Samsung presents XM radio enabled digital audio players

Posted on Thursday, Jan 05 2006 @ 01:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Samsung today presented three new portable audio players that feature XM satellite radio and MP3 playback. The leading product in the Samsung XM product line is the Samsung Helix XM2go player. The Samsung Helix is a major breakthrough in consumer electronics, offering live XM reception for portable listening, and it stores MP3s, WMA files, and XM content for playback anywhere, anytime. Plus, Helix has a revolutionary feature that lets the user "bookmark" songs heard on XM for online purchase from the XM + Napster service.

The Samsung Helix will be available in the first quarter of 2006 for $399.99.
>br> Additionally Samsung also presented a portable line of XMP3 digital audio players that receive live XM Radio reception when connected to a home docking station or car dock.

The Samsung NEXUS 25 player is priced at $199.99 and stores up to 25 hours of XM programming, and the Samsung NEXUS 50 is priced at $249.99 and stores up to 50 hours of XM content. Both will be available in the first quarter of 2006. Like Helix, the Samsung NEXUS players allow the user to "bookmark" songs heard on XM for purchase from the XM + Napster online service.

Samsung Helix XM2go features:
  • weighs approximately 4.5 ounces and measures approximately 3.7 inches high, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.6 inch deep.
  • Live XM Satellite Radio on the go, in the car, or at home
  • Flash memory for MP3 files, WMA files, and XM content; Samsung Helix can store up to 50 hours of XM programming.
  • Color display screen
  • Easy-to-use interface, which lets users save and delete content, create personal playlists, and find and play back their favorite songs
  • XM + Napster feature that allows users to bookmark the names of songs heard on XM, connect the Samsung Helix player to the PC, and purchase the bookmarked tracks instantly from the XM + Napster online service.
  • The ability to store XM content by song, by channel, or by scheduled session
  • Ability to create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection
  • Enhanced storage features, which allow more recording sessions at various times, as well a memory buffer for "catching" the beginning of a song
  • Customizable stock ticker and sports ticker
  • Category list for saving and accessing favorite channels
  • TuneSelect, which alerts the listener to a favorite artist or song whenever it is played on any XM channel
  • Integrated, wireless FM transmitter for beaming XM to any FM radio frequency.
  • Samsung NEXUS XMP3 players features:
  • weigh approximately 4.4 ounces and measure approximately 3.4 inches high, 1.8 inches wide, and 0.6 inch deep.
  • Live XM Satellite Radio when docked in a home or car docking station
  • Memory storage for XM content, MP3s, and WMAs for portable listening; NEXUS 25 stores up to 25 hours of XM content, and NEXUS 50 stores up to 50 hours of XM content
  • XM + Napster feature that allows users to bookmark the names of songs heard on XM, connect the Helix player to the PC, and purchase the bookmarked tracks instantly from the XM + Napster online service.
  • Easy-to-use interface, which lets users save and delete content, create personal playlists, and find and play back their favorite songs
  • The ability to store XM content by song, by channel, or by scheduled session
  • Ability to create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection
  • Category list for saving and accessing favorite channels
  • The Samsung NEXUS players come packaged with the XM Passport mini tuner cartridge, which delivers XM programming to the Samsung NEXUS through the home docking station. The NEXUS comes with all the accessories needed for home and portable use.


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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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