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XM2go portable XM satellite radio/MP3 player

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Pioneer's Inno is the complete entertainment package. It's a satellite radio that lets you listen to live XM broadcasts at home, when you're out and about on foot, and even in the car with the help of an accessory kit.

The Inno lets you store individual songs and entire blocks of programming from XM, and listen to them anytime you'd like. It even gives you the capacity to upload some of your favorite MP3 and WMA files, and create playlists that include MP3s/WMAs and the songs you've recorded from XM. And it packs all this in a compact, easy-to-tote package that's about the size of the average cell phone.

Bright display, user-friendly controls
Check out the Inno's vivid, full-color display. It delivers all channel, artist, and song information using text that's easy to see, even in bright sunlight. Pioneer designed the compact Inno with only five user-friendly buttons, which let you scroll through menus, record songs, save preset channels, and much more.

Storing XM content, loading MP3s
If you hear a song you like, you can save it by pressing a couple of buttons. Or you can press a button and have the Inno record a block of programming — especially great if you'd like to enjoy XM in areas where you don't get reception. And you can schedule the Inno to record future programming, in case there's a show on later that you don't want to miss.

You can record up to 50 hours of XM songs and programming in the Inno's memory. You can also store MP3 music files — up to half of the memory can be used. When you've uploaded your MP3s and WMAs, you can mix them in with your XM songs to create your ideal playlist.

The Inno also offers other popular features like TuneSelect, which lets you save the names of up to 20 song titles and/or artist names and alerts you anytime one of them is playing. For easy channel surfing, you can also save 99 of your favorite channels as presets.

A true portable
Pioneer built the Inno to be a true portable, with a built-in antenna that picks up the live XM signal anywhere that's free of obstructions. When you're planning on leaving the house, just charge up the battery, plug in the included earbuds, and go.

Accessories
Hear a song you like? The package includes a CD-ROM containing XM + Napster software. You can bookmark songs you like on the Inno, then go online and purchase them through Napster. You'll build up a comprehensive musical library in no time at all.

The Inno comes with the accessories you'll need to play it over your home stereo, including a home cradle, indoor antenna, power adapter, and audio cable. If you'd like to play it in the car, a car kit is available separately. An XM subscription is also required. You can only listen to XM in the lower 48 states — reception not available in Hawaii or Alaska.

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Highlights:

  • portable handheld XM satellite radio/MP3/WMA player
  • built-in antenna allows for portable reception of live XM broadcasts
  • home accessories included: cradle, antenna, power adapter, audio cable
  • car kit available, sold separately
  • internal memory for storage of up to 50 hours of XM programming, including individual songs and blocks of XM programming
  • scheduled-recording capability
  • MP3/WMA storage — up to half of the internal memory (not quite 25 hours, due to file size)
  • MP3s, WMAs, and XM songs can be mixed in the same playlist
  • bright, full-color display shows channel, artist, and song information
  • 20-song/artist TuneSelect memory alerts you when songs or artists you've saved are playing on XM
  • 99 channel presets
  • XM + Napster software for purchasing music online
  • display shows scrolling info extras, including sports scores and a stock ticker
  • earbuds
  • USB cable for uploading MP3s from your computer
  • wireless FM transmitter for use with the optional car kit allows reception over any in-dash FM stereo
  • weight: 4.5 oz
  • 2-5/16"W x 4-7/16"H x 5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with MP3 player
  • Home docking station
  • Earbud headphones with attached 39" cord
  • 3 Pairs of silicone earbud sleeves (one pair installed)
  • Rechargeable 3.7V lithium ion battery (Part # 990216)
  • Wireless remote control (with CR2032 battery installed)
  • Home antenna with attached 20' cord
  • Home AC power adapter with attached 6.5' cord
  • 21" Travel power cable (with proprietary docking connector on one end and a DC power connector on the other end)
  • 39" Audio cable (has a minijack stereo connector on one end and left and right RCA audio connectors on the other end)
  • 39" USB cable (with USB-A connector on one end and a Mini USB Version 2.0 connector on the other end)
  • Protective case
  • XM + Napster Installation CD-ROM Disk (Version 1.0)
  • User Guide (English)
  • User Guide (Spanish)
  • Quick Tips Guide (English/Spanish)
  • XM Radio Station Guide

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Features

Product Overview: The Pioneer inno XM2go portable satellite radio receiver with a built-in 1 GB memory for recording satellite radio programming or storing MP3 and WMA music files downloaded from your computer. The inno comes with a home kit for connecting the unit to your home stereo system, plus a pair of earbud headphones. An optional car kit (item # 130INCAR1), or an additional home kit (# 130INHOME1) are also available. The inno has a brushed aluminum front with glossy black trim. The outline of the control buttons are backlit in blue.

XM Satellite Radio: XM Satellite Radio programming offers more than 170 digital radio channels including 69 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast.

Rechargeable Battery: The inno comes with a 3.7-volt rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The battery is rated for 5.5 hours of live XM playback or 10 hours of prerecorded content playback. The amount of playback time can be affected by the duration of the display backlight. The battery can be recharged while plugged into household AC current or connected to your PC via the USB cable.

Display: The inno is equipped with a full-color 1.67" TFT LCD screen. The XM channel names are displayed in their full color logo. In addition to the XM Channel names, the display shows the channel number, artist name, song title, battery status, and clock. The display also indicates the current play mode (XM or My Music), signal strength or available memory, and, when playing songs in "My Music", a progress bar with total track length and current location within a track.

Heads Up Display: The display is normally oriented to be read when the receiver is held upright. When the receiver is placed in the home or car dock, the receiver is placed on its side, and the display automatically reorients itself so it can be properly read.

Built-in 1GB Memory: The inno's 1GB built-in memory can be used to store XM content or a combination of both XM and MP3/WMA files. You can choose to exclusively store XM content, using the entire memory to store up to 50 hours of programming. If desired, you can partition the memory so that half (512MB) is used for XM programming (up to 25 hours) and the other half for storing MP3/WMA files (between 7 and 8 hours at 128 kbps).

Recording XM: You can instantly record XM content to the memory with the press of a single button. You can also schedule a recording by setting the date (today, every day, or a specific date), start and end time, and channel. Note: To schedule a recording, the receiver must be docked in the home stand with the AC power adapter and XM antenna connected, plus signal strength of 2 bars.

10-Minute Buffer: The Pioneer inno has a 10-minute memory buffer which allows you to start recording a song on live XM anytime during the song without fear of missing the first portion of the song.

TuneSelect: The TuneSelect feature finds your favorite artist or song whenever they are currently being played on any XM channel. When you hear a favorite song, you can add the song or artist to the TuneSelect list. You can also enter an artist name or song title using the virtual on-screen keyboard, even if it's not currently playing. When the saved song or artist is playing on any other XM channel, the inno will beep and you will be given the option to switch to that channel.

Bookmark: You can bookmark songs that you hear on XM (live or recorded), and view those bookmarks through the XM+Napster application when the unit is connected to your PC. You can then look up information about the artist or album, and purchase a complete, high-fidelity version of the song that can be played on multiple devices through XM+Napster. You can also purchase other songs by the same artist (or similar artists) on XM+Napster.

Organizing Music: All songs and tracks that are stored in the inno are normally played in the order that they were recorded or transferred into the unit. You can also sort the selections by artists, category, channel, or by recording session.

Locking/Unlocking XM Content: You can "lock" a song or track to prevent the inno from recording over it. All songs by an artist, in a category, or in a channel can be locked all at once.

Info Extras: XM Satellite Radio broadcasts information such as sports scores, stock prices, and other features from time to time. You can select your favorite sports teams or track up to 20 stocks, and the scores and stock prices will scroll along the bottom of the display.

XM+Napster: Included with the inno is XM+Napster software on CD-ROM. With XM+Napster, you can manage songs, playlists, and recording sessions on the inno, transfer MP3/WMA files between the inno and your PC, explore and purchase music from XM+Napster's online store, and listen to XM Radio online. The software will also allow you to rip tracks from your CDs to your PC, plus transfer MP3/WMA files onto a recordable CD or DVD. Content from XM is recorded in AAC Plus, and cannot be burned onto a CD or DVD or otherwise transferred off the inno. See below for System Requirements. Note: XM+Napster requires a separate monthly subscription fee. XM+Napster Light service, with limited features, is also available without a monthly subscription.

System Requirements: The inno is compatible with PCs that meet the following requirements:

  • Intel Pentium-class CPU
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000 operating system. (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows ME and Mac OS are not supported.)
  • At least 64 MB of RAM
  • At least 13 MB of available hard disk space for XM+Napster application
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or higher
  • Windows Media Player 9 or higher; Windows Media Player 10 recommended for Windows XP.
  • Active Internet connection; a broadband connection (cable, DSL, or fiber) is recommended for optimal performance
  • Note: inno may not work with all computers meeting these requirements depending on system configuration and user demands on existing hardware and software.

USB Port: The inno is equipped with a USB port on the top panel next to the headphone jack. The USB port is compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed for fast data transfer.

FM Modulator: The inno contains a built-in FM modulator that automatically turns on when you dock the player into the optional car kit (130INCAR1), and allows you to listen to whatever your inno is playing using a car FM radio. The FM modulator turns off automatically when you undock the player.

Tone Controls: The inno features separate bass and treble controls, each with 13 steps. Note: Tone controls are operational for live or recorded XM content. There are no tone adjustments for ripped or transferred music.

Sleep Timer: You can set the inno to play for a specified amount of time and turn itself off. The sleep timer can be set for 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

Manual Correction

FM Modulator: The manual states (on pages 66-67) that the inno's FM modulator turns on automatically whenever the unit is placed in the home or car dock, or the FM modulator can be turned on manually and used in handheld mode. The FM modulator can only be used when the unit is placed in the car dock. It will not work in the home dock or in handheld mode.

 
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2 out of 5

Pioneer Inno XM2go portable

Written By Barbara P, Jefferson GA on Saturday, August 27, 2011
 
I am disappointed --- not in the MP3 player but in the XM reception. Out on foot the actual XM radio reception fades in and out. Have purchased the separate XM antennae stereo headphones. NOTHING HAS HELPED with the XM reception. I would not recommend this product for XM radio use and will be transferring my 1 year subscription to something I can listen too.
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5 out of 5

Better than iPod

Written By Philip, Broken Arrow, OK on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
 
The Pioneer Inno is an awesome portable music player. You get access to XM's 170 channels of music, talk, and news, plus you can store up to 50 hours of recorded XM or add some MP3 files. The build quality is surprisingly high quality with a brushed metal housing. The remote suffers because it has hard plastic buttons instead of soft rubber ones. When you record XM, the songs are automatically broken down by artist, title, channel, and category for easy searching and playback. Unlike with the iPod, you get a ton of accessories, including a home dock, battery charger, remote, good earbuds, line out RCA adapter, and a leather case with belt clip.
8 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Inno

Written By Bob, Ocean Pines, Maryland on Sunday, August 13, 2006
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I bought the INNO when it 1st came out. I was excited to get it. Was confused about what it could and couldn't do. I have no issues with battery life, in fact it has been exceptional.
I work around reception by recording blocks of a music station, (Deep Tracks!!!), and then use that when receptions bad. I like what can come up on the stations that I've not heard in years.

I have the car adaptor, am going to get 2 more, one for my truck and the other for the boat. Have the headset too.
As usual, dealing with Cructhfield is a breeze, even with returns and other issues-thanks!
10 out of 11 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Pioneer Inno

Written By JOHN, Winston-Salem, NC on Sunday, August 06, 2006
 
I purchased the Pioneer Inno to listen while walking and jogging. Reception has been good and I enjoy the record features. The biggest problem I have had is battery life. On the first unit I purchased, the battery life was 30 minutes and the unit would not hold a charge overnight. I exchanged that unit for another and got some improvement. Battery life is now about an hour, but the unit at times discharges overnight. It is frustrating to head out for a walk in the morning and find the unit with no battery life. Since my primary use was for walking and running, I have found the Inno to be a poor product because of the battery life and I am returning the unit for a refund.
12 out of 14 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Solid Unit with Serious Flaw

Written By Chipshot, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, July 13, 2006
 
Ive had my Inno for about 2 weeks now and I have to say that overall I am quite happy with it. It is my first portable satellite unit, and it has some great features. The controls are intuitive, the Napster+ software is a breeze to manage your music, set up playlists, etc. Like several other reviewers, I have found that I get a lot of drops when using the unit while outside using only the built in antenna. However, the Belkin antenna headphones completely solve that problem. I just wish they were a bit more comfortable. My only complaint with the Inno is the battery life. For some reason (Pioneer says they consider it normal) the unit will discharge the battery even when it is in the off postition. After mine was out of the docking cradle for approximately 36 hours, I had only 1.5 hours of life left to play pre-recorded tracks. If you're going to be traveling and will not be using the unit for several hours, you may want to consider removing the battery; something I consider a big inconvenience. Pioneer is supposedly working on a firmware upgrade to help address this issue. Apparently there were issues with the FCC relating to the built in FM modulator and that is why firmware revs 1.1 and 1.6 have disabled it.

Sound quality is very good, and the earbuds that came with the unit sound fine.

I bought a car kit, thinking I might replace my SkyFi2 with it, but Ive re-thought that. The SkyFi2 is more convenient with the preset buttons. Also be aware that the Inno does not charge the battery when in the car unit if the Inno is turned off, even if the car dock is plugged into a power outlet that is live. Not sure what the logic was with that feature.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

I'm torn

Written By GM, Scottsdale, AZ on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
 
On paper, the INNO is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It is, when you get reception. So easy to use, easy to manage, & it looks great as well. I have become an XM junkie as the service is tied into my truck's GPS & my Yamaha home receiver. So when this product came along, I of course added it to the mix.

My first trip into the gym to use it - ZERO reception. Tried it in my house - 80% reception. 100% dissatisfied with the antenna performance of this product. I just received the Belkin antenna headphones & I am hoping that this makes me feel good about this very pricey purchase. Other reviews have said this is the accessory that saves the INNO from the return aisle.

On the flip side - The ability to record on the fly is awesome. You can compile great playlists in no time at all. Great to edit playlists without using your PC. Considering the amount of technology Pioneer has to cram into the small case, the memory is acceptable. Also the XM / Napster software is a snap. (This comes with another gripe - why isn't the INNO on the Napster to Go compatible list???? Seems odd that Napster's partnership with Pioneer doesn't get the INNO on their list.)

Since I have XM in my vehicle already, I have no use for the INNO there other than to listen to the recorded content. I have the car kit for my wife's car, but it has to be docked and plugged into the 12V, & frankly it just clutters up the dash.

Overall, it's great when it works and there is nothing like it. If you primarily use this in an area of great reception you will be on cloud 9. If you are purchasing this primarly for the indoors, buyer beware!
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Product Changes

Written By Ray, Albuquerque, NM on Thursday, June 22, 2006
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I bought my INNO when they first came out. One of the selling points is that it was truly portable and had a built in FM modulator.
However, the newer models no longer have the modulator built in and you need to purchase the additional car kit to have the unit play over your car stereo. While the unit remains "portable" you would now need to cluter up your dash with the car kit.
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4 out of 5

Pioneer Inno

Written By Tony, Ventura, CA on Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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For the most part I love the inno - big pluses to me are being able to delete specific songs, download songs, and play in shuffle mode. I don't like having to record new songs after 90 days taken off satellite, and I don't know about anybody else but battery life of 2 hours or less on playback is pretty annoying. In fact my battery shows a quarter full when I shut the inno down, but when I try to power it on the next day the battery is totally flat. I don't like that the car kit costs another $70 - isn't $400 enough already!?
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

? Eliminated the FM modulator (except w/ car kit) Too Bad,

Written By Tom, Hampton, NH. on Saturday, June 10, 2006
 
I was really excited about my INNO, but I had a problem with headphone connection and exchanged for another one only to find that the FM Modulator feature had been changed to only work with car kit mount. This stinks!!! I was using it at home to send to my stereo in garage, from home kit, but now feature is useless!! Also I was using it while biking and FM modulator would send to my bike radio (so I wouldn't have to wear headphones) and even my son's as long as he was within 50'. It was great, but now it's worthless for these uses. Now it only works with home kit, plugged into stereo directly and no more sending signals to my other radios in the house without cord. WHY REMOVE SUCH A GREAT FEATURE IN THE FIRST 30 DAYS OF RELEASE??? I don't get it?? I'm returning it and the extra home kit and car kit. It was working out so well. So disappointing! Also portable XM while moving didn't work well, with alot of drop outs of signal.
(They must be pushing the extra car kit and this force people to have to buy it for car use)

I do see that the samsung unit still has the FM modulaor built in. I'm going to try it instead, before they change that one too.
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5 out of 5

A must buy !

Written By GoReds, Ohio on Monday, May 22, 2006
 
I recently received an INNO as a graduation gift from my folks. As a baseball fan, I am simply blown away at how easy and intuitive the INNO is.

It is simple to catch my Reds games when I am away thanks to the great reception from the internal antenna. For better reception in hard to reach areas, I recommend the Belkin antenna headphones ($39.99).

The recording feature couldn't be any easier. You can record on-the-fly by simply hitting the record button twice (and catch the song at the beginning thanks to the 10 minute buffer), or set up a program to record whatever channel you want. There is virtually no limit to the number of programs you set, as long as you don't schedule over the 50 hours worth of memory.

Sound quality is very good, but not outstanding. SQ will be determined by the quality of the channel being recorded. Talk (and baseball) channels sound worse than music. It is simply a matter of XM's bandwidth. Music channels get priority here, which makes perfect sense to me. Prerecorded channels sound as good as the originals. Of course MP3/WMA files put on the player will sound as good as the bitrate they are recorded in.

The INNO is tiny for a live receiver, and I got almost 7 hours of live play before the battery died. On recorded content, I nearly doubled that time.

If you're a satellite radio fan and/or a portable fan, you deserve to check out the INNO. You'll be pleasantly suprised.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

inno is 10x better than my ipod

Written By xmisthebest, orlando, FL on Saturday, May 13, 2006
 
this product is awesome. make sure you get the inline auto installation kit for 30 bucks though...dramatically improves signal in car... belkin headphones are also well worth it...

xm got it right with the inno!
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5 out of 5

Great receiver...get the headphones too

Written By Ken, Boston, MA on Friday, May 12, 2006
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I eagerly awaited the Inno. I was an existing user of the Airware receiver and while that was easy to use, it was a bit large to carry around and didn't hold enough music.

The Inno is generations improved with a compact size and even easier to use interface. Many of the views express how I feel about the product. May I suggest also purchasing the XM headphones with integrated anntena. I couldn't believe the marked improved reception even indoors! A great accessorry but just a little pricey at $40.
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5 out of 5

Impressive!

Written By ThePortableGuy, Kansas City on Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
Pioneer has released a gem with the INNO, part of the XM2GO line of portable satellite receivers. If satellite radio and MP3 is your thing, you can't go wrong here.

The INNO can receive "live" satellite broadcasts anywhere it can pick up a signal, be it out doors or in heavy downtown areas thanks to the terrestrial repeater network set up.

The real beauty is the recording feature. The INNO is slated to hold about 50 hours, but I have 50 already and the memory isn't quite full! I can record any channel, anytime with no restrictions. It will store my content in convenient playlists and folders for easy access. On extra nice feature is the ability to "flag" any song I wish to purchase on the included Napster software. Any songs I do not wish to keep are easily erased to make room for those I wish to keep. I can also tag certain songs preventing them from being accidentally erased.

Live reception is commendable for a receiver this tiny. In downtown Kansas City, I had no trouble keeping the signal no matter where I went outdoors, even under trees.

In short, this is a fantastic device and I recommend you pick one up if portable satellite reception is a must have.
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5 out of 5

Music lovers' dream

Written By MusicFan, Miami on Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
If you're a satellite radio fan like me, you would be hard-pressed to turn down a beautifully engineered piece of equipment like the INNO.

Although not as sexy as an iPod, it's usefulness crushes the iPod to oblivion. Let me explain. MP3 players are nice, but require constant work to keep them updated. Plus you have to pay for download after download.....but not with the INNO! For less than a CD a month, you get 70 channels of music bliss on XM (plus sports, talk, news, comedy and traffic/weather)! The INNO can record any channel at any time, in sessions, in programs, or simply hitting "record" when a favorite tune comes on. That's it...nothing more to do! The INNO holds up to 50 hours of XM programming...automatically stored for you in files by artist, title, genre, or channel! Each stored song is easy to find and incredibly easy to manage!

For those who wish to add their own MP3's, you can mix MP3's with the XM content without problems. Be aware if you choose the MP3 playback ability, you can only store 25 hours of XM content instead of 50...hardly a limitation.

The real beauty of course isn't just the fact you can record/store XM, but you can get LIVE satellite reception on-the-go!!!! As long as you're near a repeater or in line-of-site to a satellite, you will have zero problems picking up the live signal.

Why is live so important? Easy, you're constantly amazed at the variety of live programming! You can hear new songs/artists (or sports and comedy!) at anytime without first running home and connecting your MP3 player to a computer and downloading it! NO UNNECESSARY WORK!!!

5 out of 5 stars! Great product!
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3 out of 5

It's good but not great?

Written By radioman, Long Islnad, NY on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 
Overall the Inno seems very well made...and is SO easy to use. I barely read the manual and I can pretty much access most of it's features already. The GUI (Interface) is quite good and almost as easy as an ipod.
My only real problem with the Inno? I got it so I could use it as a PORTABLE player as I exercise, or walk my dog. I live on Long Islnad NY, I'm not sure if we have repeaters here or not. Long story short..as I walk outside with it
I get TONS of drop outs. I can see after the "cool factor" wears off, this is going to get very annoying.

It's great that you CAN record tons of XM, and bring it with you BUT I wanted LIVE XM. In fairness to the Inno this is more a satellite issue, and the last few days here have been VERY cloudy and rainy. Perhaps once the weather clears up I might get a more consistant signal outdoors. Being I already have Sirius..I ONLY got the Inno, 4 portable use. I just ordered the Belkin headphones/antenna...perhaps that will make this thing awesome if it can keep a strong signal. If the Belkin phones don't sound good? Well..that will not be a good thing, even if it can sustain a steady signal.

One thing I really do like is even without the car kit I have been using it in my car.. The signal is very good overall in my car, and it has a built in FM transmitter which can maybe cut out the need, for the car kit.

Despite me sounding a bit negative here overall I REALLY like this thing. If it were my only souce 4 Satellite raio I'd love it..but I only use it as a portable...and so far it is not delivering the PROMISE of true portability..at least on Long Island.
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5 out of 5

Incredible

Written By John, West Hartford, CT on Monday, May 08, 2006
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The first thing that impressed me was the solid feel of the device, it is so compact, it's amazing that they are able to put so much functionality into the unit. I've recorded mp3's, XM music and have even downloaded a book from the library onto my Inno. I've been to several minor league baseball games and have always brought along my Inno to monitor major league games. The controls are so easy, I had no trouble switching between various games.
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5 out of 5

Look out iPod!

Written By SatRadFan, Denver on Thursday, May 04, 2006
 
Ok, so this won't kill the iPod (yet), but it's a first step! This thing rocks!! I had a Myfi, and this is light years ahead.

Now for the pros/cons!

Pros:
-Tiny for a receiver
-live on-the-go satellite reception!
-MP3/WMA playback (if partitioned 50/50)
-color screen, which shows channel/artist/titles
-UNLIMITED recording ability for music channels and shows!!!! No limit to how long, or how many sessions you program until all the memory is consumed!
-10 MINUTE buffer, for on-the-fly music recording, never miss the beginning of that tune.
-vastly improved reception over the Myfi (still need to be line-of-site or near repeater...nature of the satellite beast)
-comes with headphones, case, extra battery(!), home dock, Napster software, computer cable (USB), and antennas
-excellent sound quality in both XM recorded content, and MP3/WMA files.
-outstanding playlist/file management!


Cons: (yes this isn't perfect, but close)
-battery life, 6 hours of "live" or 14 hours MP3/WMA
-car dock is extra....but almost unnecessary
-only 528Mb of MP3/WMA storage...not enough to challenge iPod.......yet.

I want to give the Inno 4.5 stars, for it's simply an amazing package for its size (minus the massive memory of course :P). So I give it a 5. When the next generation improves the memory and battery life, then it WILL de-throne the iPod!
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Inno

Written By David, Martinez, California on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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All I can say is...WOW. In live mode the unit picks up 95% of the time. Add the fancy Antenna/headphones available soon and I should have close to 100% listening pleasure. The display is fabulous and easy to use. I stepped up from a TAO XM2GO unit and don't regreat it one bit. I actually find myself using the unit more then I did my TAO due to its size and ease of use. I highly recommend this unit for anyone wanting to go portable.
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5 out of 5

Ultimate portable satallite radio and MP3 player

Written By Andy, Middlesex County, NJ on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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I had a Myfi before this, which was a very good unit but had it's limitations. This I would have to say is the ultimate player. I do wish that the volume was a bit louder but maybe I'm going deaf but I am very happy with all of the functions such as being able to fast forward and rewind through XM recordings and being able to schedule multiple recording sessions. I set my Inno for the 50/50 setting being that 25 hours of XM is more than enough for me and I have some MP3's that I like to swap around at times. The Inno has a very solid feel to it and is definetaly worth the money. Just as a side note, the antenna on the Inno works great if you hold the inno in your hand or your body is not blocking the southern view, but I think if you go with the belkin antenna headphones you should have almost flawless reception.
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5 out of 5

Simply Amazing!!!!

Written By Howard, Northeast OH on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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I only had the unit for two hours, yet, already excited to share few exciting moments here.

For longest time, I am waiting for a portable satellite unit for "go anywhere" purpose. But, there was one for long time. Most of others are just not truly "portable". Without an external antenna, it is just not working, period!

But, Inno changed everything. As amazing and disbelieve, the reception is outstanding. I am in an office building, no windows, with full of computer equipement around, I still receives signal without any drop out! Look, I am listening right now while writing this review on my desk!!!!!!!

Haven't had chance to explore all the other features yet. But, I don't think there is anything left for me to worry :-)
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4 out of 5

One of a kind

Written By Evan, Boston, MA on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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You won't find another unit like this on the market (until the Helix comes out). If you want to listen to live satellite radio and mp3s anywhere, then this is the unit for you. I actually switched from Sirius to XM because of this piece of equipment. Granted it is extremely pricey but if you're a music fan, gadget freak, and have a liberal budget, by all means buy this item.
To elaborate on live reception...I live in a large metropolitan area and the only time signal cuts out is when i go underground. I can walk around the whole city and surrounding areas with this bad boy in my pocket and listen to live XM with no problem.
Pioneer has also made recording your favorite shows seemless. You can easily set scheduled recordings or record on the fly. Even if you decide 2 minutes into a song that you like it and want to have a copy of it on your unit, just hit the record button and it will record the WHOLE song (thanks to the 10 minute buffer).
Of course no product is perfect. In a perfect world this thing would have more than 512mb of mp3 storage (1gb total, partitioned at 50% xm and 50% mp3). Also, while i haven't completely exhausted the battery life, it seems that the live feed will allow for about 5-6 hours of battery life. I've noticed that mp3s extend the battery life to a reported 15 hours but i've been listening about 2 hours and the battery is recording 3/4 charge. Until i really exhaust this thing on the weekend, i won't know for sure.
Overall, this device is a must have for an XM fan, O&A fan, and anyone who is really into their music. Crutchfield also gets an A+ for having it in stock before anyone else!
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5 out of 5

Inno: Ipod Killer? Maybe. Wounder for sure

Written By Jake, New York City on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
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On my first impressions, the interface might not be quite as sexy as various Ipods, although it's pretty darned good, better than any "other" MP3's I've seen. The unit is comfortable to hold & light enough to excercise with.

The absolute joy & genius of this concept is constantly refreshing the music I have at my disposal. I leave it on a favorite channel all day, then run thru what I recorded, and transfer those songs onto my playlist that evolves every day without much effort or any additional cost whatsoever.

Walking down the street, hearing a favorite song, pressing a buttton twice, and I have that song from the start, even if I didn't catch it at the beginning.

What a great way to hear new music, and to avoid having to settle for the same 100 songs I've had on my ipod since I got it 2 years ago. There is more content on XM than I culd ever find on my own in itunes - Patrick Park, Sonya Mitchell are just two of the artists I'm really enjoying that would never have heard of otherwise. In a week's time I have already put more songs on my Inno than I put on my ipod the whole time I had it - easily and for no more money . . . this thing is waaaaaaaay cool. I can't say I'll never use my ipod again, but I can say that at least for right now, I'm not sure when - or why - I'd ever go back to it.
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4 out of 5

XM2GO V.2

Written By David Brocato, Louisiana on Sunday, April 30, 2006
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My Pioneer Inno was shipped overnight the first day Crutchfield made them available. This is a really compact tuner. If you get it only for live reception though you may be disappointed. I found the reception in my area which isn't served by a reapter to be hit or miss. Bottom line is that without a repeater this thing require line of site betwee it and the sats.

The display is very nice and full color, the menus are very quickly learned. So rather you want to record a song, channel or schedule a recording for a progam, perhaps add your own MP3's or WMA's using the Inno is a snap. The silver case is very sharp looking and you don't see finger prints on it.

My only beef with the Pioneer Inno is that I feel it is over priced considering it doesn't come with a car docking kit. The car docking kit adds another $70 bucks on top of the $399.99. Now you are up to almost $500.

If you are looking for live portability, you won't find anything better than the Pioneer Inno. However, if live portability isn't that important there are much chepaer alternatives available.
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5 out of 5

Sweet...

Written By Joshua, Spring Lake Heights, NJ (originally from VA) on Thursday, April 27, 2006
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wow... nothing short of amazing. I've only had a couple of hours to toy with this but it immediately eclipses the technological prowess and usefulness of my 3rd gen 30 gig iPod (which just erased itself, not happy.) It was bittersweet that on the day Opie and Anthony went to a "terrestrial radio" simulcast that I got my first expensive XM portable, since they're a large reason I like XM, but, any notions of disappointment that street urchins could now listen to what was once exclusive to me disappeared quickly. This thing is TINY so if you were jonesing for something to workout with and be unencumbered, this is it. Read the tech specs for your audiophile questions, I am just saying this thing kicks...
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