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Video: Pioneer XMp3 Satellite Radio

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Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.

Crutchfield experts Robert and Zak take a look at the Pioneer XMp3 combination satellite radio and MP3 player.

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Robert: Hi, I'm Robert.

Zak: And I'm Zak.

Robert: And we're here in the Crutchfield studio today to tell you about Pioneer's XMp3 portable satellite radio. What makes this thing so great is that it's a combination satellite radio and MP3 player.

Zak: Yeah, and it's got loads of internal storage. I mean, you can record up to 100 hours of live XM content. Or you can put some of your own music files on there, too.

Robert: Right. And to add even more, you just load all of your stuff on a microSD card. You can drop it right into the radio, and then you have not only all of XM at your disposal, but also your own MP3s, audio books, or podcasts, all right here in one unit. And getting to all that content is really easy, because navigation is simple and intuitive.

Zak: Yeah. Nice and smooth.

Robert: You just roll right through the menus.

Zak: Now of course, it is a portable satellite radio, so it's got a built-in antenna to get a live signal. My favorite thing, though, has to be how easy it is to record things. I mean, there's a song on the screen and you like it, you can just hit the record button once, and it will record it into the internal memory for you. Or if you prefer, you can have it just record that channel from that point forward — up to you.

Robert: Right.

Zak: And you can record up to five channels at once, which is great.

Robert: It's also just like using a DVR, because you can pause and rewind a live broadcast. You can set it to record things later on — just set up your schedules for when you're not going to be listening to it. And it has a feature that I really like called Auto Record. The radio on its own will record content from the five channels that you listen to the most, and that stuff is always there, you know, for you. So even if you don't have signal, you have fresh content to listen to.

Zak: And it figures out your five favorite channels on its own, right?

Robert: Right. You don't have to set it or anything. It just picks the ones you listen to the most.

Zak: You can download some free software from XM called XM-to-go Music Manager. And what that lets you do is organize the recordings you've already made. Or you can also peek ahead at the program schedule, and schedule recordings ahead of time — again, on up to five channels at the same time.

Robert: That's a really nice feature, too. Now, the radio itself comes with a home kit, so you get everything you need to connect it to your home stereo, including a nice little remote. But you also get a USB cable for connecting it to your computer for file transfer, and a pair of earbuds for listening on the go.

Zak: Or if you spend a lot of time in your car and rather listen to it there, you can get this XMp3 car kit.

Robert: Alright, now that's the XMp3. To find out more about it, just go to

Zak: Or of course, you can always call one of our helpful advisors at 1-800-555-9408.

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