Directv there's no need for them to actually provide a good playlist as there is no competition.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:28 AM

I'd love to see a Vevo app like they have on Roku and Xbox. VEVO launched their new 24/7 HD IPTV channel that is now available through the app. I was watching it through Xbox and the quality is great. Plus they have a huge library of music videos.

These days with MTV, VH1, CMT, etc no longer showing music videos... It would be a great addition to DirecTV to add the VEVO app.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:46 AM

There are a few Sonic Tap channels I like such as Metro Blend but overall, my preference is SiriusXM. When Directv dropped SXM, I opted to get a subscription. Now, with the new My SXM opened up to subscribers for beta testing, I think that is a game changer. It works on the internet feeds. You can customize select SXM channels based on your preferences and so far the stations I have played around with, the results are excellent. For those that dislike the DJ/talk and the channel bumpers, My SXM eliminates those and it's just music. If you like the DJ's, you can listen to the live channel. Very nice.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:26 AM

When Directv dropped SXM, I opted to get a subscription.


And that would be the litmus test as to if one really missed XM. Personally, I didn't miss it that much, I just knew I preferred it to Sonic Tap.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

Well, 8-tracks COULD be a good channel if they would just stop including all the cr*ppy filler songs. Some of them are so annoyingly bad that I had to stop what I was doing and find my remote to mute it, and I was on a 15 foot ladder installing a ceiling fan on my vaulted ceiling at the time.

This was addressed a page ago, the channel is playing exactly what it's description says it plays:

When I listen to any of the music channels, 8-tracks is one of my favorites. The equivalent station from XM days was something like Deep Tracks. It was intended from my understanding to be lesser heard tracks off albums from many of the biggest bands back in the day. Sounds like its doing exactly as its supposed to. Sorry you don't care for it, maybe one of the other classic rock stations would suit your tastes better.

Exactly, he is complaining about the station doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Here is Sonic Tap's description of the channel:

Deeper cuts from Classic Rock along with some of your favorites. A mix of Classic Rock from the 60's and 70's and unexpected treasures from some of the seminal albums of that time.

The "filler" tracks as the OP calls them is exactly what this channel is all about. If he doesn't want to hear them he should be listening to one of the many other stations that play the "hits" from the 60's and 70's.


The channel is called 8-Tracks, not 45's. Unless the 8-Track was a best of compilation, in most cases it included filler tracks. If you want just the hit singles from the era when 8-Tracks were popular try 60's Revolution, 70's Hits, Classic Rock or Retro Disco.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:47 PM

If Sirius put out music with decent bit rates, I might miss it, too. I prefer Pandora One to Spotify or other such services. Usually played through my AVR.
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

I do not think Sonic Tap even comes close to SiriusXM

I think just due to the fact that they have NO TALKING makes it better!!! (You wanna pay to hear commercials and talking??)

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

I think just due to the fact that they have NO TALKING makes it better!!! (You wanna pay to hear commercials and talking??)


Talking, i.e.- giving a rundown of the last five tracks played (artist/song title), impending releases, and tour info, is a different thing from commercials. Uninterrupted music is a soulless beast as far as I'm concerned. I have to keep the TV turned on to know what song is being played. If I really wanted uninterrupted music, I can fire up my own Media Player and tell it Shuffle All.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:48 AM

I would like to see the Music channels fade away, and Just make Pandora the option. But I know the Non HR customers would be upset
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