XM + iPod

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Rhema, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. Rhema macrumors member

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    So, I've always thought it'd be great if the iPod came with FM radio. Now that the zune has it I know that apple can't have it because it cant seem like apple in anyway copies microsoft. Not after the huge fuss that everyone has made about microsoft coping apple.

    But what if apple added a fm radio tune AND a XM radio reciever. Would anyone like this? Is it even possible? Is there XM technology small enough to fit inside the iPod?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    This has been rumored more than once in the past... nothing like this will ever exist.
     
  3. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    it would deffintly be nice esp since im a Yankee Fan that lives in Tennesse the only option is sattilte and then pay for tha pakage that gives you yes and all the other sports networks or watch the games on my computer did that laster wasnt to bad but the fact that i could say yeah im listening to the game on my ipod sounds sweet lol but im sure that would eat the battery up like crazy
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You do understand that XM doesn't work particularly well indoors, don't you? To heck with indoors, it doesn't work outdoors under a fuel pump canopy or during a rain storm or even heavy clouds.

    The purpose of portable XM receivers is to download music from the satellite for playback later. Playing live streams is not its forte.
     
  5. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you get that from? It is not true. It works fine outdoors and near windows. A canopy or rain storm does not destroy the signal. I have had XM for a few years now and I can testify thats false.
     
  6. johnmartin78 macrumors regular

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    Personally I ca live w/o FM on my iPod,between Clear Channel in America and the CRTC in Canada,fm radio in North America is horrible.However if they could make a good portable XM recieverthat would be pretty sweet.
     
  7. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    And I can testify that its true. While under trees my XM signal drops out all the time. Weather doesn't seem to affect it much (makes the signal weaker, but signal doesn't drop), but even indoors by a window its less than spectacular.

    Don't get me wrong, I love XM, but its not that amazing that I would pay for another subscription on my iPod and wouldn't be great for a portable device where its in your pocket half the time.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You live in the Boston area where XM has terrestrial-based repeaters. This dramatically reduces signal blocks by tall buildings, overpasses, stormy weather, etc. Those of us in less populated areas are not so lucky. We rely on the satellite for our signals. To get it, we need clear line-of-sight between our XM antennas and the satellite.
     
  9. buymeaniphone macrumors 6502

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    I can get internet radio on my Treo 650 via MundoRadio so I dont see why the iPod wouldn't be able to, although I guess it would need to be able to connect to the internet. I think the next iPod will be exactly like the iPhone except without the Phone capabilites, it only makes sense to utilize the technology they've already established.
     
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  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Sirius cannot touch XM in coverage or audio quality. Despite paying high prices for exclusive content such as Howard Stern and NFL Football, it remains a distant No. 2 behind XM. There was recently a trial balloon about a possible merger of XM and Sirius. With the Democratic takeover of Congress, the antitrust implications seem to have put this idea on hold.
     
  12. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Yikes. I can't imagine Sirius having worse audio quality than XM. It sounds about like a 96-128kbps mp3 (yuck!).
     
  13. Woog macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure about the audio quality, I havent had a chance to a/b the 2 in a professional environment but I can say I'm very happy with the content on Sirius. For anyone to say that satellite service "can't touch" the other in audio quality is completely nonsensical. They're probably so similar you couldnt tell the difference. To me, they both sound good enough to get into the music/content. With blaring horns, wind and street noise, It pretty much sounds as good or better than the radio ever did. It's just too bad Sirius doesnt appear to be "mac friendly" at all (the Sirius Stiletto doesnt support mac at all). Can't beat fantastic programming with commercial free music. Last time I checked, XM is a pay service that also has commercials.
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Probably? You make a provocative statement based on probably? Please do some research before cracking on another poster.
     
  15. clevin macrumors G3

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    thats another $200 for an already extra expensive machine, and not many ppl cares, so, why do it?
     

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