October 30, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
Sirius XM has thrown a twist into taking satellite radio on the go with Pioneer’s XMp3 player.
Well, it’s actually more like XM. Because even though the company is now one giant entity, the announcement says that the new portable player only works with XM programming, with the option to get the Best of Sirius package. In other words, Sirius subscribers probably won’t want to spend the $280.
However, they might. After all, it doesn’t just allow for portable listening, but it also records—up to five channels at once. It stores 75 hours of programming, and another 30 in an “auto-record” feature for your five favorite channels. So you can keep the classic rock without missing a minute of Oprah & Friends. It also acts like a DVR, storing up to 30 minutes of current live programming, which means you can re-rock out to the same songs, if that’s a necessity.
There’s no word on actual sound quality, which would be the bigger issue. Still, it has plenty of other features including pause, replay, and a micro-SD card slot for additional storage. The unit also comes with XM2go Music Manager software, which should help organize all of that content.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.