Portable Audio Takes Another Step Forward
October marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first portable transistor radio, a milestone in personal audio which paved the way to many more handheld innovations. XM Radio's Dan Murphy, senior vice president, retail sales and distribution, believes his company is on the cusp of the next great milestone with XM2Go. the world's first portable satellite radio product.
The first manufacturer to launch an XM2Go radio is Delphi, an established XM partner that has been successful with other satellite receivers like SkyFi and Roady. Delphi's product, the MyFi, is about the size of a Walkman cassette player. It includes a removable rechargeable lithium ion battery, an XM radio tuner, a built-in antenna, and a small built-in memory for recording up to five hours of XM content. It comes with a car mounting kit, a home stereo dock and headphones for personal use.
Like the Roady2 product, the MyFi includes a built-in FM transmitter so the unit can pipe tunes through any FM radio. The MyFi ships to retailers in November, which is just time for the holiday shopping season and will carry a retail price of $349, plus the $9.99 monthly subscription.