Pioneer has teamed with XM to create the portable XMp3. The Music Manager will hold up to 100 hours of XM programming from their satellite radio service. Manage it with software, record up to 5 channels simultaneously, check out highlights, and preset channels. Add a microSD card and store MP3 or WMA files. You can also bookmark and purchase tunes from online music services. Users will also like the feature that automatically buffers the most recent half hour for easy replay. The XMp3 weighs only 3.1 oz. and is available for $249.99 after instant $30.00 rebate.
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It’s rare that things like this get covered in print before they do online, but XM‘s upcoming XMp3 device is one of the exceptions. Appearing in the latest issue of Popular Science, the XMp3 has yet to receive an official release date or price. What we do know is that it can decode, and record, up to five XM stations at one time. That’s kind of cool, we guess, although radio recording isn’t really our thing (although, some of that O&A stuff can get pretty hilarious.) Once we know more, you’ll know more. For now, just know it’s on its way.
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