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Give SONIC TAP another listen...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by ThomasM, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. ThomasM

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    Folks in the midwest (and most other parts of the country) never heard of "Cousin Brucie" before "60's on 6" on XM. I personally can't stand him or any of the irksome motormouth former AM radio DJ's on XM. That's why I love DMX-no blabbing!
     
  2. TheRatPatrol

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    Cool link. Too bad they don't list the next 5 or so upcoming songs.
     
  3. Tom Servo

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    I think it's an ongoing technical issue at D*, because some of the XM channels did the same thing, including Top Tracks/Classic Vinyl and Big Tracks/Classic Rewind… and those channels were also 833 & 837.
     
  4. trainman

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    Sherman...
    He did have a nationally syndicated oldies show in the '80s.

    (And for most of his tenure at WABC, Cousin Brucie's air shift was in the evening hours: people in much of the country east of the Rockies could pick him up after their local sunset. Clear-channel stations such as WABC were the original "satellite radio." :D )
     
  5. ThomasM

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    They can't...legally.

    Thanks to our wonderful government, a law concerning the transmission of digitally-encoded music prevents announcing songs in advance. I think it's the digital copyright act or something like that.

    We won't tattle on XM though which often announces an upcoming song, especially on "The Pulse". ;)
     
  6. ThomasM

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    Did not know that!! I could never get WABC due to a local being adjacent.

    Ah, yes, the original AM "Clear Channel" frequencies which had only one omnidirectional 50,000 watt station licensed to operate in the United States after dusk. Those were the days!!! This is NOT to be confused with "Clear Channel Communications" of course! ;)
     
  7. BK89

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    This is cool - thanks!
     
  8. dcowboy7

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    Why can radio stations do it ?
     
  9. trainman

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    Sherman...
    Because they're analog, and they've always been able to announce upcoming songs.

    I think the fear on the part of the music industry was that, if upcoming songs were announced on digital music services, it would give people plenty of time to get their recording devices ready and make a perfect digital copy of exactly the song they wanted. Thus, the industry lobbied for the "can't announce upcoming songs" provision that ended up in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

    It could probably be argued that it's a First Amendment violation not to allow digital broadcasters to announce what songs they're going to play next, but I haven't heard of anyone testing it yet.
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    Not their HD signal....thats digital.
     
  11. Tom Servo

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    It's funny, recording songs off the radio despite the inferior quality was a popular pastime in the early days of the cassette. But to me, because it was inferior, it was overlooked. That same attitude should prevail for these digital music services. NONE of them are providing us with a 100% uncompressed music audio stream, so they are all 'imperfect'. Well, at least to me. ;)

    I don't think there is enough penetration on the HD sets yet to make a difference. Digital listening makes up like <1% of the total radio TSL, or so I've been told. Heck, I still don't have any local HD digital stations to choose from. It's a weak signal from 60 miles away (public radio) or nothing.

    But… you do have a point.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    If this is true, then it just shows how little the industry understands the techonology. I could easily record hours of digital music then using readily available editting tools to slice out the songs I want to keep.
     
  13. Tom Servo

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    If anything, not announcing songs (I assume you guys mean verbally) makes it easier to pick out songs. I record an hour or two of the classic rock channel for my weekly out of town trips and it would be a cinch to pull a single song out of the mix because no one's talking over it.

    If you're just referring to a list of upcoming songs online or on screen, well that still doesn't preclude me from making WAV recordings of hours at a time. ;)
     
  14. billsharpe

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    I have used my stereo set to listen to and sometimes record XM music from DirecTV on cassette tapes.

    I find it much easier to download complete radio programs from the Internet and then slice and dice with Audacity to extract individual tracks. I get much better quality that way, although probably not as good as CD's.
     
  15. Smokewatcher

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    Just heard Thin Lizzy's "The boys are back in town" on 837...whenever they'd repeat the title like 4-6 times in the chorus, every even time it was muted. So you'd hear "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN, (muted-the boys are back in town-/end mute), THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!"

    I don't know if this is related to the mono problem or not since it's the only song that sounded wrong.
     
  16. speedcouch

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    I've been having Hit Country, channel 809, as my go-to station the last couple weeks and it sure beats the crap out of Prime County on XM. That channel was so much better when it was Highway 17 under XM before frickin Sirius took over and ruined it by putting too much 00 stuff on it. I can listen to Hit Country for hours and enjoy a lot of the great country from the 80s and early 90s, which is my favorite period in country music. It's just a shame I don't have the same great format on my actual XM radios.
     
  17. techntrek

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    Just listened for the first time since the switch. Complete lack of separation and range. I tried several channels. At one point Pink's Sober came on and it sounded like listening through mud. Guess I'll be using my XM lifetime account at home on the rare occasions I listen to music at home...
     
  18. ub1934

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    Now if they move the Chs off of 119 & 110 ( Rat Pack ) to where Slimline 3 people can get them i can live with the pumping till it's fixed.
     
  19. richall01

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    Now if we could get The Margaritaville Channel ?
     
  20. lance30276

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    hmmmm........ what channels?, i was listening tonite, all the rock channels and bluegrass sounded great!
     

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