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Old 08-23-2005, 01:27 PM   #1
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curious to what you guys think... I listen to every rock station, on an average of 11 hours a day.

I think by FAR it's the Hair Nation, with Left of Center a close second. I'm a music junkie - it's not hard for me to think of hundreds of alternatives to the repetition they're playing on each of these stations. I try not to listen to these stations anymore, gets on my nerves.

I guess nobody's complaining, since they keep doing it.

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Old 08-23-2005, 05:42 PM   #2
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Octane is the most repetitive, imho
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Mainstream Nation... Repeat Nation...Censorship Nation...Repetition Nation....Alt Nation. That's it.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:23 PM   #4
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Long ago, ItsOnSirius was able to provide us with reports on repeats. IIRC, AltNation was the leader
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I agree that it's REPEAT NATION! Maybe they'll play "Is This Love" by Whitesnake 3 more times before I go to bed tonight (if i'm lucky... Gaaak!).
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:54 AM   #6
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Alt Nation probably wins, but I'm throwing in my vote to LEFT OF CENTER.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:53 PM   #7
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Left of Center? Or should I say "Death Cab for Cutie Central"?

I've had Sirius since Sunday and already they've played Death Cab into the ground.. I could swear this is the third time today I've heard "Soul Meets Body"
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Octane or Alt Nation gets my voice. It seems they both equally play songs to death. I don't listen to Left of Center too often, but one time I heard the same track twice within two hours.

I have to give credit where it is due though... in the five months that I've had Sirius I am very impressed with Hard Attack and Underground Garage. Nothing like these stations are to be found on XM, and their repetition seems to be minimal. There are a few songs Hard Attack likes to overplay, but these are songs you more than likely won't ever be hearing on FM! Except for maybe that one hour metal show your local FM rock station does at midnight once a week.

I can't figure out the reason why Octane and Alt Nation are programmed to sound exactly like the average active rock or alternative rock FM station though. I heard Q101 in Chicago a few weeks ago, and it blows Alt Nation away.
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The only thing repetitive about Hard Attack is the new shit, which frankly, if you're gonna repeat stuff, let it be stuff that hasn't been heard much yet. When they play "Original Sin" stuff, you almost never hear the same song twice. Same bands, sure, but different songs. Hair Nation definately needs some work done.
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I can't figure out the reason why Octane and Alt Nation are programmed to sound exactly like the average active rock or alternative rock FM station though. I heard Q101 in Chicago a few weeks ago, and it blows Alt Nation away.
Octane is programmed to sound exactly like the average active rock FM station because that's what it is. Like it or not, radio formats become successful because people like them (and indeed, the active rock format is gaining ground nationally). The last thing Sirius needs is a prospective subscriber to say, "I really like listening to $FORMAT station, but Sirius doesn't have that so I won't subscribe." Thus, Sirius will program a counterpart to basically every major radio format, basically aping that format.
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While there might be a small percentage of people who get satellite radio purely to avoid commercials, I think most who go to the trouble of subscribing and buying equipment at least partly expect more interesting playlists than one would get on FM, where things are robotically programmed to the very lowest focus-group common denominator (i.e., people who don't usually go to the trouble of spending $$ on radio programming). After all, FM is free...
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While there might be a small percentage of people who get satellite radio purely to avoid commercials, I think most who go to the trouble of subscribing and buying equipment at least partly expect more interesting playlists than one would get on FM, where things are robotically programmed to the very lowest focus-group common denominator (i.e., people who don't usually go to the trouble of spending $$ on radio programming). After all, FM is free...
Exactly! While I understand your position, leviramsey, how many prospective Sirius subscribers may see shallow playlists and decide it isn't worth their money? Or worse, cancel after only a few months of service?

As a former XM subscriber, I thought Squizz (Octane's counterpart) had a perfect playlist. I was familiar with all the new popular songs that were making the active rock charts, but they also played many deeper songs and more obscure bands. It's too bad Squizz was the only station on XM I could handle listening to before I switched to Sirius... At the time, Ethel's playlist was so deep I would only recognize at the most half the songs on the alternative/modern rock charts.

If Sirius could bridge that gap between the shallow FM-like playlists and the deep playlists of XM, I think many subscribers would be much happier with Octane, Alt Nation, LOC, Hair Nation, etc. If Sirius could just modify these playlists to add 2-3 deeper songs an hour and lay off on some of the repeats, I think they would sound much better. It would give the listener the idea that they are paying for something different, without sacrificing what they love about FM.
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I agree with all of what is said. The easy alternative would be to add more channels which would provide the same basic music type (and keep the channels as they are for those who want that) just with more meat for those who want more, without having to resort to the confusion that is called Sirius Disorder.
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Buzzsaw plays a lot of the same things everyday. :\
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While there might be a small percentage of people who get satellite radio purely to avoid commercials, I think most who go to the trouble of subscribing and buying equipment at least partly expect more interesting playlists than one would get on FM, where things are robotically programmed to the very lowest focus-group common denominator (i.e., people who don't usually go to the trouble of spending $$ on radio programming). After all, FM is free...
I agree 100%. Sirius was much better in the early days.
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