Sirius XM Introduces 'XM SkyDock' Satellite Radio Adapter for iPhone and iPod Touch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digital Daily reports that Sirius XM announced at a media event today the launch of XM SkyDock, an accessory that will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to receive live XM and "The Best of Sirius" satellite radio in their vehicles. Scheduled to launch in the fall at suggested price of $119.99, the XM SkyDock utilizes a vehicle's cigarette lighter power port to mount and power the device and iPhone or iPod touch.
    Sirius XM's press release also notes several other features, including iTunes tagging of songs, sports and stock tickers, as well as various alerts for sports and music news.
    The XM SkyDock is compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models and requires iPhone OS 3.0.

    Rumors of the new accessory surfaced last week, although the reports had suggested a slightly lower price point of under $100.

    Article Link: Sirius XM Introduces 'XM SkyDock' Satellite Radio Adapter for iPhone and iPod Touch
  2. creon macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Pretty cool device...yet no need from me.

    People are making so much money off of iPod/iPhones coat tails...
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Unless it includes a free subscription of some sort no way. After they changed their prices its just too much.
  4. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    The links are switched around. . . the "mentioned last week one" points to the Macworld article. The article link points to the rumor.
  5. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Funny really, because the iPhone and apps like "WunderRadio" are pretty much the main reason why I would never pay a monthly fee for satellite radio. The fact that they just put their prices up means they can't be long for this world.
  6. mattais macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Bristol, UK
  7. Wintrmte macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2006
    Interesting. I wonder if you'll be able to get the Howard Stern channels? You certainly cannot with their iPhone application, which really, really blows.
  8. macnerd77 macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2007
    Northern California / Bay Area
  9. natasha69 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    wait, i can't see out of my windshield now.

    tomtom's adapter. now sirius' one. what's next. i need an adapter for each one?

    someone has to be able to consolidate these things.
  10. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    I wish someone would make a DAB receiver for European iPods.
  11. mattais macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    My thoughts exactly. Nice idea to have the radio... but too expensive and wouldn't replace something more useful such as the tomtom dock.
  12. macnerd77 macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2007
    Northern California / Bay Area
    It gives users access to all XM and”The Best of SIRIUS” channels, even those the company infamously excludes from its online feed, like Howard Stern, MLB Play-by-Play and NFL Play-by-Play.

    Via allthingsd
  13. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Pretty soon we'll need the "adapter hub" so you can connect 2 or more devices to your iphone at once
  14. spazzcat macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2007
  15. shiseiryu1 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2007
    Internet killed Satellite Radio

    It's pretty sad that this is going to fail. Satellite radio would be a fantastic idea if the internet and internet-radio didn't exist. I can already get all the radio stations I want via my iPhone. Aside from that, there are several foreign stations that I like to listen to and probably wouldn't have anything close on Sat radio. :(
  16. Berek macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2009
    This thing will shake all over the place. No way.
  17. bigjohn macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2000
    Monrovia, CA
    i guess if you live in an area where cellular internet is not possible (and there are many areas like that in this great nation), then this is a plus for you...

    truckers will like it...

    for a neo-(sub)urbanite like myself, probably not
  18. PlayRadioPlay macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    Having the phone rest on a plastic piece that goes straight down to the power adapter is a horrible, horrible idea. Even that product picture makes it look like a flimsy piece of crap.
  19. JonHimself macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    I wonder why they're still separating the two? I thought the ultimate goal was to eventually just launch the "Sirius XM" line-up with all new devices. I would think using the popularity of the iPhone would be a great "first device" to advertise the "new" service.
    Also, in terms of Sirus XM being an "epic fail", aside from their current money problems, in the long run it will succeed. They're still recoupping (is that right?) initial operation costs AND still having to deal with the inflated contracts they paid for exclusive rights when they were competing. When all of the sports leagues have to renegotiate, they'll likely be less money.
    I think Sirius XM has the second or third largest subsriber-base of all pay-services in the US (so more than most cable companies). Eventually they'll be fine.
  20. dew321 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2003
    I was about to slam this as being a complete waste, but if you've got an iPod Touch, this actually makes sense. Since you can't get wi-fi on the road, it's an easy way to convert the iTouch into a satellite radio receiver for the car. Still, $120 is a little steep considering there are full receivers that cost well below that. And I'd say the benefit for iPhone owners is a little shaky for that money.
  21. TeeJayEm macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2008
    there's no way i would spend $120 on that. That's as much that i paid for my sirius radio a few years back. If you used a car charger and a $5 headphone jack you're looking at $40 tops??
  22. mattais macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    So... is there one person that thinks this is a good idea?!
  23. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    They should be selling that at or below cost to drive subscriptions. :cool:
  24. mrr macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2008

    Cool external accessories for the iPhone and iPodTouch are beginning to show up!

    So when is someone going to market a friggin EXTERNAL KEYBOARD ?!!!
  25. mouthtarget macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Taylor Swift!!!! yeaaaaahhh!!! :D

    have her endorse Apple and all the products will sell like hotcakes

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