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Sirius XM unveils XM Snap

Posted in XM by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2010

The XM Snap accessory has endured FCC testing and has now been officially revealed, no worse for wear. Sadly, it will not support Android devices but simply be an in-car satellite radio receiver that’s much easier to install than a head end unit. The device plugs into your vehicle’s power outlet and includes a stem that will hold up the control panel.

The panel includes a rotary knob for changing channels, some preset keys and arrows and a high-contrast display. The bundle also includes a magnetic mount antenna for attaching to your roof, hood or trunk, though it is wired. There’s also an auxiliary input cable for plugging into a vehicle’s aux-in jack.

Sirius XM SkyDock converts your iPhone into a Satellite Radio

Posted in Satellite Radio by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2009

Sirius XM SkyDock converts your iPhone into a Satellite RadioSirius XM’s SkyDock isn’t super sexy. It isn’t elegant. It is what it is, a standalone satellite radio receiver with an iPod connector that will let you listen to space radio on your iPhone or iPod Touch. And that’s fine with us because it’s the only way to do so.

The dock uses iPhone OS 3.0′s new hardware support and plugs into your car’s DC jack for power and support. This dock will cost you $120, plus the required subscription to Sirius XM radio. A free companion app sets your iPhone up as a radio controller. Pretty cool.

Sirius XM developing an iPhone app

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Liberty Media rescues Sirius XMSirius XM recently just barely avoided bankruptcy and so they are on the hunt for profits once more and hoping to regain interest from consumers. CFO David Frear has confirmed that the company is developing an iPhone and iPod touch app.

This could get interesting. We will have to see how pricing works with this app. Perhaps users can get an iPhone subscription only. Or maybe it will be a part of standard subscriptions. The app should launch in the second quarter of the year.

Sirius XM preparing to file for bankruptcy

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

Sirius XM preparing to file for bankruptcySirius XM is preparing to file for bankruptcy and it could happen within days, according to the New York Times. A bankruptcy would make Sirius XM one of the largest casualties of the economy. It would be the second-largest Chapter 11 filing so far this year.

The article speculates that the move might be designed to pressure Dish Network and EchoStar owner Charles Ergen into making an offer. According to the Wall Street Journal, he offered to purchase the satellite radio group last year, but was brushed off. Anyway, he apparently wants to try again.

Sirius XM rolls out MiRGE satellite radio

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

Sirius XM rolls out MiRGE satellite radioSirius XM has merged some of its channels and at CES they’ve rolled out their very first interoperable satellite radio: the MiRGE (Get it?, Sirius XM…Merge). It will let you switch between Sirius and XM signals easily and the radio will also display three other channels as you view your current channel.

You’ll even be able to pause and rewind up to 60 minutes of live programming. XM Sirius has also rolled out a new “Sirius Everything plus XM Everything” package for the radio, which will cost you $19.99 a month. Apparently it gives you everything you’d get when you subscribe to the two separate services.

XM’s XMp3 gives you multi-station recording

Posted in XM by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2008

XM’s XMp3 gives you multi-station recordingXM’s XMp3 portable radio has been leaked along with one of its key features, thanks to a new Popular Science issue that accidentally revealed the device before showtime. The size has been reduced compared to the the Pioneer Inno and other previous handheld satellite radios, but the big news so far is that the XMp3 has the option of capturing five separate channels and downloading a song from each at the same time. The user could listen to a live event without missing broadcasts on other stations. Details are scarce, but we know it has a color display of unknown resolution and a dock. We’re guessing it also sports typical mp3 storage as well. No pricing info yet or launch date, but expect it by year’s end.

Garmin develops custom GPS unit for Harley-Davidson

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on August 5th, 2008

Garmin Road Tech zūmo

Born to Be Wild song tunes running around inside your head aside, do you want some type of genuine motor accessory from Harley-Davidson to customize your ride a little more? How about a special version of a GPS unit from Garmin. That’s the idea for the new Garmin Road Tech zūmo, which currently has no pricing information.

The Garmin Road Tech zūmo is a customized version of the GPS company’s motorcycle specific GPS device. It has, among its more customized features, a points of interest directory including Harley-Davidson dealerships, a custom handbar mount and the ability to download to the GPS unit “great rides” from the Harley-Davidson Web site.