Apple iPod+Sirius Satellite Radio?

“It’s been widely discussed that Apple and Sirius met to discuss a potential satellite radio-enabled iPod, and that nothing substantial came of that meeting. Steve Jobs doesn’t add anything to the iPod that’s not bulletproof, and portability hasn’t been satellite radio’s strong suit so far. But now that Sirius has reduced the size of its satellite receiver chips, Jobs could change his mind,” Eliot Van Buskirk and Sean Michaels blog for Wired.

Van Buskirk and Michaels ask, “Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin recently showed off a digital audio player with a built-in satellite receiver at a conference last week, as Richard Menta recently pointed out. Could the satellite MP3 player player Karmazin says will be available by the end of the summer be a satellite iPod?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mason” for the heads up.]
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Related articles:
Sirius would like to work with Apple; Howard Stern Sirius podcasts for sale via iTunes? – December 09, 2005
Apple iPod combined with Sirius Satellite Radio would be a music revolution – May 27, 2005
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Sirius CEO Karmazin looks to add satellite radio to Apple iPod; no deal – yet – February 10, 2005
Sirius has approached Apple on adding service to iPod – February 09, 2005
Analyst throws cold water on Apple iPod – Sirius Satellite radio deal – December 16, 2004
Analysts: Apple iPod + Sirius Satellite Radio ‘technologically unfeasible right now’ – December 15, 2004
RUMOR: Apple to add SIRIUS Satellite Radio (and Howard Stern) to iPod in mid-2005 – December 10, 2004
Non-Apple news: Howard Stern signs deal with SIRIUS satellite radio – October 06, 2004


  1. If Apple won’t integrate FM radio, which is free, why would they integrate satellite radio, which you have to pay a subscription for?

    If this comes at all, I see it as an add-on, like the FM receiver.

  2. Because integrated satellite radio could work together with the iTunes store and a Wi-fi enabled iPod. Hear a song you like? Click “buy now” and be taken directly to the iTunes store.

    It could work.

  3. The rest of the world doesn’t do satellite radio. When will US-based commentators realise that there’s a world out there? Why would Apple put money into a product destined only for one market?
    Satellite radio sucks unless you’re in a car with a clear line of sight to the sky. It has no place in an iPod.

  4. nike could add a satellite dish to they’re shoes and use the new nano attachment to send the signal back to your iPod ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. more is not better.

    Have iPod so I don’t have to listen to lame DJs on the radio, talk, talk, talk, talk

    the iPod has gotten much smaller and sleeker and everyone wants to fatten it up again.

    These conflict – you don’t do both at the same time or intertwined.

    keep’em seperated

  6. Look, receiver schmeiver, Sirius can make an iPod attachment anytime they want. What Apple & Sirius need to do together is just get the Stern show on the iTunes Music Store. Thanks to coughcoughcough I’ve heard every one of Stern’s Sirius shows (okay I’m only on Last Thursday’s show), but I would prefer to listen to them legally. If Apple can work a deal with Rush Limbaugh then they can certainly work one with Stern & Sirius.

  7. That would be a more likely scenario – Apple talking with Sirius about distributing it’s proprietary shows like Stern on iTunes. That would make more sense with Apple’s business model.

    Like someone else noted, there’s nothing stopping Sirius from making an iPod attachment now.

  8. if sirius made an attachment without apples input then it wouldn’t work that great. If apples in the loop they can write an ipod updater that would support the add-on and make it easier to use

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