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  1. SteveK

    Sirius Unveils Its Portable Radio

    It's not clear that this is truly a Sirius radio unless it's in a car cradle or home cradle. When it's not hooked up to one of its cradles, it seems you can only listen to RECORDED Sirius content (or your own mp3/wma files),and can listen to LIVE Sirius content only when it's connected to a...
  2. SteveK

    Live 8 on XM

    It now appears XM will offer even more Live8 coverage than previously indicated. XM will now dedicate seven channels to this event (one for each city)plus an anchor channel that will cut to various performances around the globe, as well as the originally announced Ch 200 and 201 coverage. So it...
  3. SteveK

    Live 8 on XM

    Although the normal programming offered by XM is top notch, it's special events such as this that make an XM subscription such a great deal. Unless you live near one of the concert venues, imagine the cost of attending even one of the concerts, much less all of them. But you can hear it all live...
  4. SteveK

    "The Long Haul" (Chronology of Country Music)

    For you country music fans, XM will begin running a special in mid-June you might be interested in. It's called "The Long Haul", and it plays several decades worth of country music hits. They originally ran "The Long Haul" several years ago, but are airing it again in a slightly modified format...
  5. SteveK

    XM Satellite Is 'Superior Investment' To Sirius

    I agree, Jason. I don't want XM to become a "hits only" format with limited playlists that Sirius seems to prefer. Of course I want to hear familiar songs, but I also want to hear obscure songs I may never have heard before. Give me the 12-hour special broadcasts or the Songcycle on Bluesville...
  6. SteveK

    Billie Holi-Day on Real Jazz 7 April 2005

    For you Billie Holiday fans, XM's Real Jazz (Channel 70) will be airing its second annual tribute to Billie Holiay in honor of her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 7 from 8 AM EST to 8 PM EST. I'm sure there will be lots of Billie Holiday songs, as well as interview segments with her and other...
  7. SteveK

    For Stephen Sondheim Fans

    Bob - You obviously enjoyed the broadcast a great deal. I certainly agree that it was an outstanding example of what XM has to offer. As I indicated in my first post, I find some of Stephen Sondheim's music to be rather strange at times, as it is not exactly melodic and usually has a lot of...
  8. SteveK

    For Stephen Sondheim Fans

    On XM 28 (On Broadway) and XM 200 (XM Live) from 11AM to 11PM EST on Saturday March 19, they are presenting a live broadcast of the "Symphony Stage" Tribute to Stephen Sondheim from New York. I've been listening for the last 2 hours plus, and so far it's been quite enjoyable. It's primarily...
  9. SteveK

    Any experiences with BookZap?

    A few days ago, I clicked on one of the ads I saw here on HTF. It was from a company called BookZap. They offer a variety of old time radio programs (OTR) on DVD mp3, as well as pdf files of many classic works on DVD. Their prices appear quite reasonable, particularly for most of their...
  10. SteveK

    Special Limited Offer on upgrading SkyFi2 to optical output capability

    Ron - Obviously this is reviving an old thread (with information about a special offer that is no longer valid), but I was curious if you went ahead and had the Toslink output added to your SkyFi or SkyFi2 modified, and what you think of the Toslink output if you did. I'm again contemplating...
  11. SteveK

    Your Music.com - CD's at $5.99 per disc

    I've been a member for the past several months, and so far I'm quite pleased with their service. Unfortunately, they didn't change my membership to the lower price, but $5.99 per disc is obviously still a very good price. I still have my BMG membership, but I retain it primarily to receive the...
  12. SteveK

    Breaking News: XM to raise rates but include extras for subscribers

    One good thing that XM is doing (March 1 - April 1) is offering existing subscribers the opportunity to lock into current rates by subscribing for one or more years. Two-year to five-year subscriptions are also available at discounted rates, and a one-year subscription apparently will be the...
  13. SteveK

    Looking to buy a DVD recorder, but which one?

    Shahryar - I bought mine either at Buy.com or Amazon.com (can't remember which one had the best price at the time). I think you'll find the Toshiba is more expensive than the $249 you mentioned for the Pioneer; it seems I paid around $425 or so for mine. I've had it for about 8 months now, so I...
  14. SteveK

    Looking to buy a DVD recorder, but which one?

    Shahryar - Sorry for the delay in responding; it's been a while since I checked in on this topic. Before trying to answer your question, let me state that I don't currently have any high definition capability, and don't have any plans to get HD until the price drops substantially. Thus, I...
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    Your Music.com - CD's at $5.99 per disc

    Thanks for the link, Glenn. I had overlooked the previous discussion in the music section of the forum (although I debated which section I should post this in). I sent yourmusic.com an e-mail asking if they could change my membership to the $4.99 category, but I doubt they will do it. $5.99 is...
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    Your Music.com - CD's at $5.99 per disc

    James - Please post that link here if you happen to see it "live" again. $5.99 per CD isn't bad, but obviously $4.99 is even better. Given the similarity of addresses, I'm not surprised that this is a BMG club. BMG usually has "buy one get three free" specials every month, but this is...
  17. SteveK

    Your Music.com - CD's at $5.99 per disc

    Recently I was perusing the IMDB site when one of the banner ads caught my interest. It was for a site called yourmusic.com and they sell all their CDs for $5.99 per disc. The only thing I don't care for is that you have to form a queue for their automatic shipment each month, and they will bill...
  18. SteveK

    Looking to buy a DVD recorder, but which one?

    I've had my Toshiba XS-32 about 7 months now, and I use it far more than I ever thought I would. I have recorded many movies from Turner Classic Movies and IFC, and have even (temporarily) added the Showtime and Starz channels to my DishNetwork subscription. Although both services primarily show...
  19. SteveK

    Netflix vs. Blockbuster online..

    Michael - I've only been a BB member for about 2 weeks now, so I'm not certain how they usually handle multi-disk rentals. If I remember correctly, the few times I've ordered multi-disc sets, BB prompts you that the title is more than one disc and asks if you wish to add the second disc. It...
  20. SteveK

    No more late fees at Blockbuster!, could be worse

    I was surprised to learn that the "restocking" fee is only $1.25. No matter how late you return your DVD within 30 days, you pay only $1.25 for keeping it longer than you should have, and you pay nothing if you return it within 7 days. This seems very generous to me, as fines on overdue books at...
  21. SteveK

    Special Limited Offer on upgrading SkyFi2 to optical output capability

    Ron - I remember reading that the digital output was a significant upgrade on the original SkyFi. Is it an equally significant upgrade on the SkyFi2? I'm asking because I've read comments that the analog output on the SkyFi2 is nearly as good as the digital output on the original SkyFi, so I'm...
  22. SteveK

    XM vs. Sirius...any preferences?

    Bob - I have to agree on the quality and variety of classical offerings on XM. I've long been a fan of classical music, but on most classical radio stations you tend to hear a lot of the heavy hitters and relatively little of more obscure composers. I've been very pleased with the variety of...
  23. SteveK

    XM moves towards providing video entertainment

    I agree, Joe, but it seems there has been relatively little attention paid to this announcement. I guess there's nothing exciting about a $1 chip...unless you realize that it means nearly every manufacturer of audio equipment can incorporate it and offer an "XM Ready" clock radio (for example)...
  24. SteveK

    Blockbuster Online Rentals

    Jim - I haven't yet used the coupons, but I would imagine they could be used for new releases, as they don't say they can't be used that way. So I'm assuming they can be used for new releases, until I find out otherwise. As far as distribution centers, they definitely have multiple shipping...
  25. SteveK

    Blockbuster Online Rentals

    Jim - I just joined about a week ago, and so far it seems OK. Of course, you always have the problem of the selections you want being on a "short wait" or "Long wait" status, but that's hard to avoid. Except for titles where sequence is important, I really don't care what order I receive my...
  26. SteveK

    SIRIUS CES News: New rollouts

    It should be very interesting to learn of the new products featuring satellite radio (whether Sirius or XM) announced at this year's CES. It's an indication that satellite radio has become (or is about to become) mainstream, and I think you'll see an ever-increasing variety of products and...
  27. SteveK

    Satellite Radio Thru-out the House

    Rob - I agree that the FM transmitter on the SkyFi2 is a great idea. I started with the original SkyFi about 18 months ago, and liked it so much that I purchased not one, not two, but THREE home units at about $70 each. I probably would have only purchased one of those units had the FM...
  28. SteveK

    In America -- May 11th (merged)

    I finally saw this movie last night, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. The two child actors were simply incredible; I'm sure they have a good future ahead of them. I wasn't surprised to learn they were sisters, as there was obvious chemistry between them. Without giving anything away, the...
  29. SteveK

    MyFi2 Problem

    Rob - It seems not having a tight enough connection is a common problem, but fortunately is easily fixed. Glad it worked for you. I'm sure you'll get lots of enjoyment out of your new SkyFi2, especially now that it's working properly. Enjoy! Steve K.
  30. SteveK

    Considering XM/Sirius - Concerned About Sound Quality

    I guess there's an advantage to not having ears that hear every fault of compressed music, and to not having an expensive stereo system that makes the inherent faults all the more obvious. I have a decent system, but certainly not a high-end system that would make audiophiles stand up and take...
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