XM Satellite Radio Meets MP3 Music Downloads & Bookmarking
Is search & bookmarking going full circle or what? With the AlwaysOn generation having to always be looking for some 2.0 style of new device, bookmarking has expanded from the web and personalized search and onto the XM Satellite radio service with new devices which allow for the bookmarking of songs one hears on satellite radio and the saving (or downloading) of those songs in MP3 format. Businessweek reports that Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics are both rolling out MP3 players that include XM’s radio service.
The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix XM2go players, handheld devices expected to be released in the first quarter, will have flash memory, so listeners can save and store XM programming, and will have a bookmark function to save songs heard on the radio.
For the more price-conscious consumer, Samsung also is rolling out the Samsung NEXUS 25 player, which will retail at $199.99 and can store up to 25 hours of programming, and the Samsung NEXUS 50, which will retail at $249.99, and can store up to 50 hours of programming.
Given the Apple Store’s new position of the Sam Goody of the 21st Century (being the most popular shopping mall destination in the Annapolis Mall yesterday), I’d like to go out on a limb by saying that we should all expect some kind of iPod download bookmarking of XM Satellite Radio in the near future if not by next Christmas. Also do not be surprised when Yahoo enters this hot market.