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  • Anyone use the software "TimeTrax" for XM?

    Just wondered if anyone uses / has used the software TimeTrax to record / rip songs / shows to MP3's from XMD1000.

    How did you like it? Is it worth the $40?

    Is there similar software out there for cheaper?
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    I intend to use it when my PC gets installed. As far as I know, it is the only software of its kind and as a result, XM stopped producing the XM PCR (I believe)
    2005 Black Chevy Impala
    Current Status: Installed in Vehicle/Testing 75%

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tbird2340
      Just wondered if anyone uses / has used the software TimeTrax to record / rip songs / shows to MP3's from XMD1000.

      How did you like it? Is it worth the $40?

      Is there similar software out there for cheaper?
      I'm not a moderator here, but ----- JOKE, just kidding. I and probably half the folks throughout this community have gone through this at least a million times.

      Its my understanding that the XMPCR was discontinued because there were several recorder software programs in development and the RIAA was pressuring XM Radio and its hardware suppliers. XM Radio was able to threaten most out of business, but TimeTrax stood their ground. Their only recourse was to discontinue the PCR. XM Direct was then reverse engineered by several private sources for much the same functionality and as a bonus the XM Commander worked the same way. I use a commander with both displays functional and switch between computer control and commander control.

      The short version of the answer to your question is the top three stand alone programs were (I'll explain this distinction in a minute) :

      TimeTrax
      PCR Commander
      XtremePCR

      The first two have built in recorders, the third has extra listening functionality. The reason I said "were" is because XM Radio scared off the developers of the bottom two by threatening them. Therefore those two haven't progressed from beta in two to three years. They can be found on the web, but are becoming harder to find. Neither is touch screen friendly, (although XtremePCR is supposedly skinnable) I have both installed as external apps in RoadRunner and haven't used either in over a year.

      The front-end developers here have done an outstanding job of integrating XM players into their systems. You wont find any that have recorders because of the piracy issues. If you just can't live without a recorder, I recommend Loop Recorder Pro which allows you to record anything that your computer plays thru its speaker. At one time I had a button programmed on my FM,XM, and TV skin that ran it - one touch recording. But if you want to have timed recording schedules, be able to record a whole song even after listerning to most of it already, and XM song tracking - PCR Commander is what you'll want to find.

      I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert on anything, but Believe me in a carPC environment none of these is very useful. And as many others have, you'll find when you decide on a front-end, its player will be the one you use most often. The others I use every blue moon on my desktop - just because XtremPCR is pretty, and PCR Commander has a scheduling function that I can set and forget.

      Good Luck

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      • #4
        RIAA puts their foot down and tripped the fat man again :-/

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        • #5
          Replay Radio

          An even easier way to record XM is to use Replay Radio. Replay Radio 6.0 records XM Online, and also supports devices like the XM PCR or any of the TimeTrax compatible stuff.

          It works great!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by applian
            An even easier way to record XM is to use Replay Radio. Replay Radio 6.0 records XM Online, and also supports devices like the XM PCR or any of the TimeTrax compatible stuff.

            It works great!
            XM Online is only broadcasted at 64kb/s max though..
            Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

            Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

            First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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