Kick off your holiday season with 10 holiday-themed business channels from SiriusXM Business!
This year’s holiday channel lineup of seasonal music offers business clients a variety of traditional holiday songs, classic Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music and Hanukkah music. The fun begins on November 1st when SiriusXM begins broadcasting Holiday Traditions, Holly, and Holiday Pops. Check below to see when your favorite holiday music radio stations will hit the airways!
New this year is the SiriusXM exclusive Hallmark Channel Radio, featuring timeless Christmas music and carols — a perfect way to celebrate the wonder of this festive time of year.
Holly Traditions will feature holiday recordings from the ‘40s through the ‘60s by artists such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Ray Conniff and Nat “King” Cole. (November 1 – December 26)
Holly will feature contemporary holiday hits featuring songs by Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Rod Stewart,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chicago, Josh Groban, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Idina Menzel, and more. (November 1 – December 28)
New Years Nation is custom-created to serve as the ultimate soundtrack to New Year’s Eve parties around the country. The channel will feature the biggest, upbeat party hits from genres across SiriusXM’s music platform. (December 28 – January 2)
Holiday Pops will feature classical Christmas carols and holiday favorites performed by the greatest classical artists of all-time, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Luciano Pavarotti, New York Philharmonic, King’s College Choir, Boston Pops and Thomas Hampson. (782: November 1 – December 24, 76: December 24 – December 26)
Radio Hanukkah will feature an extensive collection of Hanukkah-themed music, including contemporary, traditional and children’s selections as well as daily reflections and prayers related to the holiday. (December 1 – December 11)
Acoustic Christmas will feature classics and even some new alternative Christmas music from well-known singer-songwriters and bands like Jack Johnson, George Ezra, Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Jacob Whitesides, The Lumineers, Jewel, Jason Mraz & many more! (779: November 1 – December 14, 14 Satellite: December 14 – December 26)
Holiday Soul will feature Classic soul and Motown holiday music from the ‘60sand ‘70s, along with R&B holiday music from the ‘80s and early ‘90s, including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dionne Warwick, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton. (777: November 1 – December 3, 49 Satellite: December 3 – December 26)
Country Christmas will feature a wide-ranging assortment of country Christmas music, including Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum. (778: November 1 – December 3, 58: December 3 – December 26)
Christmas Spirit will feature Christmas music and holiday favorites exclusively from contemporary Christian artists. Here, the reason for the season is not just remembered, He’s celebrated in song, commercial free! (785: November 1 – December 21, 63 Satellite: December 21 – December 26)
Hallmark Channel Radio is a new channel featuring timeless Christmas music and carols — a perfect way to celebrate the wonder of this festive time of year. It’s the songs you love, brought to you by your favorite Hallmark Channel stars who will share their own favorite carols and traditions, and take you behind the scenes of their new movies! (November 1 @ 12PM ET – December 31)
Mixing creepy sound effects, music and atmosphere, SCREAM Radio (Ch. 173 – The Verge) provides the perfect Halloween background music, setting a festive tone for that spooky “Haunted House” vibe in your office or business. The Halloween spooky music channel is an annual tradition for Halloween enthusiasts across the SiriusXM nation.
The fun debuts at Noon (Eastern Time) on October 31st via SiriusXM Ch. 173 (The Verge) on both business satellite and business streaming. Tune in for our selection of creepy background music!
Product Name: SiriusXM Music for Business Internet Player Model: GDI-SXBR1 Manufacturer: Grace Digital Review Date: January 7, 2015 MSRP: $199
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 sound system 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 about business sound systems to ourselves, we thought we’d take a moment to share our experiences with the Grace Digital Internet Radio. 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.
(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.
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. With the included use of network monitoring tools employees will be able to review the data coming to and from the device as well, increasing security, decreasing unwanted surprises, as well as much more.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Music is a great fit for offices of all kinds. Music works to calm waiting guests, motivate employees, and entertain customers. When workers are frantically trying to bind all their files using a binding machine from Office Monster, a touch of music can destress the situation inexplicitly. Over the years we’ve implemented background music in thousands of offices with great success. Don’t forget though that playing music will increase your energy bills due to the amount of electricity used. However, you can easily find a cheaper business energy provider, you can find out more here.
Here are a few of the key strategic uses for background office music.
Use Music for Sound Masking
Offices use sound masking when they play background music for the purpose of creating privacy. Sound masking is most important when private information is being exchanged verbally, like would be the case in a bank, tax office, or in a doctor’s exam room. Using background music system for business to cover private conversation in office environments is a key strategic use. It can also be used to cover distracting external sounds like cleaners vacuuming, companies like Green Facilities provide useful cleaning services that will sometimes use sound producing equipment that could disrupt the focus of those who are working. This is where music comes in. Customers Waiting? Turn up the Music.
Does your office have a waiting room? Research shows that customers will wait longer and more patiently when they can hear the background music. When you have clients that wait, make sure they can hear the business music system while in the waiting area. The more they can hear the office music systems, the more willing they will be to wait for their name to be called. Music Repetition. Bad for Guests.
Is that song on again? Research shows that music repetition in office background music causes employees to experience negative emotions, even in cases where the employees like the songs being played. If you are looping an iPod playlist for music at work, you might be annoying your employees. Office music systems are a great way to keep your staff motivated, quell impatient customers, and add an element of privacy to your office environment. Commercial music systems designed to provide background music for office environments will help keep you in line with all best practices. Give these top tips for office music solutions a try and let us know how they work! About the Author
Dr. Ryan Santangelo is Co-Founder and President of Dynamic Media, the nation’s leading provider of background music services, music on hold, and message on hold for business. With over 10 years of leadership in the business music space, Dynamic Media serves over 20,000 business clients across the United States and in 12 countries around the world. With award-winning service and a customer-drive culture, Dynamic Media is one of the fastest growing full-service business music providers in the country.
Are you looking to buy a background music system for your business? The task can be a breeze with some basic information on the varying systems that support music for business.
The most important thing to know are the positives and negatives of each of the four different types of background music systems, which include (1) PC-based systems, (2) internet streaming systems, (3) satellite streaming systems, and (4) store-and-forward systems. Some establishments may use a soundcloud downloader, this allows them to be reassured that the internet won’t let them down while the music is playing. The one that is right for your business depends on what you need out of your music for business.
Let’s take a moment to cut through the confusion with a quick primer on each type of background music platform. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each in-store music system to help you make the right decision for your business music. Here we go!
(1) PC-Based Systems
PC systems are the most basic type of commercial audio system, and are also the least popular. These background music for business systems use a computer to stream music from the internet by way of a program called a PC Player. Sometimes people like to add some great GRAHAM SLEE HIFI SYSTEM COMPONENTS to improve the audio quality but that is mainly for the audiophiles among us. Users must download the PC player and then connect the computer to your office background music system.
(+) No hardware cost (if you have a PC)
(+) Fast and easy to implement. Takes only a few minutes to get started.
(-) Be careful, not all services are licensed. Comcast, Spotify, iTunes, and regular Pandora are not legal to play in your business.
(-) PC music will occupy part of your computer processor all day. If your computer hiccups, so will your music.
(-) Known as the LEAST reliable of all commercial music platforms
(-) We find that most businesses do not have a computer to dedicate to this option
(2) Internet Streaming Systems
Streaming music over the internet is quickly becoming the most popular way for businesses to deliver licensed music to their guests. Streaming music systems are relatively inexpensive, easy to set up, and have lots of options.
These business music solutions use a dedicated piece of hardware called an Internet Streaming Player. The Streaming Player connects to a commercial music service over the internet using a high-bandwidth connection like cable or DSL. The music streams through the Streaming Player to your sound system. Most Streaming Players offer a variety of channels that can be changed on the player itself, or through a web-based interface. The web interfaces are often quite robust allowing users to select, schedule, and manage their music from their PC or mobile device.
(+) Low cost equipment
(+) Easy to install
(+) Lots of content and music variety
(+) Centralized management through website interface. Great for managers with multiple locations to manage.
(-) Requires high-bandwidth internet connection (visit EATEL website to learn more about getting high speed internet installed in your house)
(-) WiFi connection may not always be reliable. It’s best to use a wired connection.
(-) As with any internet streaming service, the music stream is subject to reliability of internet connection
(3) Satellite Streaming Systems (think SiriusXM)
Satellite-based streaming systems deliver licensed music through a satellite receiver. The receiver is connected to a special-purpose antenna mounted to the exterior of the building. Once the antenna is installed and properly adjusted, the satellite content streams directly to the satellite receiver.
(+) No Internet connection required. The receiver communicates directly with the satellite.
(+) Excellent programming and great variety. If you like SiriusXM in your car, you will probably like the service in your business.
(+) The service is quite reliable and the antenna works very well, even in bad weather.
(-) There is an equipment cost, although it is moderate.
(-) The antenna needs to be mounted outside to get reliable service. A technician might be required for some installations.
(4) Store and Forward Music Systems
Store and Forward in-store music systems play music from a hard drive located inside a physical music player (most are shaped like a DVD player). They are called “store and forward” systems because they store music locally on a hard drive and then forward the music to the audio system.
These systems are generally loaded with four or five selected playlists (or “channels”) prior to being shipped to your location. The playlists are updated on a monthly basis via a satellite connection, the internet, or via a physical compact disc. Store and Forward systems are usually the most expensive hardware platforms due to the need for large hard drives to store the music for playback.
(+) Most flexible from a music perspective. In most cases you can select from hundreds of playlists.
(+) Song-by-song custom playlists are available for high-end applications
(+) The hardware is designed to integrate overhead messaging or play music/messaging through your phone system
(+) Very easy to install. Most systems are plug and play.
(-) High equipment cost
(-) Highest monthly service cost
Choosing a Service
Choosing a background music service can be overwhelming, in part because there are so many options. Dynamic Media represents all of the major business music streaming services and has done so for years. Our team of business music solutions experts will explain the options and help you get the service that’s best for your business. Call our team to get started at 1-800-684-7050 or CLICK HERE to request a contact from a business music system expert.
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Santangelo is Co-Founder and President of Dynamic Media, the nation’s leading provider of background radio services, music on hold, and message on hold for business. With over 10 years of leadership in the business music space, Dynamic Media serves over 20,000 business clients across the United States and in 12 countries around the world. With award-winning service and a customer-drive culture, Dynamic Media is one of the fastest growing full-service business music providers in the country.
At Dynamic Media, we resell SiriusXM Music for Business on a national level and have been doing so for many years. Many of our clients are SiriusXM consumer subscribers and want to use SiriusXM in their businesses. When we explain that the cost of the business subscription is higher than the consumer subscription, they rightfully ask why. The answer: Licensing.
It works like this …
Music that is played on the premises of a business for the enjoyment of patrons and others is deemed a “public performance” by the music artist, for which a royalty fee must be paid to performance rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC.
Thus, if you are playing a music mix from your iPod or computer, you are probably breaking the law. To play music legally, you can either contract directly with each of the licensing organizations, or, as is more common in practice, purchase a commercial music service that manages the royalty payments as part of a monthly subscription fee. Subscribing with a commercial background music service is always less expensive than contracting directly with the licensing agencies.
Our licensed music for business subscriptions include all of the licensing and music in a single monthly fee. In addition to having the music playlists managed and kept current by professional music directors, but you’ll always know your music legal to play in your business.
The licensing agencies take music for business use seriously. If you have questions about whether your business music is properly licensed, call our team of background music services professionals at 800-684-7050.
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Santangelo is Co-Founder and President of Dynamic Media, the nation’s leading provider of background music, music on hold, and message on hold for business. With over 10 years of leadership in the business music space, Dynamic Media serves over 20,000 business clients across the United States and in 12 countries around the world. With award-winning service and a customer-drive culture, Dynamic Media is one of the fastest growing full-service providers for office music licensing subscriptions in the country.
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