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XMp3: More details emerge on XM's new portable player

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XM Phoenix
Remember that new XM portable device (codenamed the "Phoenix") we all got excited over? Well, it appears that the car kit for the upcoming satellite radio receiver has hit the FCC, and XM is keeping most of the details a secret.

That is, as far as I can tell, except for the actual name of the device, oh, and the estimated release date.

XM has asked that the schematics, diagrams, user guide, parts list, and internal/external photographs of the "XMp3 Car Kit" be held confidential until the product launch date. So it doesn't take much to deduce that the new device will be named - drumroll please - the XMp3.

Indeed, XM even filed for a trademark for the term "XMP3" in June of this year, stating that it is for "digital audio radio hardware and accessories; satellite radio hardware and accessories." So we can be fairly certain that "XMp3" is in fact the name of the new XM portable satellite radio.

But what about the release date?

Well, it turns out that the new short term confidentiality form now requires a specific release date. And so XM had to spill the beans. The estimated release date is October 5th, 2008. Just in time for the holiday season ramp up.

Note: This isn't the first time that XM has used the XMP3 moniker, it was originally given to the Samsung Nexus.

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I'll buy it, if the price is right, and it's a new "merger" radio.

Ryan, May I suggest the posting of FCC contact information on the right side, as a permanent ...I always misplace mine.

Given the pending merger.. it would make perfect sense to keep photo's and any paperwork regarding this device secret as it could be an XM only or be re programmed to receive both services as well as any printing on the unit itself and it may have been submitted with both sets of information. If this is the case.. then we should know about the merger by the release date of the unit. October 5th... of course I could be reading way too much in to this.

Given the pending merger.. it would make perfect sense to keep photo's and any paperwork regarding this device secret as it could be an XM only or be re programmed to receive both services as well as any printing on the unit itself and it may have been submitted with both sets of information. If this is the case.. then we should know about the merger by the release date of the unit. October 5th... of course I could be reading way too much in to this.


interesting though.. X MP3 interesting

Does it come with an HD chip?
It should!!!

I will be asking the FCC to require the XMP3 to give 20% of the station presets to non-commercial, minority programming. Only fair, yes?

Thanks

Jeff... you're reading too much into it. The merger's pretty much in the FCC's hands now, and they've made it pretty apparent they don't really care anymore.

TVGenius,
Not that I expected an answer from the FCC... more that I expected XM and Sirius to decide to stay apart by then if there was no FCC ruling. But yea, I may be reading in to it too much.

YES! to XMp3
YES! to HD Radio
NO! to Melvin Alan "Mel" Karmazin "merge" scheme making both the XMp3 and the satradio industry worthless.

ewwww, I dont like the name. Hard to say, and "mp3" is a pretty much antiquated term at this point...

THIS IS CRAZY! I mean the Merger HAS to go through so I can get my big pay-out from my... oh wiat... Mel told me not to say anything... Nevermind, forget I said anything about my personal gain with the merg... oh wait, I did it again,.. Sorry, Uncle Mel!

Interesting how this model doesnt have a tag or model name branded on the face, only on the headphones that come with the player.......hint......hint.

Fabian... Maybe it's because it's a photoshop of an Inno (or similar unit)?

There is no display on it, no buttons, and you can see where it's been photoshopped around to "black out" whatever is there.

For comparison:
http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L10781287a.jpg

The last great radio from XM - the best R&D team in satlelite radio. Will make a great radio for those of us educated consumers who don't want SIRI compatibility or their hayseed "designers" messing with the great gear XM designs.

Ron & Fez, Noon to 3.

I wonder if XM realizes that the merger won't be approved and is developing a new radio anyway to stay ahead of SIRIUS.

I wonder if XM realizes that the merger won't be approved and is developing a new radio anyway to stay ahead of SIRIUS.
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IMO both XM and Sirius MUST continue the R&D just in case the merger does not get approval. ... anything that is developed should be relitively easy to change or be designed in to receive both service spectrums in the even the merger is approved. Either way .. the device needed to be developed. The only retail time of the year left and if both XM and Sirius were to ignore it would be a mistake.

"YES! to XMp3
YES! to HD Radio
NO! to Melvin Alan "Mel" Karmazin "merge" scheme making both the XMp3 and the satradio industry worthless."


I'll drink to that!

I am more excited about 7/11. The App Store opens and we shall see if satrad makes an appearance.

When they come out with an XM radio that will sync with i tunes and has a 60 hour battery life and at least 16 GIGs of memory then I will get interested as I'm pretty spoiled on the i pod Touch.

Fabian... Maybe it's because it's a photoshop of an Inno (or similar unit)?

There is no display on it, no buttons, and you can see where it's been photoshopped around to "black out" whatever is there.

For comparison:
http://cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L10781287a.jpg

Posted by: Josh in Chicagoland | July 7, 2008 2:41 PM

Both use guize must be siri fanboyz not to recognize that that is a photo of the back of the best sat receiver ever made, a Pioneer Inno.

Yea you wish it will pick up the siri garbage.