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Old 04-17-2006, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The two easy listening channels on XM Sunny And Escape

For those that might be wondering about the new Escape channel it sounds just like Sunny even thou Clear Channel is now programming Sunny and Marlon Taylor Escape they sound the same.Both are 80% instrumental to 20% vocal.There is one difference thou their not playing the same songs and artist at the same time.I have both in my presets so I can check to see what's being played on both.At one time Sunny was playing John Fox and Escape Percy Faith.Occasionally you will hear the same artist on both channels but with different songs.It's so nice to have two b/ez channels to listen to.
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Sunny will eventually have commercials though and this is why XM created Escape. I've already removed Sunny from my presets. I find that Escape has a bit less instrumental, but for the most part they are the same. I've enjoyed Sunny for a long time, but I will not pay to listen to CC's commericals. In fact I've already removed all the CC channels from my presets if they were previously set.
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The CC channels were never really high quality to begin with, I did listen to MIX, but the Blend has taken over that spot since the Blend plays some stuff mix does without having to hear Nickelback. And they mix it up nicely, oldies with new stuff.

I have heard the new Escape channel, and it's great sleeping music. Not something I would put on while driving, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
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Yeah, but come May 1st Sunny will air commercials.

I only use Sunny/Escape as my alarm clock, and i love it.
Its a good thing the sound quality after adding these "clone" channels doesnt have my XM unit sounding like my Sporster.

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Yeah, but come May 1st Sunny will air commercials.

I only use Sunny/Escape as my alarm clock, and i love it.
Its a good thing the sound quality after adding these "clone" channels doesnt have my XM unit sounding like my Sporster.

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Upon driving around town this morning, I noticed the sound quality sounded better on Escape compared to Sunny. I wonder if XM did this on purpose if in fact my judgement is correct.

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Sunny will eventually have commercials though and this is why XM created Escape. I've already removed Sunny from my presets. I find that Escape has a bit less instrumental, but for the most part they are the same. I've enjoyed Sunny for a long time, but I will not pay to listen to CC's commericals. In fact I've already removed all the CC channels from my presets if they were previously set.
I think that's a little silly, I mean they aren't going to be airing ONLY commercials. Why not keep em both that way you can bounce back and forth and listen to Escape when a 2 mintue commercial break comes on? Right?
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Sunny will eventually have commercials though and this is why XM created Escape. I've already removed Sunny from my presets. I find that Escape has a bit less instrumental, but for the most part they are the same. I've enjoyed Sunny for a long time, but I will not pay to listen to CC's commericals. In fact I've already removed all the CC channels from my presets if they were previously set.
I think that's a little silly, I mean they aren't going to be airing ONLY commercials. Why not keep em both that way you can bounce back and forth and listen to Escape when a 2 mintue commercial break comes on? Right?
I agree with dab on this. Even though I don't listen to any of the CC stations or their clones I'll be calling xm as soon as the commercials start and have them blocked from my account just on principal.

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I think that's a little silly, I mean they aren't going to be airing ONLY commercials. Why not keep em both that way you can bounce back and forth and listen to Escape when a 2 mintue commercial break comes on? Right?
You can do that if that is what you wish to do, but I will not support the CC channels in any way, shape or form from this point on. I don't need to swap between channels, as I have found Escape more than meets my needs. Sunny is history as far as I am concerned. I am also not a channel changer, I rarely change channels and I am most certainly not going to switch to Sunny and then when commercials come up for 2 minutes switch to Escape that seems silly to me.
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Sunny will eventually have commercials though and this is why XM created Escape. I've already removed Sunny from my presets. I find that Escape has a bit less instrumental, but for the most part they are the same. I've enjoyed Sunny for a long time, but I will not pay to listen to CC's commericals. In fact I've already removed all the CC channels from my presets if they were previously set.
I think that's a little silly, I mean they aren't going to be airing ONLY commercials. Why not keep em both that way you can bounce back and forth and listen to Escape when a 2 mintue commercial break comes on? Right?
I agree with dab on this. Even though I don't listen to any of the CC stations or their clones I'll be calling xm as soon as the commercials start and have them blocked from my account just on principal.

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Why have doubles of these channels?Can someone answer that for me?
Seems kinda redundant....
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Why have doubles of these channels?Can someone answer that for me?
Seems kinda redundant....

I would give you the answer but that never does any good.

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Why have doubles of these channels?Can someone answer that for me?
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I would give you the answer but that never does any good.

"give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."

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I am a subscriber to both Sirius and XM. Although I generally prefer the music on XM, I do also keep my Sirius subs because my husband likes the college football games. I was going to drop one Sirius sub when they dumped Fox but now Fox is back on Sirius so both subs are staying on. . Also, I think Sirius has the definite edge in terms of classical music which is my second favorite genre after "Easy Listening."

Now, here is what is confusing me. I understand that XM partnered up with Clear Channel and I also understand that Clear Channel hosts commercials (and will require that XM to do so). Apparently XM's "Sunny" is one of the channels slated for said commericals. Here-to-fore I was, indeed, a "Sunny" listener. Since its introduction, I have checked out XM's new "Escape" channel. From my perspective, at least, they seem virtually indistinquishable. I can't detect any significant difference between the two - at least not for my purposes. The word clones comes to mind.

Accordingly, then, what I can't figure out is why anyone is going to listen to the "commercial version" of their favorite genre (in my case Easy Listening) when XM is providing the identical product as a commercial-free alternative. Like what am I missing here? This duality seems totally illogical to me. Perhaps I might have listened to Sunny (grudgingly) once it became commercialized, given that I had no other choice. Since XM is now providing a viable alternatives for their listeners (whose channels are about to be usurped), why, then, would anyone be choosing the commercial-carrying version of their favorite music genre?

Can someone help me out here? Surely, I must be missing something. because this notion seems completely irrational to me. Are we to assume that there are a set of people who actually *like* (annoying) commercials? If so, why, then, are they a paid radio customers in the first place. Wouldn't they do just as well to listen to terrestial radio? They could be bombarded with commercials for free and would not have to purchase a specialized radio or pay a monthly fee. What is the scoop on this "Clear Channel" anyway? I never heard of it before all this bruhaha on XM.

Sadly, (from my perspective, at least) Sirius does not carry the "easy listening" venue. I truly wish they did. The desire to listen to this music was how I became an XM customer, in the first place. I started out just with Sirius until I discovered "Sunny" on XM via a trial of their internet subscriber option. For some inexplicable reason, I could not get Live365 to stream at work and was shopping for an online alternative. I gave XM a try online. Once I heard "Sunny," however, I just *had* to get an XM radio radio and an actual sub. I loved the programming!

Shortly thereafter, I actually once wrote to Sirius programming to suggest that they offer this genre. Believe it or not, I got a *very* curt (borderline rude) letter back from Sirius. It was an incredible letter for a business to be sending to a (paying) customer who was writing with a request/suggestion but that is another whole story for another thread sometime. Meanwhile, someone please help me understand this Clear Channel thing and why paying customers are going to listen to these four channels, esp when XM is providing alternatives for them. Call me crazy but this seems nuts to me. Someone help me out on what I am missing, please.
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Hey leb50,

I've read somewhere that the Clear Channel/XM agreement last through somethinglike 2008. I'm not sure. I'm sure someone will come by here and post it for sure.

And that XM lost an arbitrations ruling allowing CC to put commercials on the channels they operate.

I've had XM for almost four years. It never bothered me when they had commericals. It was only about one per hour.

My favorite channels are XM 21, Kiss and XM 22, Mix. I haven't gone hunting yet for there commercial free counterparts, but I'm sure I'll find them. I hardly listen to my XM anymore. Mostly on the weekend during the NASCAR races...
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