RUMOR: Apple to add SIRIUS Satellite Radio (and Howard Stern) to iPod in mid-2005

“When XM Satellite Radio launched the MyFi on October 28, 2004 it was hailed as the world’s first portable satellite radio. As soon as MyFi was announced I got to thinking about when the second portable satellite radio was going to arrive,” Jason O’Grady writes for O’Grady’s PowerPage.

“A source close to the PowerPage informed me last night that Apple has been meeting with Sirius Satellite Radio, the competitor to XM that recently signed Howard Stern, and that the pair is rumored to be developing a portable Sirius Satellite radio that could arrive in Apple’s signature iPod form factor,” O’Grady writes. “Spring or summer of 2005… Say hello to SatPod.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Rumors. But, this would be quite a coup. The only real problem with our iPod is that we can’t listen to Howard on it live. Other radio, too. On the go, how are iPod users supposed to hear new music? Or news? Or talk? Shouldn’t it all be possible to do it on the iPod? Perhaps that issue will soon be fixed if this rumor turns out to be true. If so, XM executives can’t be very happy. Howard Stern + iPod = XM Doom. Howard Stern is due to join SIRIUS on January 1, 2006.


  1. Wow. APPL and SIRI are my two best performing stocks (although I don’t have that much of either). If they team up I will probably be able to get the Mac of my choice if I can bring myself to sell. I don’t think this will effect me in Japan though. Sirius is only US, right?

    Lots of features could be added to the iPod but they are keeping it simple and it is working for them. Personally being a gadget freak I would like to have all the bells and whistles as long as they can keep the interface intuitive (and if anybody can, Apple can)

  2. Well, I thought the iPod and the music on it were a matter of choice and not something decided by others. Although, for some, it would be nice to have a built-in radio to listen to satellite programs, it’s Sirius that provides the programming, not Apple, and you have no choice in what they offer. You have to pay a monthly fee to listen, so in the end this is just another form of subscription even if you can keep songs on your iPod. Eventually they’ll be gone when you run out of room. Within the next couple of years terrestrial broadcasting will convert to digital to compete with the quality of satellite (it already has to a limited extent in some markets). And those broadcasts will be free, with no monthly costs.

  3. Wouldn’t mind such a device, but not if it is a morphed iPod.

    Swiss Army-type technology isn’t the answer, but having task-specific devices does seem to jibe with Apple’s overall philosphy…

    “Oh, yeah, well my new ‘CatheterPod’ can…” Ok, sorry about that.

  4. pkradd: Of course you have a “choice” � don’t buy the service. What’s the big deal if Apple gives its users one more option for the iPod???

    As for terrestrial stations converting, the beauty of satellite radio – which I have only as part of my Dish Network service – is that it is highly diverse and has NO commercials. Terrestrial stations can’t compete with that. On satellite I can listen to all 80’s metal; or progressive rock; or classic rock; or Elvis if I desire. Terrestrial radio just plays the same junk over and over and over again….

    My guess is all this will be is an attachment that allows you to receive the satellite broadcast. I doubt it would be to download anything to the iPod itself….

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