UPDATE: Read our in-depth Pioneer Inno review for more information on this incredible unit.
The new Pioneer Inno XM2go, the sister to the Samsung Helix XM2go, was also just unveiled today at CES. Like the Helix, the Pioneer Inno combines both live XM Satellite Radio content while on-the-go with your MP3/WMA music collection.
Larry Rougas, vice president of marketing and product planning for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics says it perfectly with: "In the past, the consumer has been able to do one of two things: listen to satellite radio or listen to music downloaded from their own collection. Now, the consumer can have their personal favorites and also be exposed to great new artists through XM programming. Adding the XM functionality to an MP3 player means you're no longer a prisoner to your own playlist."
The Pioneer Inno has flash memory storage for MP3/WMA files and XM content. The Inno can store up to 50 hours of XM programming (Orbitcast estimation: 50 hours of satellite radio content = 1Gb of storage). At only 4.5 ounces and 3.7 H" x 2.2 W" x 0.6 D," the Inno is extremely light and easy to take along anywhere.
The Pioneer Inno uses a new, state-of-the-art satellite/terrestrial internal antenna for live reception of XM Satellite Radio. It has a full-color, 180 X 180 pixels TFT display and a user-friendly interface for saving and deleting content. Users can build personal playlists using a mix of XM content and tracks from their own digital music collection. The unit has a memory buffer to make it easy to store an entire track heard in XM, even if the user starts storing it in the middle of a song.
Inno also has a built-in, wireless FM transmitter that beams XM to any FM radio. It offers a personal stock quotes ticker and sport score ticker, a category list for saving and playing favorite channels, and the popular TuneSelect feature, which tells the listener a favorite artist or song whenever it is played on any XM channel.
Inno comes with headphones and all of the accessories needed for portable and home use. Optional accessories sold separately include a vehicle kit, boom boxes, and mini audio systems.
The Pioneer Inno XM2go portable satellite radio/mp3 player will MSRP at $399.99 and
will arrive at retailers in the first quarter of 2006.
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