Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Just bought a new toy...

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).


Blogger Hae-Kwang said....

I saw this product on a commercial yesterday I think. Although I'm a fan of the iPod for the clickwheel feature, I've been considering satellite radio subconciously. Do you recommend it? Are there any tech stations on XM for people that want to learn, etc. Depending on how long you've had the particular toy for, what's your thoughts on it? Do you recommend, etc.?


- Hae

Tue May 23, 10:50:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I've had the XM radio for a little over 1.5 years now.

I listen to nothing else but. It is not for "education" (that is an interesting thought though), but it has news, weather, traffic, entertainment (comedy channels, tv shows and the like - audio only of course) as well as lots of music.

And no commercials on the music (CNN headline news which I listen to in the car often does have commercials but it is bearable).

I really dig my XM radio, this device makes it that much better as I have it with me everywhere now, not just as my desk, computer and car.

Tue May 23, 10:56:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I am also an XM convert. I never thought I would pay a monthly fee for radio. My new Honda came with an XM radio with a 3-month trial subscription and once that ended, I couldn't have signed up for the service any faster!

I hate driving my other car as terrestrial radio is just not cutting it anymore.

Tue May 23, 11:20:00 AM EDT  

Blogger KD said....

I somehow still like my sony walkman. I've been thinking about converting to XM myself though.

Tue May 23, 12:00:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous John Hurley said....

Two things ...

1) The problem with XM radio is no Howard Stern. Why get a satellite radio that is missing the "King of All Media"?

2) Someone said sony walkman. Well sony has had out ( how long a year? more ? ) a new thing called the Bean. It is the new and improved walkman plays mp3's and has an fm receiver. It is tiny and not expensive and worth checking out ( particularly if your better half has issued threats regarding ipods ). You just say "it's a walkman honey!". Case closed eh?

Tue May 23, 12:50:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Ditto on the XM Revolution. I've had it since I bought my new Chevy. My dial is almost always tuned to Bluesville or Fox News...maybe some of the harder stations on the weekends. I'm surprised they haven't gotten hit harder by the recording industry then they already have. I can't say I've missed Stern since he fled "terrestrial" radio...but I heard he might be back soon enough:


Any coments on your Treo? I just ordered a Treo 650 through Cingular. Do you feel satisfied with it as your handheld/mobile phone combo-device?

Tue May 23, 01:39:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

totally unrelated subject yet
Scott Adams blog really good

Tue May 23, 02:49:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I really like my treo, it is a second computer for me (email, web, instant messaging). I can go for a day or two without firing up the big computer when on travel.

It is not the best phone, but it is a good second, small computer.

Tue May 23, 03:02:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

Howard Stern ... ugh. He's a bit of a one-trick pony that guy -- amusing for a short while but then you just here the same stuff over and over again.

My MP3 player mostly gets used for audio books and the like. I have a subscription to "This American Life" and "Car Talk" through http://www.audible.com, and it's one of those or kiddies audio books in the car. I also have a lot of music on there but I rarely use it to listen to that. The car is too noisy and distracting, and I can just use a CD player at home.

My prize piece of technology is actually a monaural FM radio, a Tivoli Audio PAL. The sound quality is extraordinary, and I carry it round the house like a child with a favourite toy.

Tue May 23, 03:06:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Dallas Deeds said....

It would be nice if the Tom Kyte series was available in audiobook format - I could actually get something out of the 1 hour daily commute....

Tue May 23, 04:08:00 PM EDT  

Blogger KD said....

I don't know if I want to listen to tom's sql scripts on "asktom audio book"...
But since we are talking about XM/FM/Walkman, it would not be a bad idea(IMHO) if Tom talks on OracleFM or OracleXM radio every morning for 30-60 minutes.
What say you, Tom???

Tue May 23, 04:25:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

"It used this thing called a cassette tape to store music"

Sigh. And no DRM involved.

Tue May 23, 05:10:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Agree with David, Howard Stern sucks. Big time.

Tue May 23, 08:45:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Republicans suck.

Tue May 23, 09:07:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Cosmic Charlie said....

My favorite XM station is Deep Tracks. Love the Grateful Dead Hour.

PS - Happy 65th to Bob Dylan, XM DJ.

Wed May 24, 08:08:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Current favorite channel is "Lucy" ;)

see http://xm411.com/ for what's playing...

Wed May 24, 08:10:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Scott said....

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" -- George Santayana

Cassette tapes had radio stations and record companies scared that people would steal and share music (and they'd lose revenue). Then VHS/Beta tapes scared TV and movie companies for the same reason. Then Software companies (and, later, radio stations, record companies, tv stations, and movie companies) freaked out when CD-Rs and DVD-Rs came out. Each time, the respective panicing groups attempted to get the offending technology banned, regulated, or lobotomized. Ultimately, they failed (well, I'll give you DVD regions) ... but, each time you'd think they'd look back and say "it didn't work before ... it won't now. Rather than trying to throttle this, perhaps we should figure out how to utilize it."

Sadly, they don't learn from past attempts. And so, it's happening (yet) again with satellite radio, portable media players, personal video recorders ... even the internet itself (net neutrality).

They just don't get it.

Wed May 24, 04:22:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Tony said....

XM Radio is the analytics of radio - it "rocks and rolls". I've had my Delphi XM2Go since January and love it. We don't have cable TV so we listen to it alot throughout the day and then pop it the car for the long drives. Being able to listen to the same station anywhere is great.

I also really love being able to listen to all the baseball games...worth the price of admission by itself.

I was listening to it online at work for awhile but that got nixed. My days are a little longer and bit more sad now.

Thu May 25, 09:04:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Howard Stern rules!

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