Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics introduced MP3 players that also include service from XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix XM2go are about the size of a deck of cards and can store a listener’s own music collection ripped from CDs as well as XM programming. Both devices save music in the popular MP3 and WMA formats.
Samsung is also offering an even smaller music player called the Nexus. The two units will not have built-in XM tuners, like the Helix. Instead, they’ll receive XM signals when placed in a docking station along with the XM Passport, a small 1.3-inch by 1.65-inch cartridge that serves as a portable satellite radio tuner.
When taken out of the docking stations, the $200 Nexus 25 will play up to 25 hours of recorded XM radio content or songs, while the $250 Nexus 50 will hold 50 hours.
Top competitor Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. isn’t sitting idle, either.
On Wednesday, Thomson Multimedia said it was partnering with RCA and GE to roll out several new Sirius-enabled audio systems this summer, priced between $119 and $299.
The $299 bookshelf audio system has a five-CD changer, and can rip CDs directly onto an MP3 player via a USB port. Listeners can also record Sirius and FM radio broadcasts on the system’s MP3 player.