Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM's website and audio electronics retailer Crutchfield.com began selling the advanced satellite radio receiver last night. Traditional retailers will shortly follow.
Yes, this is the same Lynx that was inadvertently leaked on Best Buy's
Sirius XM 2.0 received plenty of hype earlier this year, only to come to a screeching halt when the original Edge receiver failed to live up to the promised expectations. Beyond offering access to roughly two dozen additional channels -- roughly half devoted to Sirius XM's underserved Latino programming -- the Edge wasn't really much of an evolutionary upgrade.
Lynx, on the other hand, is the real deal.
The small Android-based receiver streams music wherever Wi-Fi is freely available. There are also home, car, and portable docking systems that allow subscribers to play traditional satellite broadcasts. The dual nature of the radio will make it popular for those willing to pay a few extra bucks a month on top of the conventional satellite subscription to have access to the broader streaming service.
Lynx introduces the promised "Start Now" feature, giving the gadget "on demand" access to content stored in enough flash memory to record 200 hours worth of content. Taking another page out of the TiVo
Lynx isn't perfect. Since the core receiver only plays back Internet content, it's not as if it will be useful for a jogger or commuter unless they're blanketed by free connectivity. The price -- $319.98 with either the vehicle kit or home docking system -- is also a bit steep.
However, Lynx does raise the bar here at a time when Pandora
Back in August, Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin promised that there would be two Sirius XM 2.0 retail receivers hitting the market this year. With just a couple of days to spare, Karmazin has delivered.
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