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MacBytes
Sep 5, 2006, 07:44 AM
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Link: Finally, a Sirius IPod Threat (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060905084425)
Description:: The soon-to-be-available Sirius Stiletto 100 is a $350 portable satellite receiver/MP3 player that, among other things, connects via Wi-Fi to the internet so you can listen to Sirius stations without using Sirius's satellites (it went on sale three days ago).

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bwintx
Sep 5, 2006, 09:07 AM
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Category: News and Press Releases
Link: Finally, a Sirius IPod Threat (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060905084425)
Description:: The soon-to-be-available Sirius Stiletto 100 is a $350 portable satellite receiver/MP3 player that, among other things, connects via Wi-Fi to the internet so you can listen to Sirius stations without using Sirius's satellites (it went on sale three days ago).

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Try this one (http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,71711-0.html) instead. The one in the MacBytes code takes you to page2 of that story. (Moderator, I suggest you make that change to manage your traffic analysis as you wish -- i.e., using your PHP to make the link.]

Yvan256
Sep 5, 2006, 09:08 AM
I don't follow the XM/Sirius news... Does this new thing requires a subscription?

mkrishnan
Sep 5, 2006, 10:09 AM
I don't follow the XM/Sirius news... Does this new thing requires a subscription?

Pretty sure it does -- you need a paid account to listen online with a computer (beyond the three day free trial), and you need a paid subscription also to use all the other Sirius satellite-based devices. And the satellite subsciption doesn't include the internet subscription by default, or vice versa.

In addition, Sirius recently announced an "online only" subscription that completely ignores its satellite infrastructure. The company has already trademarked this satellite-free service as SIR, or Sirius Internet Radio.

It's not a bad idea...more power to them. I wonder if they were able to make the satellite / internet switch seamless. I don't completely understand why you need the internet if you have the satellite...and the pricing model seems confusing. But again, if it works for them, good on them. :)

chillywilly
Sep 5, 2006, 11:16 AM
As a Sirius subscriber, this is something I would be interested in. I've seen the pics over on places like Engadget.com and Gizmodo.com.

It's a bit pricey at $350, but it does a lot. I wouldn't replace my iPod with it, but it would be nice to have it when I am outside and not near my car or home to listen to Sirius.

I listen online at work via internet, but having a live radio is the best solution.

slu
Sep 5, 2006, 11:56 AM
I am a Sirius subscriber, and when my 4G iPod dies, I will replace it with this.

Assuming they act as advertised, that is. This is the device I have been waiting for.

chillywilly
Sep 5, 2006, 12:07 PM
If the Stiletto plays AAC files, it might pose a very serious threat to the iPod. Otherwise, I'll stick with my 5G model and save up for my Sirius listening on the go.

slu
Sep 5, 2006, 12:38 PM
I think it is mp3/WMA only and it will be a "Plays for Sure" Device, which makes me think that Mac support will not exist at all.

This will be an issue for me with my entire collection in AAC. I knew I should have ripped to mp3.

Maybe I won't be switching to this after all.:(

chillywilly
Sep 5, 2006, 12:46 PM
Yeah, Plays For Sure is pretty much a no-go for playing AAC files, although there are some devices that play WMA files that also play AAC (so far, only a couple of Sony devices).

Even still, if it gets great signal from Sirius, it could be a great device. I'd be interested in trying it out before buying.

granex
Sep 5, 2006, 01:01 PM
I stopped reading as soon as the article said that he coined the term "automagically". We've been using that term for at least two decades.

zap2
Sep 5, 2006, 08:05 PM
Anyone who types "IPod", doesn't know enought about the "iPod"

jettredmont
Sep 5, 2006, 08:48 PM
I stopped reading as soon as the article said that he coined the term "automagically". We've been using that term for at least two decades.

Heh, that's where I stopped too. Obviously the guy's full of himself and thinks nothing of taking credit for things he had nothing to do with. I've been using the term since 1988, having heard it from a teacher who heard it from lord knows where. I've also heard many others using it in the intervening two decades between then and when, finally, it was "coined" by this guy I've never heard of*.

"Coined" implies invention of a term as well as introduction into popular lexicon. Sorry, that's just false on both counts.



[* Oh yeah, he's the guy who got fired for massive mood swings. I guess I've heard of him.]

[Edit: to clarify, I'm not claiming to have invented the term either, just in case it sounded like that above.]

SPUY767
Sep 6, 2006, 09:38 PM
Yeah, Plays For Sure is pretty much a no-go for playing AAC files, although there are some devices that play WMA files that also play AAC (so far, only a couple of Sony devices).

Even still, if it gets great signal from Sirius, it could be a great device. I'd be interested in trying it out before buying.

I have yet to find a device from wither satellite radio provider that gets a signal that anyone would consider adequate indoors. Even the so-called hand-held models have incredibly mediocre signals in cars, buildings are abysmal. In my hotel, there is a large glass-ceilinged arium, the devices won't even get reception there, making them a pretty much no-go for just about anyone who wants to listen to their music, and be inside.

yg17
Sep 7, 2006, 10:34 AM
I'm a Sirius subscriber, and I've yet to be interested in the portable models. I love listening to it in my car, but when I'm walking to class or doing something where I'm listening to my iPod or w810i, I like choosing my own music. Plus, reception can be shoddy while walking around.

chillywilly
Sep 7, 2006, 11:07 AM
Yes, indoors listening is one of the biggest downsides to satellite radio. I think that's where the WiFi connection comes in, although that has it's downfalls as well, being bandwidth.

Which is why I'd like to try out the Stiletto first before plunking down $350 on it.

I tend to balance my sat and iPod listening, depending on where I'm at and what I want to listen to. I find myself listening to Sirius in the car more often, but on a hot summer day or once winter gets here, I don't want to be in the car much longer than is comfortable.

Maybe the Stiletto has made some improvements in signal strength.

shamino
Sep 7, 2006, 05:26 PM
I think it is mp3/WMA only and it will be a "Plays for Sure" Device, which makes me think that Mac support will not exist at all.
Not necessarily. There are some devices that will play both WMA and AAC. Panasonic used to sell a few. Several Kenwood car stereos do.

Plays-for-sure simply means that all of the optional parts of WMA-DRM are implemented. It does not exclude support for other formats.