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VynlSol
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« on: November 06, 2004, 06:52:37 PM »

I purchased a "TimeTrax Complete" package from timetraxtech.com a couple of weeks ago, just got it today. I now have it setup and running...listening to XM radio on my pc. It rocks lol.

It's actually designed to give you the ability to record music off of XM radio, and it does that very well. That wasn't the main selling point for me though, but it's certainly nice.

All in all I'm impressed not only with the TimeTrax product, but XM radio as well. With all of the choices I have now here at home, I fear Max Floyd and the Rock and Roll Army over at 99.7 KY are gonna lose a very long time listener.

Edited cuz I don't know my urls.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2004, 01:56:16 AM »

Man, I'm seriously confused about something.

I go to www.timetrax.com and it's a website with time and tracking software. I don't see anything about listening to XM radio on pc's.

What am I missing here?
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2004, 02:04:05 AM »

OK, I figured out what the problem is. The website is timetraxtech.com
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2004, 03:29:33 AM »

What kind of shortcomings do you see with the software?  It looks pretty straightforward and utilitarian to me (which I see as a positive).  I'm just wondering if there are any glaring problems you have noticed.

I have XM Radio in my truck and absolutely LOVE it.  I think this would be pretty nifty since I could save some of the songs I really liked to the PC.  I'm kind of surprised this is something this RIAA hasn't pissed themselves over yet since I found the audio quality to be quite good.  Sure, taping off the radio has always been possible, but not with this level of quality.

Does anybody know if there are any discounts for setting up another device if I am already a subscriber, or is it another $9.95 a month?
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2004, 03:45:17 AM »

JSHAW thanks for pointing out the url, don't know what I was thinking about when I put it in there smile

stiffler -

I've been messing around with it for a few hours, and the one shortcoming I can see has to do with recording. The stations on XM Radio, as I'm sure you know, have DJ chatter...the ones that aren't commercial free in anycase. So sometimes when it records a song it will get some of that DJ chatter as well, like when they talk over the opening bars of a song, or the end.

Other than that, I'm very pleased. Sound quality is great...the channel listing in Timetrax lets you look at what's playing across the spectrum while you're listening to whatever. One thing that I found to be pretty nifty with recording is that if you are already listening to a song, then decide, hey I want to record that, just hit record and you'll get the whole song.

You can set the minimum length of song you can record, so if you leave record on a station for a while it will skip over commercials and such.

I'm pretty sure XM Radio has some kind of package deal. Not sure what, but I recall seeing something mentioned on their site when I activated my account online.
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2004, 05:34:30 AM »

Thanks for the follow up, VynlSol.

The TimeTrax page has a nice package with the XM Direct unit and all the necessary accessories and software for $99.99 which looks like a great deal.  Unfortunately, "due to high demand this ships in 4-6 weeks."  So there is something to add to the Christmas list.  The software appears well-supported and updated, which is definately a plus.  I really like the different encoding options available.

To answer my own question, if you already have an XM subscription up to four more receivers can be added for $6.99 each.
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