New SXM Music for Business Internet channel Guide

SiriusXM Music for Business Expands with 13 New Streaming Channels

Attention SiriusXM Music for Business streaming clients. We have good news!

SiriusXM Music for Business is adding 13 new channels of exclusive SiriusXM content to its streaming business service. Business subscribers will now enjoy an extremely diverse array of commercial-free music spread over 95 channels that are all licensed and legal for business use. To take it even further, SiriusXM has developed a Limited Edition business channel that will play special “pop-up” content, giving businesses access to themed holiday music and live special events.

All SiriusXM streaming business clients will automatically receive the new Sirius music stations beginning August 13, 2015. If you have questions or would like to learn more about SiriusXM music for your business, contact Dynamic Media at 1-800-684-7050.

Here are all the details on the new channel expansion!

  • SiriusXM will be launching its expanded Music for Business catalog on August 13, 2015.
  • The expansion applies to business streaming customers only. This does not apply to consumer accounts, nor does it apply to business satellite customers.
  • The new SiriusXM channel lineup will automatically appear on your radio. All you have to do is tune in and enjoy!
  • The expansion includes:
    • 13 new music channels
    • A Limited Edition business channel to support pop-up content for holidays and special events
    • 9 channels moved to new channel numbers
    • 3 channels removed

New Channels
Here is the Sirius radio channel lineup! The 13 new SiriusXM music channels designed to round out your business music experience. The new streaming music channels were selected and programmed based on feedback from business subscribers just like you!

Channel Channel Name Description Genre
4 Pitbull’s Globalization Rhythmic Hits from Around the Globe Global Rhythms
13 Velvet Pop – Today’s Pop Vocalists Pop
18 Limited Edition Special Content for Holidays and Occasions Various
47 SiriusXM Fly Hip-Hop & R&B from the ‘90s & 2000s R&B
162 CBC Radio 3 Canadian Indie Music First Canadian Indie
163 Ici Musique Chansons Canadian – SiriusXM’s “Chansons” Music Channel Indie
166 Attitude Franco Canadian – The New Rock Alternative Canadian Rock
171 Ici
FrancoCountry
Francophone & Canadian Country-Folk Canadian,Country/Folk
173 The
Verge
Canadian – New & Emerging Indie/Alternative Canadian, Indie/Alternative
300 Poptropolis Decades,of Pop Music Pop
314 SiriusXM Turbo Hard Rock from the 90’s & Early 2K Rock
762 Iceberg Canadian – The New Rock Alternative Rock
763 Attitude Franco Canadian – Rock Alternative Rock

Channels that Moved
To keep things organized and intuitive, SiriusXM moved some existing channels to new channel numbers. See the chart below for a list of everything that has moved. Time to reset the presets!

Old Channel New Channel Channel Name Genre
31 14 Coffeehouse Pop
46 43 Backspin Hip-hop
47 46 The Heat R&B
150 69 Caliente Latino
4 73 40s Old Name: 40s on 4
New Name: Jazz/Standards
148 305 Aguila Latino
523 306 Caricia Latino
500 307 Latin Pop Hits Latin
69 751 Escape R&B

Channels No Longer Available
SiriusXM removed three channels. If you were affected by this, tune into our Recommended Alternative Channel to hear content similar to the channel that was removed.

Old Channel Channel Name Genre Recommended Alternative Channel
149 La Mezcla Latino Try Caliente on Channel 69
500 Latin Pop Hits Latino Try Caliente on Channel 69
702 Vocal Pop Pop Try Poptropolis on Channel 300

This expansion marks another move by SiriusXM to bring the best streaming content to businesses across North America. If you are interested about SiriusXM for your business, or have questions about the service, please contact Dynamic Media at 1-800-684-7050.

Ryan Santangelo Ph.D.
President

SiriusXM Business Internet Radio Buttons and Controls

Grace Digital GDI-SXBR1

Buttons and Controls

1. Channel Presets P1-P5
Press and hold to save channels as presets; press to access presets
2. Display Screen LCD display screen
3. Back Button Press to return to the previous screen; press and hold to return to the Main Screen
4. Speaker Button Press in/out to turn the internal speaker on/off
5. Power Button Press to turn the Radio on or off
6. Scroll knob Turn the knob to scroll through menu items. Press to select a menu item
7. Built-in Speaker Speaker to monitor the audio playing
8. Impedance Switch Selects the appropriate impedance: 8 ohm is the default for most audio devices and phone systems. IP based phone systems may require the 600 ohm setting
9. AUX In Used to connect the Radio to your phone system
10. Stereo Out (L)(R) Used to connect the Radio to your stereo audio system
11. Mono Out Used to connect the Radio to your phone system
12. LAN Connector for a wired Ethernet (Internet) connection
13. DC 5V Power connector for the supplied Power Adapter (5 volts)
14. Antenna Connector Connector for the wireless network antenna
small business music

Top 7 Reasons: Why SiriusXM Background Music is Best for Your Small Business

Small-to-Medium Sized Business (SMB) owners often struggle with finding a business music provider that can deliver the right music, in the right way, at a cost that doesn’t break the bank.

SMBs know that “the right” background music will improve how customers feel about their business, affect how much money their customers will spend, and influence how often they return. The best way to achieve these goals is to create custom background music for businesses, but doing so is often expensive and difficult.

With custom background music for businesses often out of reach for the standard SMB, many business owners attack the music problem by raiding their MP3 library and trying to build their own playlists, playing regular FM radio, or by using unlicensed consumer music services like Spotify. It doesn’t take long before the MP3 playlists get stale and repetitive. The constant stream of competitor commercials and senseless chatter on FM radio turns that option cold quickly, and consumer services will often earn an SMB a threatening letter from the music licensing police.
Top Reasons to Get SiriusXM Music for Business for your SMB

In a time where most of the traditional background music providers have shifted their focus to enterprise customers, SiriusXM has created specialized products and music channels designed for the SMB customer. Here are a few reasons why SiriusXM works so well in the small-to-medium sized business.

1 – Dedicated Business Channels
SiriusXM’s Internet Music for Business service has over 30 Sirius music stations programmed specifically for business. These channels are programmed to include only clean, business-friendly content. There are no station identifications or interruptions, which means business owners will enjoy an unlimited stream of music without interruption.

2 – Dedicated Business Equipment
SiriusXM hardware platform is the best value in the industry. The SiriusXM Business Internet player is a dedicated business-grade music platform designed to work in the SMB space. The player is packed with enterprise features like centralized management, music scheduling, and remote security. Take a look at our SiriusXM Internet Business player product review for more information.

3 – Low Cost Service
SMB owners are always interested in making smart financial decisions. At under $30 per month, SiriusXM is the lowest priced service option in the music for business category, a sure-fire way to make business owners happy.

4 – A Brand Everyone Knows and Trusts
With over 27 million subscribers, SiriusXM is the world’s most popular paid music service. Customers are always more inclined to connect with music that is familiar to them. With roughly one-in-twelve Americans currently subscribing to the SiriusXM service, it’s a safe bet that customers will recognize and appreciate the SiriusXM music they hear as they patronize the SMB.

5 – SiriusXM is a Big Brand that is Financially Healthy
How big is SiriusXM in the background music space? In terms of scale, SiriusXM is nearly 10 times as large as all of the companies in the background music industry combined. With billions in annual revenue, SiriusXM is financially healthy and provides a safe option for any SMBs background music.

6 – The Best Music Programmers
SiriusXM attracts, develops, and retains the best music programmers in the world. The same programming talent responsible for entertaining 27 million subscribers is the same programming talent responsible for the ambient music played to your customers. That’s a lot of programming talent for under $30 per month.

7 – Licensed and Legal for Use in Business
SiriusXM Music for Business is licensed and legal for use in business. Custom iPod playlists and consumer services like Spotify are not licensed for public performance use. For one low monthly price, you will receive the SiriusXM music and all the licensing you need to keep your SMB clear of the performance rights organizations.

SiriusXM Music for Business is an excellent option for the SMB. The background music for business service is available through Dynamic Media, SiriusXM’s largest authorized national reseller. Contact Dynamic Media at 1-800-684-7050 for more information on business music services or to sign up. Click here to request a Free Quote.


ABOUT DYNAMIC MEDIA
Dynamic Media is a national authorized reseller for SiriusXM Music for Business and is one of the fastest-growing music for business providers in the country. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Dynamic Media provides background music for business, DirecTV for business, customized on-hold and in-store messaging services and commercial audio systems.

Grace Digital Player

Product Review: SiriusXM Business Internet Radio – Grace Digital GDI-SXBR1

Product Name:   SiriusXM Music for Business Internet Player
Model:   GDI-SXBR1
Manufacturer:   Grace Digital
Review Date:   January 7, 2015
MSRP:   $199

 

Background

Since SiriusXM launched their Internet Music for Business Service back in 2013, businesses around the country have been signing up in droves. Dumpsters around the country have literally been filling up with dusty Muzak players as businesses have moved to the new service. The popularity of SiriusXM’s new streaming business has even surprised, well, SiriusXM.

The formula for success has been pretty simple. SiriusXM took 85 of the most popular channels in the free world and started streaming them to restaurants, retail shops, and other businesses. 30 channels were scrubbed clean of DJ chatter and station IDs and programmed with business-friendly content. SiriusXM then teamed up with Grace Digital to build a commercial-grade streaming player that is long on features and short on price.

The end product: (1) a streaming business music service with vastly more variety than anything in the market priced below the competition at $29 per month, and (2) a commercial-grade streaming digital music player with advanced feature sets priced at a third of the competition at $199.

 

SiriusXM Business Internet Radio Product Review – Model GDI-SXBR1

Let’s talk hardware. As SiriusXM’s largest commercial reseller, we’ve have the chance to do some long-term testing with thousands of the new SiriusXM GDI-SXBR1 Business Internet Radios over the past year or so. Instead of keeping all this knowledge to ourselves, we thought we’d take a moment to share our experiences with this new device. Here is what we found …

 

What We Liked

(1)   The SiriusXM Radio Portal
With the purchase of your GDI-SXBR1 and SiriusXM Business Internet subscription, you get access to the SiriusXM Radio Management Portal. The portal, which is accessed over the web, has features usually reserved for only the highest of high-end business music services. These features include advanced management functions like central control, daypart scheduling, and remote monitoring. Access to the portal is free with your SiriusXM Business Internet Subscription. Here is a quick description of some of the most common features:

Central Control – Manage and control one radio (or hundreds of radios) from a single web interface. Perfect for businesses with multiple sites that want to keep all their facilities singing to the same tune.
Scheduling – Access the portal to set daypart schedules in which you can program the radio to automatically change channels, volume, and even turn on and off based on time and day settings.
Monitoring – At a glance you can check to see if your radios are online and what channel they are playing.

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(2)   No Computer Required
No computer is required to set up and manage the GDI-SXBR1. All the basic user functions, from entering your username and password to selecting channels can be done using the controls on the face of the radio. You’ll of course need a computer to access the web portal, but this is only necessary if you’re interested in the advanced features described above.

(3)   Security
The GDI-SXBR1 has an optional four-digit security code that can be used to lock out the physical radio controls. This is a great feature for managers that want to block employee access to unwanted channels and radio features.

(4)   Easy Set Up
The internet music player is easy to set up. Period. We had the player up and running in just a few minutes. The player saw our WIFI network on startup and connected as soon as we entered our network password. We then entered our user name and password and the player immediately connected to the SiriusXM internet radio player stream. The setup process took less than five minutes and was easy enough for anyone to do.

Networks with firewalls and other advanced security measures may require a little help from the IT department. The internet music player uses standard internet protocols, so setup should be fairly easy even on large corporate networks.

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(5)   Dual Outputs
The GDI-SXBR1 has dual RCA outputs, which are standard enough to connect to any commercial audio system. The dual outputs are nice because they allow you to play the music as background music in your business and also connect to your phone system to play for callers waiting on hold. With the SiriusXM Music for Business subscription, you can add the on-hold music at no additional charge.

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(6)   Large Buffer
The quality of your internet music is only as good as your internet connection … except when you have a massive buffer in place. The GDI-SXBR1 has a massive buffer, three minutes exactly, which helps to keep your music playing during periods of low network bandwidth or high network congestion.

(7)   No Timeouts
Have you ever had your Pandora stop playing and ask, “Are you still there?” This is known as a timeout. Timeouts are no big deal when your radio is in your home, but timeouts are a nuisance when they stop the music in your business. As a truly commercial unit, the GDI-SXMBR1 never times out and continues to play unlimited streaming music, whether you are listening or not.

(8)   Strong Outer Case
The look of the GDI-SXBR1 isn’t beautiful by any means, but it sure is functional. The outer case is made of a lightweight aluminum that won’t crack or brake if dropped. The case can be mounted on a wall with a couple screws, placed in a data rack on a shelf, and is small enough to sit atop an amplifier.

 

What We Didn’t Like

(1)   Unimpressive Display
The screen on the internet music player is utterly unimpressive. The screen is a four-line monochrome backlit display that looks like it was designed for a life in a dusty data closet. We do like that the radio displays the channel, artist, song, and time on the screen during song play. The low-end screen looks like an intentional cost cutting measure, and perhaps it was the right decision. Unimpressive, but functional.

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(2)   WiFi – Not Recommended for Business Use
The WiFi on the GDI-SXBR1 is easy to set up and, although it works well, we were able to interrupt the connection by restricting bandwidth and adding congestion on the network. We definitely recommend hard-wiring the internet music player using the LAN port on the back of the box. We found the wired connection to work flawlessly during periods of high interference and congestion.

(3)   User Interface and Controls
The user interface and menu system feels dated and slow. That being said, this isn’t a product that you access every day like your phone. It’s made to be set up and left alone. The user interface is perfect for that type of use.

(4)   No App for Phone
As of now, the GDI-SXBR1 can be controlled either through the controls on the face of the radio or through the web portal. We’d love to see Grace Digital release an app to control the GDI-SXBR1. Hopefully that’s coming down the pipe soon.
Overall, we give the SiriusXM Business Internet Player high marks. We know from over a year of torture testing that product is stable and works extremely well in a business environment. We should point out that the GDI-SXBR1 will only work with the SiriusXM business service. This player will not work with a consumer subscription. If you have a GDI-SXBR1 and need it activated, please contact Dynamic Media at 800-684-7050. We’ll be happy to help you get SiriusXM up and running in your business.

 


ABOUT DYNAMIC MEDIA
Dynamic Media is an authorized SiriusXM Music for business reseller and one of the nation’s fastest-growing music for business providers in the country. Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Dynamic Media provides background music for business, DirecTV for business, customized on-hold and in-store messaging services and commercial audio systems. Dynamic Media offers turnkey solutions that include sales, service, and post-installation support for thousands of subscribers in the U.S. and around the world. Dynamic Media employs a network of partner technicians that reach every zip code in the United States. The company was co-founded by Dr. Ryan Santangelo and his brother Pete Santangelo over ten years ago. Find out more at www.DynamicMediaMusic.com.