Just bought a new toy...
It is the new XM2go Inno from Pioneer . I’ve never had an iPod or anything like that, my last “personal audio device” was one of the original Sony walkmans in the 1980’s. It used this thing called a cassette tape to store music. Now I’ll have 50 hours of recorded music for airplane trips. Getting to be a little “borg” like here – I have my books on one side of me (on my Treo), my music on the other side and the notebook on my back. I guess I could get a set of these and complete the picture (nice pun eh? "complete the picture"). I really like XM radio though. The commercial free aspect of XM, along with the variety makes it so I don’t have to decide what I want to listen to. Someone is always playing something I want to hear. I have the home dock to plug into my stereo and have on order the car dock as well as another home dock for the office. Much like my phone I think this device will be with me most places I go now. The reception is excellent outdoors and in large cities – very nice indoors as well (using the ground based XM broadcast). At home, I use the external antenna and have perfect reception. For the times I don’t have a good signal – or am on batteries (15 hours listening to recorded material, 5 hours using the antenna), I have the recorded sessions.
I’ve read some disturbing news regarding this recently (the Inno). This sort of thing makes me wonder. So, the Inno can record – only onto the Inno (you cannot offload the recordings) and unless I maintain my subscription to XM radio (you have to use the Inno on their network 8 hours a month), the Inno will lock the music. Seems to me that is a lot more restrictive then, oh I don’t know, recording music from the radio – which is fair use and has been forever. I’ve been able to get high fidelity (higher fidelity than the XM recordings) forever. This seems like a waste of time, energy and effort. Besides – I’m listening to music I would never listen to without XM radio playing it for me, and I might even buy something from an artist I would never have considered otherwise. And since XM is kind enough to actually tell me the artist name and song title – it makes it possible (as opposed to just recording from the airwaves).
I don’t see how this differs from Tivo, from the days when I recorded onto 8-Track (I actually had an 8-Track tape recorder once upon a long time ago), cassettes, burning my own CD’s, whatever. In fact, it is a lot more restrictive (but meets my needs perfectly).