SIRIUS unveils portable satellite radio that captures, stores up to 50 hours of content (with image)

SIRIUS Satellite Radio today announced the debut of its first wearable satellite radio, the SIRIUS S50, which allows users to capture and store up to 50 hours of SIRIUS content, or a mix of SIRIUS programming and MP3/WMA files, enabling listening on the go. The SIRIUS S50 is scheduled to be available at retail this October.

The SIRIUS S50 measures just 1.9 by 3.9 inches and 0.7 inches thick, and includes a full color display, sleek black exterior and voice-assisted channel navigation. When attached to a home dock, car dock or executive docking station, the SIRIUS S50 provides easy access to live content, and captures and stores both scheduled and unscheduled SIRIUS programming. This feature allows users to listen to SIRIUS’ unique programming anywhere.

The SIRIUS S50 stores content in a variety of formats for listening on the go, including “My SIRIUS Channels,” “My SIRIUS Songs,” “Scheduled Record,” and “My Playlists.”

• The “My SIRIUS Channels” feature automatically gathers and refreshes sets of programming from the user’s three most-listened-to channels.
• The “My SIRIUS Songs” feature allows the user to save favorite songs or talk shows with the press of a button.
• The “Scheduled Record” feature allows the user to set the radio to capture favorite shows on a one time or recurring basis.
• The “My Playlists” feature allows users to supplement SIRIUS content with their own MP3/WMA library when attached through the home dock to a PC. The PC application also allows users to synch channel and image updates automatically through SIRIUS’ website.

The car and home kits utilize a rotary “SIRIUS Media Dial,” which provides quick and easy access to content. Listeners can turn the knob to find their favorite SIRIUS channel, tilt to pause, rewind, fast-forward or save a favorite song or show. In addition, voice-assisted navigation tells the user what channel they’ve selected, eliminating the need for the user to take their eyes off the road while driving. The radio also includes 30 channel presets; a jump button for one-touch tuning to traffic and weather reports or to a favorite SIRIUS channel; a sports ticker that flashes personalized sports scores; and a “Game Alert” feature which prompts when the user’s favorite NFL, NHL, NBA, or other sports teams are playing on SIRIUS.

“The wearable SIRIUS S50 provides subscribers with extensive versatility when it comes to when, where and how they receive their favorite SIRIUS programming,” said Jim Meyer, President of Operations and Sales for SIRIUS. “This small satellite radio is full of exciting, easy to navigate features for everyone from the least to the most tech savvy consumer.”

The SIRIUS S50 will be available for a suggested retail price of $359.99, and includes wearable accessories (6-hour rechargeable battery, ear buds, belt clip, armband, USB cable and AC adapter) and a car dock, which includes an adhesive mount, custom cigarette lighter power adapter, a remote control, ultra-low profile antenna, DC input and line output. A home dock, which includes audio mixing for PC sound pass-through, and connects to speakers and PCs, a remote control, home antenna, USB cable, audio cable and power supply will be available for MSRP $99.99. A desk or wall mountable executive system, including high fidelity speakers, will also be available. Replaceable batteries will be sold separately.

Additional information about the SIRIUS S50 will be available on the SIRIUS website in mid-September.

SIRIUS delivers more than 120 channels of commercial-free music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality sound. SIRIUS offers 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA, and is the Official Satellite Radio partner of the NFL.

SIRIUS radios for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are manufactured by Alpine, Audiovox, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Delphi, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sanyo and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000 retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Costco, Office Depot, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and RadioShack. SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers and truck stops nationwide.

SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep®, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at major locations around the country.

Click on http://www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to find a SIRIUS retailer or car dealer in your area.

Sirius’ Howard Stern countdown here.

[UPDATE 10:47am: added image.]

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26 Comments

  1. We hear every day about iPod killers. This isn’t one of them, but APple had a chance to make a killer iPod, one that would have added to the impenetrable wall that has become the iPod-iTunes-iTMS combo.

    An iPod that gets Sirius, that would allow for bookmarking of songs to be later purchased from iTunes would just be off the wall amazing.

    Are you listening Steve?

    MW ‘plant’, as in, someone within Apple please plant a seed in Steve’s head about this.

  2. Why would they announce this if no info or pics are available on their web site until mid-sept? By then, I will have forgotten about this and they have lost a potential sale from anyone that gets hyped by the news release.

    I have the XM MiFi. It’s not bad, but with the required antenna, I would hardly call it wearable. I’m sure Steve didn’t want his iPodders having to sling on a huge antenna to listen to satellite on their iPods.

  3. Yeah, this whole paying for radio thing really rubs me the wrong way… maybe it just reveals my age and my resistence to such things.

    Also, I remember Satellite radio subscriptions initially being $9.95 a month just a few years ago – $12.95 seems ridiculous at this point!

    I can think of a lot of things I could do with that $155 a year, thank you very much…

  4. “Yeah, this whole paying for radio thing really rubs me the wrong way”

    I’d propose that you are already paying for radio one of two ways:

    1. By having to deal with constant commercials and stupid DJ talk (a wasted time payment), or
    2. By paying more for the products you buy so the advertisers can afford to advertise.

  5. I didn’t believe in it, either, until Radio Margaritaville became available – and I can take that on the boat, while driving, in the house through the website – which is still free, btw, http://www.radiomargaritaville.com

    Whatever your latitude, you can get in a tropical attitude.

    Then I discovered the live College sports broadcasts – Being a Big XII fan stuck in a Big Ten market sucks without Sirius(Do the frickin’ Hawkeyes need to be on EVERY weekend?! – at least throw in a Penn State or Wisconsin now and then)

  6. I’d pay for Sirius if I used the radio more. It’s commercial free, and you can get just about any genre, be exposed to new music, etc. It’s better than the free crap on the airwaves.

  7. yeo! music man

    Got out of bed on the wrong street corner? slept with your pjs inside out?

    What do you suppose your post is sonny?
    Just be happy you are a silly enough -early adapter and we’re not

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