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Old 09-30-2006, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs down Premium Internet Radio - new are you still listening button

Sirius just started something new.
After a while, about two hours, there is a popup window asking if you are still listening. If you do not press yes, the stream is capped.
I usually have my PC running hooked up to my stereo and listening to music,
not sitting infront of the PC. So now I will have to log in over and over again, because I was not sitting infront of my PC to press the button.
This is really bad. The service is not free, I paid for it. Its like your TV asking, are you still watching and then turning off. This makes scheduled recordings impossible.
I got Sirius because of the Metbroadcasts, first of all the stream is not perfect there are clicks every 4o mins, then they invented this new torture.

I am not impressed.

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This isn't something I would get this popup asking if I was still listening, not every single time though. I have seen this more often then I used to though. So I guess sirius has pushed this through more now. You would be surprised though on how many people walk awaly from the computer or even leave the house with the online stream still running.
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Is the service worth it ?

By that I mean is the extra fidelity worth paying for ? Is it really as good as a CD ?

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I've always received a pop-up like that after 1.5 hours. I agree, it's annoying.
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use the sirius widget instead of the sirius online player. http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=76249

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Is the service worth it ?

By that I mean is the extra fidelity worth paying for ? Is it really as good as a CD ?
Premium is certainly better than the standard service, but it isn't CD quality. Some say they don't mind, but others (like me) find it difficult to listen to. It's OK as something to have on in the background in a noisy environment, but not something I want to actively listen to.
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use the sirius widget instead of the sirius online player. http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=76249

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Wow, this is TEN TIMES better than the browser player. Holy crap! New version supports the new higher bitrate feed too. Thanks for this headsup!

I like how you can set presets just like your real radio... and you can find out what's playing on them without actually switching just by floating your pointer over the button.

I always hated the browser player... especially because I could never get it to work 100% correctly in Firefox.

Also... I assume this means you'll never get "are you still there" either!
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but others (like me) find it difficult to listen to.
That doesn't make any sense.

You find a 128k stream "difficult to listen to?"

All you have to do is:

1. Subscribe to the Sirius Premium level.
2. Click the 'Premium' button when you log in.

Voila! Great sounding music.
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That doesn't make any sense.

You find a 128k stream "difficult to listen to?"

All you have to do is:

1. Subscribe to the Sirius Premium level.
2. Click the 'Premium' button when you log in.
3. Cringe when the lossy compression turns the hi-hat in "Peg" into over-cooked oatmeal. (Roger Nichols got a Grammy for that hi-hat, btw.)
4. Moan as the crash cymbals in "Black Dog" swirl around like they were run through a 12-bit phase shifter.

Voila! Deeply annoying music.
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Same thing for the standard XM Radio Online player. Just move to a Yahoo Widget or check to see if there is a "third party" player to use.


I use XaMp Studio (Free) and it has many more features than the standard player with XM. Plus I can leave it running all night if I want to. I am sure there is a comperable system for Sirius as well.
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