Many ordinary FM and AM stations transmit small amounts of digital data, such as song titles. And nearly 1,800 channels are entirely digital. Radio manufacturers are starting to take advantage of this extra information, creating gadgets that can not only play music, but also take notes, help you shop, or even save your life.
A player worthy of Doc Frankenstein. XM's newest offering makes sure you never miss your favorite broadcasts; the XMp3 can record up to five stations at once. But the recording multiple channels concurrently feature pales in comparison to its Tivo-like brain. It notes which stations you listen to most and records them at least once a day.
These portable satellite radios deliver programming from 22,000 miles above Earth to your pocket
By Jenny EverettPosted 10.05.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Think of these pretty portable players as the lovechildren of TiVo, satellite radio and the iPod. They allow you to record your favorite crystal-clear satellite programming TiVo-style and then listen to it later on, wherever you are. Although these wearable units are not themselves satellite receivers-they have to be docked to receive and record content-the XM Samsung neXus and Sirius S50 have two key advantages over their antenna-outfitted relatives: They´re half the size, and you can upload your MP3 and WMA files and mix them into your satellite-radio playlists.
How the nation's first satellite radio service keeps 100 CD-quality stations on the air.
By William G. Phillips (Editor)Posted 01.23.2002 at 2:20 pm 1 Comment
1. On-Air Schedule:
Four computers (two on each side of the room) display play lists as they're chosen by the DJs.
2. Repeater Status Map:
More than 800 repeaters amplify XM's signals, ensuring you don't lose reception under bridges or
in tunnels. A green dot means the repeater is fine, red means it needs maintenance.
3. Parabolic Speaker:
Broadcasts any of XM's stations into the room.
Satellite radio promises
no static, few commercials, and 100 channels . . . at a cost.
By Marc HorowitzPosted 12.10.2001 at 5:52 pm 1 Comment
Maybe you first tune in the station driving past some lobster-roll shack just outside Bangor, Maine. You know the music isn't coming from the local FM radio tower a few miles away. Instead, it's being digitally compressed and uplinked from a massive command center in Washington, D.C., bouncing off a pair of Boeing satellites in geostationary orbit high above the equator, and finding its way to a sleek little shark-fin antenna mounted on the trunk. The technology is at best a compelling afterthought, because after the fourth or fifth song, you realize the music speaks to you.