All I wanted was to wake up to Howard Stern again. Alas, it was not to be. Sirius sucks. This TTR1 radio sucks. The combination is a whole new level of suck. This will be a rant in two parts.
Part 1: The hardware sucks
The TTR1 is apparently made by Audiovox, although this is not made apparent by the Sirius people. Probably because Audiovox is not exactly the first name in quality electronics.
You cannot operate this thing with one hand. It is not heavy enough to stay in place while you push the buttons on the front of it, so it slowly inches away from you as you attempt to use it, unless you hold it in place.
But really, my biggest complaint is that the power button does not work. Normally I might assume this was just a defective unit, and perhaps it is, but allow me to further explain. The power button actually does work with something like a 1% success rate. About 1 out of every 100 presses will actually affect the machine. These successes are not uniformly distributed. Indeed, the button may work with very good success for a time, and then become utterly useless for an even longer time. This is rather irritating.
Part 2: The service sucks
I took the reliability of terrestrial radio entirely for granted. It’s always there, even if the content is utter crap. Not so with Sirius, especially this internet-radio flavor.
Often, instead of being awoken by Howard as expected, I am awakened by the buzzer alarm. This is the failsafe, the fallback, when the TTR1 cannot successfully acquire the Sirius radio stream. What? There’s a backup plan?
(If I take a deep breath and really think about it, I am sort of amazed that the Audiovox people had to foresight to include this feature. It would have been more consistent with their craptastic design just to allow me to oversleep indefinintely. But I digress…)
The problem with Internet radio is reliability. Mark my words, if you could see Sirius’s traffic stats over time, they would have these giant network spikes every hour on the hour in the morning. They apparently do not have enough network resources to service that peak demand.
It is times like this when I really wish Apple could just make every-damn-thing.