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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I think an iPod you could also listen to Sirius or XM would be really cool.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>You can already get those from Sirius and XM, just not with the iPod name on it and for less money ;)<br><br><br><br>Hey I'm an F'n Jerk!®
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<br><br>This is pretty comparable to the iPod - it's called the 'Inno' by PIoneer, and it's an XM portable unit that also plays MP3's. I bought one for about $300 about a year ago, and for the most part I love it. The iPod beats it hands down when it comes to managing & playing downloaded songs, but obviously its big selling point is the satellite reception. XM uses a specialized version of Napster to allow the user to buy songs they've earmarked or physically recorded on the unit, as well as manage any other tracks such as talk radio, news, etc.<br><br>The *one* feature that it kicks the iPod's butt with is the built-in wireless transmitting. The transmitter that came with this particular unit was actually TOO strong, and I can pretty much still get a signal in my car on the radio from down the block. They've since upgraded the firmware and nerfed it (thank you FCC), but I've passed on those upgrades and therefore I still have the ultra-powerful transmitter.<br><br>The technology is there - if Apple doesn't integrate it anytime soon, they're crazy.<br><br>BTW the price of this unit has since gone down to about $180. I'm not sure how popular they'll be once the two satellite companies merge (can only receive one set of programming), but there you go.<br><br>That all said, I don't suspect any satellite integration. There's just too much up in the air with both XM and Sirius to commit to such a technology right now. I also haven't heard any rumors involving Apple in the satellite community either.<br><br><br>
Thanks Pete...er Mr Invisibility...<br><br>I wasn't aware of the latest handhelds.<br><br>It would be great if AAPL could do an iPod and include all those features + the current ones for < $250.<br><br>David (OFI)
soon, by the time christofascies n' fundies are done<br>with separating us educa'on/relig'on/race/eco'no...<br>we won't be able to debate the ipod<br>let alone, ourselves. <br><br>Murdoch is a bastard. You know whoz too!<br><br>[color:green]fyi, aka greatdivide_2275 posts_4u2luv/h8</font color=green>
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