Satellite radio company Sirius XM announces the impending release of the SkyDock, which allows users to connect to satellite radio via their Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. The SkyDock is expected to be released in the fall for $119.99.
Satellite radio service company Sirius XM Radio debuted a device that turns
Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch digital music player into a receiver for
satellite radio signals.
The Sirius XM SkyDock, which the company said will retail for $120 when it
launches in the fall, acts as a dock by plugging into the base of the device,
providing power as well as linking it to Sirius XM's satellite radio signal.
The company noted, however, that although the device has been granted
preliminary approval by the Federal Communications Commission, it is still
undergoing evaluation by the FCC.
Other features include the ability to switch between portrait and landscape
mode as well as the ability to "tag" a song that's playing on the radio and
purchase it later through the iTunes music store. The SkyDock also allows users
to stream audio either through line-out (used for a connection between audio
sources to an amplifier or recording device) or via Sirius XM's PowerConnect
system, which works directly through the existing vehicle power system to offer
do-it-yourself installation with reduced wires and connections.
"XM SkyDock will allow millions of users to add live Sirius XM Radio
capability to their iPod Touch or iPhone while in their vehicle," said Bob Law,
Sirius XM Radio's group vice president and general manager for the aftermarket
division. "XM SkyDock makes their favorite programming from XM and -The Best of
Sirius' available to iPod Touch and iPhone users anywhere they drive, coast to
Other features include game alerts and artist and song alerts, and a sports and
a stock ticker. An Aux In Cable is a standard in-box accessory to facilitate
Aux In connections in vehicles with Aux In capability. Accessories include
Magnetic Mount Antenna and spacers to accommodate the various iPod Touch and
iPhone product generations. The company said the SkyDock is compatible with
iPod Touch (first and second generations), iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
All models require iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
The SkyDock expands the company's relationship with Apple,
as Sirius XM announced in June the release of an iPhone application that serves
as a mobile extension of a user's paid satellite radio service. The application,
which allows users to access more than 120 channels, comes with a seven-day
free trial, at which point a prospective user must subscribe to keep listening.
However, the mobile application does not feature Howard Stern as part of the
accessible lineup, though Sirius XM made the Howard Stern Show available to
iPhone and iPod Touch users as a free download from the iTunes store.