If you are at all familiar with XM or Sirius, the two offerings of satellite radio, you know how much of a joy it can be to listen to them. Though you have to pay a monthly fee for access, you get crystal clear stereo sound, a wide variety of commercial free music stations, many of your favorite news/sports options and a much wider reception range than regular radio.
A trend in the last few years has been for XM and Sirius technology to be bundled into devices with look and act like MP3 players. The ability to enjoy satellite radio on the go is a must for fans. Check out some top portable picks below.
The Pioneer inno 2 is the second generation of a popular portable XM satellite radio player. With it you can listen to, and record from, all of XM's various channels. You can then listen to these recordings in places where satellite reception is not possible, such as an airplane at 35,000 feet. You can also "tag" songs you hear and like so that you can later purchase them online to permanently add to your digital music collection.
The inno 2 also lets you enjoy your personal MP3 or WMA music collection. You can mix and match this digital music with what you've recorded off of XM, creating your own playlists which let you enjoy all of your music or talk content together. Storage is good for up to 50 hours of XM content.
The Sirius Stiletto 2 is designed to let you enjoy Sirius satellite radio on the go, be it live or recorded. With it you can schedule and record up to 100 hours of Sirius programming, be it music, talk or sports. As an added bonus, in addition to satellite listening, you can also enjoy Sirius programming through this device if you are in range of a wireless Internet network.
The Stiletto 2, like similar devices, lets you also enjoy your personal MP3 music. It also has some other great bells and whistles, including tagging and later purchasing favorite tunes, pausing and later playback of live content and tracking of your favorite sports teams through a ticker on the player's display screen.
The Delphi SkyFi3 is a little bit different of a portable satellite radio beast in that you must also have a separate kit called the SKYFi3 Wearable Live Kit to make it a truly on the go device. Assuming you have this, you'll find the SkyFi3 a perfectly usable XM device. The SkyFi3, which offers a large viewable screen, will let you record and store up to 10 hours of XM programming in its internal memory for later listening enjoyment. It also will let you pause and replay up to 30 minutes of previous satellite radio programming in case you need to, for example, take a call on your cell phone.
The SkyFi3 can also playback MP3 and WMA music files stored on microSD memory cards and inserted into the player. The display is monochrome.
The Stiletto 100, while one of Sirius' earlier players, is still a great bargain to be had. It will let you record and store up to 100 hours of your favorite Sirius programming and also let you enjoy listening live to that program via satellite or wireless Internet connectivity. You can also one-touch record up to 10 hours of individual songs as well as tag individual songs for later purchase online.
Other features include a large color display, the ability to track your favorite sports teams and enjoyment of your personal MP3 and WMA digital music files in conjunction with Sirius programming. These music files can be stored in internal memory as well.