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Oct 6th 2008 9:58PM If you check out the Gizmodo review I have linked above, they more specifically go into the updating of your stations, not downloads of songs. As I understand it, once your type of station preferences are done, you must subscribe to the service in order to save and make on-demand requests for artists or songs. You don't get a choice of songs other than the parameters of your stations.
The article refers to the length of time it takes to update your station preferences to download to the Slacker as opposed to the compuer desktop version. Downloading your own songs is possible too from your computer, but that is not the main purpose of the player. It's supposed to be a mobile jukebox or commercial free radio based upon your music preferences.
Sep 25th 2008 11:35PM Yes, I am asking about updating stations both initially to get started and after that. I read several reviews which stated it took forever. But maybe they were using public hotspots. Since I don't have access to personal WiFi I would be using public WiFi and I guess the connections vary by where you are.
It kind of defeats the purpose to have to depend on a USB connection to update if you're buying a wireless player so that's why I wanted to know.
See the GizModo review and you'll see what I'm talking about:
The other issue with the original player was that there were issues when updating via USB for Vista users but I don't know if that has been resolved.
Sep 23rd 2008 8:38PM Thanks Brandon. I appreciate the feedback. Let me know if the downloads via WiFi is an issue.
Sep 19th 2008 2:37AM Scott:
Thanks for your review.
It's one of about a dozen I've read this week on the G2 since the first Slacker got less than stellar reviews regarding syncing with the PC for Vista users and spotty coverage and very long download times of station preferences with WiFi.
(I've been an XM customer (car radio only) since they began and was interested in their XM INNO2 when it came out. But the reviews were mixed concerning sound quality and spotty coverage.)
So, once again I've read mixed reviews on the G2, in addition to the original Slacker portable, specifically regarding the download times if you do so without using the PC. Also, again, some said the sound quality was not even as good as the INNO, which is questionable, and the other issue is having Wi-Fi acccess only for Wayport or AT&T compatible hot spots.
And most importantly to me is whether the Vista compatibility problems were worked out, which required a Safe Mode reconfiguration of your PC with Vista in order to be able to download the desktop player stations via USB to the original portable Slacker.
Ideally, I had hoped Pandora was going to make good on their promise to realease a portable, but they went with a deal for the iPhone instead.
So, if the G2 software has not made much forward progress, several reviewers said to keep waiting as it's still not ready for prime time.
Since it has the exact features I want, except that if you want to go back and listen to saved artists on demand you still need a subscription, I would appreciate any other feedback you have.
Mar 15th 2008 2:30AM Just for the record, folks, the esteemed Laura Schlessinger holds a PhD in physiology. And she was certified as a marriage counselor. Her education does not reflect her "expertise" in dishing out psychological advice. Her schtick has been than or the moral conscience of society. Her philosophy however is rigged with hypocrisies and the own treatment of her family, i.e. deceased mother and estranged sister.