How to Make an MP3 Satellite Radio Recording

MP3 satellite radio has changed the way we listen to music. There are iPods and iTunes and then there is the radio. Internet radio introduced us to the idea of commercial-free radio, so it seemed an inevitable marriage for MP3 technology and satellite radio technology.

Now, you may be wondering how to get the most out of your various devices. For example, what if there's a radio program you really like and want to record? Or what if there's a show you really want to listen to but it's playing at 3am and you have to work the next morning? Time Trax software and hardware brings the befuddled music lover the perfect solution!

You can of course purchase MP3 satellite radios directly from Sirius Radio or XM Radio that can capture streaming radio and save it onto your portable radio for later listening. For instance, XM's Samsung Nexus, the Sirius S50 or the Dell DJ MP3 satellite radio will store up to 50 hours of time-shifted content and record your favorite shows. However, the downside is that the contents are only available on that particular device. While you can plug your satellite radio into your car, home stereo or in some cases your computer, you will not be able to effectively transfer individual songs or hours of broadcast back to your computer.

Time Trax primarily targets people with busy schedules who may not be able to catch all their favorite programs. It also helps people who may want to save and refer back to exclusive content - like interviews, concerts or comedy routines. A third target group are those individuals who've already paid several hundred dollars for their iPods and want radio broadcast programming they can convert onto their devices, without purchasing one of Sirius or XM's MP3 satellite radio devices.

What will you need to get started with Time Trax? First, you'll obviously need your MP3 satellite radio and a subscription to either Sirius or XM, or simply an online satellite radio subscription. If you just want to record satellite radio off the internet and convert it to MP3 format for your iPod, you can choose to download the software for $49. The other option is for people who want to record from their satellite receivers. These Sirius or XM subscribers can purchase the Time Trax Complete package for $169.99, which includes a small adapter, a satellite radio receiver, a USB cable, a stereo adapter cable and an AC power adapter. It's actually quite simple when you really look at the configuration - the USB cable connects from the Time Trax adapter to your computer and the other included cable connects the Time Trax adapter to your Sirius or XM receiver.

Time Trax technology seems to have caught the MP3 satellite radio market off guard. XM Radio, in particular, has expressed interest in shutting down the Time Trax website and operation. Some people in the recording industry believe the ability to record radio programming will hurt the music industry, as a whole, however there's no evidence of this. Has Tivo hurt the television industry? Not really.