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Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 1:16 pm

My Wife was looking for a radio station and tried regular XM and it was working again within out all of the preview channels. This is the first time we have tried to use it since our new car subscription ran out, I thought it was just a Memorial weekend special but still working today. Loved the Beach Boys special they had over the weekend on 60's. I also just had the car in for my 1 year service, I wonder if that has anything to do with it??
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Re: Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 2:11 pm

1051 wrote:My Wife was looking for a radio station and tried regular XM and it was working again within out all of the preview channels. This is the first time we have tried to use it since our new car subscription ran out, I thought it was just a Memorial weekend special but still working today. Loved the Beach Boys special they had over the weekend on 60's. I also just had the car in for my 1 year service, I wonder if that has anything to do with it??



I don't think the one-year check had anything to do with it ... I always play from my USB drive, but accidentally paged through to XM and all my old channels were there and they are playing. I just figured they were trying to sucker me in for a subscription.

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Re: Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 2:16 pm

It's weird... I'm in month 16 with it still working and still haven't paid a cent to XM...

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1051 wrote:I don't think the one-year check had anything to do with it ... I always play from my USB drive, but accidentally paged through to XM and all my old channels were there and they are playing. I just figured they were trying to sucker me in for a subscription.
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Tue May 29, 2012 2:49 pm

TomT wrote:It's weird... I'm in month 16 with it still working and still haven't paid a cent to XM...

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1051 wrote:I don't think the one-year check had anything to do with it ... I always play from my USB drive, but accidentally paged through to XM and all my old channels were there and they are playing. I just figured they were trying to sucker me in for a subscription.


Same here. I'm just ending month 14. Mine stopped working in June 2011, as I recall. I called them and got a free six month extension. It's still working almost a year later.
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Re: Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 3:32 pm

1051 wrote:My Wife was looking for a radio station and tried regular XM and it was working again within out all of the preview channels. This is the first time we have tried to use it since our new car subscription ran out, I thought it was just a Memorial weekend special but still working today. Loved the Beach Boys special they had over the weekend on 60's. I also just had the car in for my 1 year service, I wonder if that has anything to do with it??

They are currently in a free preview from May 22nd through June 4th: http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=118091

Though my car was never properly registered with XM, so it hasn't ever stopped working... Unfortunately they seem to replay the exact same playlists every 6 hours or so, depending on the station, so I don't listen often.
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Re: Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 7:08 pm

DarkStar wrote:they seem to replay the exact same playlists every 6 hours or so, depending on the station, so I don't listen often.


I noticed that too. It did seem to just be a big loop.
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Re: Free XM Again

Tue May 29, 2012 9:53 pm

I've never called them and when I get their junk mail I toss it in the trash without opening. The only active measure I did was plug in the code on the first day I had the car.

And I still am trying to get through that USB drive with 8,000+ music tracks on it.

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Re: Free XM Again

Wed May 30, 2012 3:36 pm

What brand of USB drive and how large is it? I have a 32gig Patriot that wont play more than 15 sec of a song before freezing up. :!:

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Re: Free XM Again

Wed May 30, 2012 4:39 pm

jimjudy wrote:What brand of USB drive and how large is it? I have a 32gig Patriot that wont play more than 15 sec of a song before freezing up. :!:


Its a Kingston Data Traveler 64 GB you can get them from www.newegg.com or sometimes on ebay. I low-level formatted mine using my Linux system, then reformatted with the Linux's "native msdos" format which is a 32-bit type compatible with just about everything. I established a meta-folder "Music" and then established sub-folders for each artist (420+ of them, using the Linux application EasyTag ( www.http://easytag.sourceforge.net/ ) with EasyTag operating in the Command Line mode. It also has a very easy and capable graphical mode which works inside of Gnome, KDE, and all of the other Linux xvid systems and on all variation of the Linux operating system. After establishing the sub-directories, I wrote music tracks to each directory based up the artist. In many cases where Various Artists was the operative description (Like the Putumayo compilations of world music) I simply used "Various Artists". Thus, I might have an album which contains many different music tracks, each by a different compilation of artists, but which can be played either by the artist name or by the title. Once I started EasyTag running through the various tasks, it required about 20 minutes to parse all files. This is on a Linux OS on a dual-core 3.5Ghz system with 16GB of RAM and 1 Terabyte storage in a RAID-0 configuration of 4 1TB hard drives (4 terabytes, but in RAID operation to equal 1 TB). The OS and housekeeping functions run from a Solid State Harddrive (like the old "RAM drives" we set up under DOS which used part of upper memory. The RAM drive I have is "very fast", as in blink your eye and miss the little green LED blinking. Sure beats my old Heathkit H89 Z80.


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Re: Free XM Again

Wed May 30, 2012 8:40 pm

I have a similar problem with two different USB sticks, one more often than the other. I told them at the one year check and after about two weeks the dealer got the OK from Nissan to replace the radio (still waiting for it to come in, we'll have to see if this will fix the problem).

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