Portable Audio Takes Another Step Forward
For scheduled recordings, XM2Go will automatically turn itself on at the predetermined times. The recorded content can then be used for occasions when the user is out of reach of an XM signal—on a plane or in a gym, for example. Murphy points out that the platform is easier to use than an MP3 player because XM2Go devices require no connection to a computer.
"In most cases we believe people will mostly use it in the live mode, particularly in the car or at home, and they'll use the memory mode to capture special events," he says.
Like all XM radio products, the LCD screen displays channel, artist and track information. Other on-screen features include a personal stock ticker and live sports scores from any major professional sports league, regardless of the channel playing. While listening in memory mode users can scroll through artist and track information similar to TiVo's now playing feature. If users want to remember the name of a song or artist, they can press the memo button, and the information is stored on the hard drive.