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The Geat HTF Satellite Radio Listener Diary Thread

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#1 of 28 OFFLINE   BrianAe


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Posted November 22 2004 - 04:59 AM

OK, about 6 or 7 months ago, after reading about it here on this forum, my wife and I decided to get in to satellite radio. I did a brief audition of both XM and Sirius and chose Sirius for what is mainly (but not entirely) music listening.

Here is what I now believe to be true:

1) Both Sirius and XM are great. I believe most people would greatly benefit from purchasing either and believe the cost to benefit ratio would be low for most people compared to other discretionary purchases.

2) The differences in play lists between the two services are real. XM does play a greater variety of songs with less repeats than Sirius.

3) Some (even those who like variety) will find the variety and lack of repeats on some XM channels to be too great.

4) The variety on Sirius (and XM) channels varies greatly. The best channels provide a great deal of variety, approaching XM levels but with a little more repeating, perhaps the perfect mix. The worst channels approach FM but are still a good deal better in terms of plays and repeats.

5) For Rock, Sirius has a much better selection of channels than XM, including a jam band channel. If you like Rock and don't mind occasionally switching channels this might make up for the less diverse play lists on Sirius.

However, I think there has been enough talk and hyperbole about which service is better for the music listener. So here is what I propose:
:A thread where every HTF member who uses Sat. radio posts listener diary entries of what songs they heard during listening sessions of 1 hour or more.

I think this will be a fun little thread that will give people a good feel for what is being played on both services and how great both services really are. I will post my first diary later today or tomorrow.


1) Your listening session must be a minimum of 1 hour
2) You must record and post every song you heard. No skipping the Elton John or Flaming Tomato's rendition of Viva Las Vegas. If your in the car and can't record or remember every song then wait until next time.
3) Changing channels up to 3 times per hour is allowed.

Format for posts:

Start Time:
Artist, Song
Artist, Song
Artist, Song
Artist, Song
Artist, Song
Artist, Song
End Time:

#2 of 28 OFFLINE   Chris


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Posted November 22 2004 - 03:34 PM

Ok, I'll play along to what extent I've got.. you're asking for too much info for me to jot down, though :0 Took the wife & kids shopping this afternoon, so lots of breaks in between, no start/stop time, but roughly from 4:25-6PM 1st Wave (Channel 22) (until we switch below) Peek-A-Boo Siouxie and the Banshees (Request) Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 Just Like Heaven - Cure The Walls Came Down - The Call (Request) Head over Heels - GoGos StarShine (didn't catch band name) Video Killed the Radio Star EP - The Buggles China Girl - David Bowie Man in the Moon - REM I'll Tumble For You - Culture Club What I Am - Edie Brickell (then we switched to Radio Disney) Why Not - Hillary Duff Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas Teenage Drama Queen - Lindsy Lohan Coming Clean - Hillary Duff Hamster Dance - Hamtaro Naked Mole Rap - Ron from Kim Possible Superstition - Raven Simone Update: Since we have 5 hours of driving on Turkey day, I'll try to post the log then.
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Posted November 22 2004 - 04:18 PM

Well, personally, I think that's a matter of what you are looking forward. Sirius definitly has the edge in Classic Rock. XM has the edge with "alternative" channels. If you just like Hair Bands, Sirius is for you. If you know that there was more metal in the 80s other than Hair Bands, then XM is probably for you. Sorry for the non-subject E-Mail, but I thought I should add this. I'll put in my entry here tomorrow evening. Jason

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Posted November 22 2004 - 03:59 PM

Having compared the two, and this doesn't often go mentioned, but I'd take Shade 45, Eminem's hip-hop station, over any rap station on XM at this point, they really have put it together in a good fashion.. their on-air live "rap duels" are hilarious call in segments, worth the station alone Posted Image
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#5 of 28 OFFLINE   BrianAe


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Posted November 23 2004 - 02:13 AM

Thanks Chris. Good job. Looking forward to your post Jason. I encourage everyone to participate. Also, feel free to post multiple times.

#6 of 28 OFFLINE   TheLongshot



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Posted November 23 2004 - 09:34 AM

Well, let's get started! Commute into work: Fine Tuning: Arcady - Bretton Reels Yes - Magnification Tornadoes - Telstar 70s on 7: Linda Ronstadt - When Will I Be Loved? Elton John - Island Girl Fine Tuning: Yussi - Yaxchillian Jimi Hendrix - Drifting The Loft: Allman Brothers - Midnight Rider (Live) Ian Mattews - Shady Lies Fine Tuning: Los Lobos - Angel Dance David Darling - Restraint Begins Lunch: Fine Tuning: Renaissance - Prologue Tony Levin - Tequila Chet Atkins - The Girl Friend 70s on 7: Van McCoy - The Hustle Chicago - Old Days Fine Tuning: Rick Wakeman - Live@XM 70s On 7: Meatloaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad Hot Chocolate - Every Ones a Winner Squizz: Stone Temple Pilots - Down Alter Bridge - Find The Real Staind - Price To Pay More comming later... Jason

#7 of 28 OFFLINE   BrianAe


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Posted November 23 2004 - 09:50 AM

Jason, very nice. I was only able to listen for about an hour today online. Didn't have very good luck with The Vault but Jam On did it for me as usual... Service: Sirius Start Time: 3:40 pm Channel: The Vault ?-? Some song I had never heard but really liked. Yes – Love will find a way Dylan – Tangled up in blue Steve Miller – Going to the country Elton John – Switched because I’m not too fond Channel: Jam On (for those of you that don't know, many of these tunes are very long) Give me three steps – Good cover but not sure by who John Scofield – Swinganova String Cheese incident – Black and white (common band on Jam On but first time I’ve heard this song) Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Broken hearted Savior (possibly first time I’ve heard this band) Dereck and the Dominos – Jam IV The Band – Blind Willie McTell Dylan – Queen Jane Phish – Possum End Time 4:52 Doing a road trip over the long weekend. Hopefully I can record some of what we hear on the trip and I can post it Monday. Keep em coming!

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Posted November 24 2004 - 08:39 AM

Had a really long commute last night, so I have a lot here. Posted Image

XM Music Lab
Yes - Time And A Word
Coheed And Cambria - The Velourium Ca

Da Boneyard
Metallica - Thorn Within
Giant - I'm A Believer
Kiss - Rock Bottom

Top Tracks
The Band - Up On Cripple Creek
Stevie Nicks - Edge Of Seventeen
Supertramp - Breakfast In America
CCR - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Da Boneyard
Firehouse - Don't Treat Me Bad
Extreme - Our Father
Queen - Keep Yourself Alive
Yngvie Malmsteen - In The Name Of God

Deep Tracks
Aerosmith - Love Me Two Times
Eric Clapton - Before You Accuse Me
Dan Folgleberg - It Doesn't Matter

Ozzy Osborne - Crazy Train
AC/DC - Back In Black
Outfield - Your Love
Men At Work - Down Under

Fine Tuning
Karl Jenkins - Mare Astralis
Tim Buckley - I Never Asked To
ELP - Tarkus
Moya Brennan - River
Gioacchino Ros - La Scala di Seta

I've got some more I've captured on my player that I haven't written down yet from last night...


#9 of 28 OFFLINE   BrianAe


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Posted December 13 2004 - 07:52 AM

Start Time: 12:15 Jam On: Artist:Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales Title:Venutian Blues Artist:Blues Traveler Title:But Anyway Artist:Widespread Panic Title:Walk On Artist:Phish Title:Reba Artist:New Riders Of The Purple Sage Title:Willie and the Hand Jive Artist:Keller Williams Title:Kidney In A Cooler Artist:Dave Matthews Band Title:Lie In Our Graves Time: 1:15 Classic Rewind: Artist:Queen Title:Fat Bottomed Girls Artist:Cheap Trick Title:Surrender Artist:AC/DC Title:Highway To Hell The Spectrum: Jackson Brown Artist:Peter Gabriel Title:Steam Artist:Counting Crows Title:Accidentally In Love Artist:Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Title:Crossfire Artist:U2 Title:Pride (In The Name Of Love) 80s: Artist:Nik Kershaw Title:Wouldn't It Be Good Artist:Eurythmics Title:Here Comes The Rain Again Artist:Bruce Springsteen Title:Tunnel Of Love The Vault: Artist:Styx Title:Lady Artist:Eric Clapton Title:May You Never Artist:Steppenwolf Title:Snowblind Friend Artist:Gary Wright Title:Love Is Alive Artist:Bachman-Turner Overdrive Title:Blue Moanin' (SurroundSound) Artist:Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Title:King's Road Artist:The Rolling Stones Title:Dance Little Sister Artist:Grand Funk Railroad Title:Are You Ready (live) Artist:Canned Heat Title:Let's Work Together End Time: 2:50pm Come on people (including Ron), ponny up...

#10 of 28 OFFLINE   William Laughner

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Posted December 13 2004 - 12:45 PM

Sirius Alt Nation 21 Start 7:16 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic Franz Ferdinand - This Fire Moby w/Gwen Stefani - South Side Good Charlotte - The World Is Black Taking Back Sunday - A Decade Under The Influence Unwritten Law - Save Me Foo Fighters - Times Like These Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus Sum 41 - Fat Lip The Killers - Somebody Tell Me Social Distortion - Reach For The Sky Cake - The Distance Story of the Year - Anthem Of Our Dying Day Green Day - Are We The Waiting Nine Inch Nails - Hurt Interpol - Slow Hands Coldplay - The Scientist Muse - Hysteria American Hi-Fi - Flavor of the Week Le Tigre - TKO Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue End 8:35pm

#11 of 28 OFFLINE   William Laughner

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Posted December 14 2004 - 02:20 PM

In my second day of listening to Alt Nation 21 on Sirius I am already begining to notice a number of songs that they are repeating pretty regularly. Another annoyance is the host that takes over at 7pm (Madison), she is really awful. Next week I will listen to XM 47 Ethel to compare playlist depth and repetition. Sirius Alt Nation 21 Start 6:53pm EST Social Distortion - Reach For The Sky Tori Amos - God Coldplay - Clocks The Working Title - Something She Said Red Hot Chili Peppers - Other Side Lazyboy - Underwear Goes Inside The Pants Green Day - Basket Case MUSE - Hysteria The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go Prodigy - Hot Ride Lostprophets - Wake Up (Make A Move) Sum 41 - Pieces Radiohead - Karma Police Garbage - #1 Crush Jet - Look What You've Done Offspring - (Can't Get My) Head Around You Interpol - Slow Hands Blink 182 - First Date Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out Taking Back Sunday - This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song The Music - Breakin' Butthole Surfers - Pepper Jimmy Eat World - Pain Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days The Hives - Two-Timing Touch And Broken Bones Incubus - Megalomaniac Unwritten Law - Save Me Prodigy - Firestarter Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Bjork - Army Of Me Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty Coheed & Cambria - Blood Red Summer End 8:59pm EST

#12 of 28 OFFLINE   William Laughner

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Posted December 15 2004 - 02:11 PM

Only 3 days into listening to Alt Nation 21 for an hour or more a day and I am getting tired of it. As you can tell by looking at the past two days and today, the repition of a set list of songs is becoming more obvious each day...and its very annoying. My local Indie alternative station CD101 (www.cd101.com) has more depth and less repetition...and its free.

Alt Nation 21

Start 7:47pm EST

Blink 182 - Stay Together For The Kids

Modest Mouse - Float On

Lostprophets - I Don't Know

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

Foo Fighters - Darling Nikki

Head Automatica - Brooklyn Is Burning

Interpol - Slow Hands

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop

MUSE - Hystertia

No Doubt - Spiderwebs

The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

Sum 41 - Pieces

Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty

Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus

Live - Lightining Crashes

Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down

U2 - All Because Of You

Everclear -Santa Monica

Bad Reglion - Los Angeles Is Burning

Taking Back Sunday - The Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)

Smashing Pumpkins - Today

MC Lars - Signing Emo

311 - Down

Jet - Look What You've Done

Pearl Jam - Better Man

Prodigy - Hot Ride

End 9:30pm EST

#13 of 28 OFFLINE   DwightK


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Posted December 16 2004 - 12:41 PM

XM going home from work 1653 - 1753 Mountain time XMU Dilated Peoples - Worst comes to Worst Modest Mouse - The World at Large Lucy *They Might be Giants - Particle Man XMU Pitty Sing - Bleeding Hearts Pennywise - My Own Way Stereolab - Sudden Stars Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Eyes of Green, Green, Green Ethel *Radiohead - Creep XMU The Faint - Southern Belles Lilys - Precollection Cato Salsa Experience - Move On The Crimea - Howling at the Moon wont make it Better D-Plan Remixed - Time Bomb Allister - Radio Player Franz Ferdinand - Matanee Lucy *Radiohead - Karma Police * - These groups are on my Skyfi2 tuneselect list and I usually switch to those groups as they come available.

#14 of 28 OFFLINE   William Laughner

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Posted January 05 2005 - 06:22 AM

Drove from Columbus, OH to Pittsburgh, PA last night and took my SkiFi2 with me. The drive ended up being a little longer than normal...but i didnt mind at all. I enjoyed 3 & 1/2 hours of excellent music. The people at Sirius 21 - Alt Nation need to get themselves a XM Radio and listen to XM47 - Ethel. The 3 & 1/2 hours I listened was a near perfect mix of old & new. I am looking forward to my drive back to Columbus, OH today to see what I get from Ethel this time. XM Start 10:44pm EST 47 - Ethel Jimmy Eat World - Lucky Denver Mint Franz Ferdinand - This Fire Pearl Jam - Spin The Black Circle Smashing Pumpkins - In The Arms of Sleep Sum 41 - Pieces Radiohead - High and Dry Yellowcard - Only One Todies - Away William Shatner - Common People Toad the Wet Sprocket - Good Intentions Alice In Chains - Angry Chair Razorlight - Golden Touch Fastball - The Way MUSE - Stockholm Syndrome Jane's Addiction - Had A Dad 311 - All Mixed Up Unwritten Law - Save Me Beastie Boys - An Open Letter To NYC Garbage - Special Louis XIV - Finding Out True Bjork - Hyper-Ballad Straylight Run - Existentailism O Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot The Donnas - Fall Behind Me Bloc Party - Banquet Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away Taking Back Sunday - A Decade Under The Influence Sebadoh - Rebound Coheed Cambria - Blood Red Summer Evanescence - Bring Me To Life Jimmy Eat World - Work Catherine Wheel - Gasoline All-American Rejects- Swing, Swing Mclusky - she will only bring you happiness Cranberries - Zombie Joe Strummer - Arms Aloft U2 - God Part 2 Fugazi - Argument My Chemical Romance - I'm Not OK (I Promise) (EDITED VERSION) JET - Cold Hard Bitch Hole - violet The Killers - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine Rancid - Time Bomb Smashing Pumpkins - Ava Adore The Fire Theft - Chain Wolfgang Press - Mama Told Me Not To Come Riddlin' Kids - Stop The World Secret Machines - Sad and Lonely James - Sit Down Elefant - Misfit Marcy Playground - St. Joe On The School Bus Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of Afghan Whigs - Be Sweet End 2:16am EST

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Posted February 10 2005 - 10:51 AM

Here's a few of my presets I did. I'll do some more later tonight or tomorrow. Posted Image

3:00-4:00 PM CST
Ethel XM47

Collective Soul - The World I Know
Green Day - American Idiot
Cardigans - Lovefool
Jimmy Eat World - Work
311 - First Straw
Bjork - Army of Me
The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk
Urge Overkill - Sister Havana
The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Nirvana - Something in the Way
Nine Inch Nails - Sanctified
Beck - Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)
Better Than Ezra - Desperately Wanting
Blink 182 - Down
Semisonic - Closing Time
By Divine Right - Soft Machine

4:00-5:00 PM CST
Cinemagic XM27

The Godfather
O' Brother Where Art Thou
Cold Mountain
Gods and Generals
The Last Samurai

5:00-6:00 PM CST
Fungus XM53
Special Program (5:00-5:30): Hee Haw Hell

Cramps - Birdfeed
Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors - Orenthal James was a Mighty Bad Man
Benny Cliff - Shake Em Up Rock
Reach Around Rodeo Clowns - Party, Party, Party
Southern Culture on the Skids - Soul City
Slick Pelt - Magdalena
Dash Rip Rock - Johnny Ace
Atomic Bombshell - Chicken
Beat Farmers - Big Rock Candy Mountain (End Hee Haw Hell)
Suicidal Tendencies - Suicide's An Alternative
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Strawberry Fields
Crizzy & The Punx - Rude Boys
Drones - Bone Idol
The Offspring - Worst Hangover Ever
GBH - Pass the Axe
Ignite - In Defense
Less Than Jake - Escape from the A-Bomb House
Sum 41 - Angels with Dirty Faces
Plasmatics - Rock and Roll
Bouncing Souls - Night Train
The Briggs - One Shot Down

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Posted February 10 2005 - 05:00 PM

11:10 PM -12:10 AM CST
Squizz XM47

Local H - California Songs
Velvet Revolver - Dirty Little Thing
Soulhat - Bonecrusher
Slipknot - Pulse Of The Maggots
Beck - E-Pro
Limp Bizkit - Hot Dog (listener's note: yuck.)
V Shape Mind - Monsters
Thornley - Easy Comes
Tantric - Mourning
Failure - Saturday Saviour
Papa Roach - Scars
Dope - Slipping Away
Magna Fi - Down In It
Powerman 5000 - That's the way it Goes
Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug

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Posted February 10 2005 - 06:01 PM

12:10 - 1:10 AM CST
The System XM82

Sonar Methods - Echoing Waves
Paul van Dyk - Seven Ways
Andy Ling - Calling Angels
Mark Otten - Tranquility
Anthea - He Said She Said
R.O.O.S. - Instant Moments
Digital Tension - Symphony of Tomorrow
Juno Reactor - Pistolero

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Posted February 10 2005 - 08:39 PM

1:15 AM - 2:15 AM CST
Deep Tracks XM40

Beatles - Revolution
John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance
Pat Travers - Born Under a Bad Sign
Standells - Try It
Dion - The Wanderer
Creedence Clearwater Revival- Before You Accuse Me
Jerry Garcia - Sugaree
Allman Brothers - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Andy Pratt - Avenging Annie
Quicksilver Mess - Mona

#19 of 28 OFFLINE   Brian Elwood

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Posted August 23 2005 - 07:24 AM

OK - I gotta ask since I'm getting Sirius tomorrow (I have it with Dish Net and love it). How are you guys remembering all this while driving ???? Octane ROCKS with rock!
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Posted August 28 2005 - 08:06 AM


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