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My Backup Plan for XM’s Fall…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 5:48 pm

I’ve been whining a lot lately about XM Sirius XM satellite radio. They are bought and sold with annoying regularity, the sound quality keeps dropping, and their pricing is going up next month (thanks, Mel, for lying to everyone to get your merger completed). While I’ll handle that by dropping a radio so I can pay less than before the price increase in protest, I can’t really drop the radio my parents’ use…my mother loves Escape, the “standards” channel. But the events the past week or two have kicked me in the tail to start setting up a backup plan for when Mel Karmazin finally sinks the ship completely and the satellites are re-purposed for DirecTV.

I actually started thinking about this back in October listening to the Halloween holiday channel; contrasting Gore to last year’s Igor scared the bejeezus out of me, so I wanted to find something I could live with for next Halloween. Yeah, something like the old XM Igor.

To solve this, I started using the demo version of StationRipper, a software package that allows you to (legally - the RIAA might want to stop you, but for now it’s still fair-use to record any audio for personal use) record Internet radio stations. I looked around for a Halloween channel programmed to my tastes, and when I found one I started recording it. It didn’t take long for me to have a playlist of a few hundred songs, which should be perfect for next year’s holiday season.

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