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XM SkyDock Pairs iPods And iPhones With In-Car Service

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XM SkyDock

Between cell phones, iPods, satnav systems, plug-in toasters, and the countless "conveniences" found in modern vehicles, driving has become a serious challenge. Thankfully, Sirius XM is looking to make things a little easier by combining its subscription radio service with a new iPod/iPhone station. The XM SkyDock goes on sale this month, and it'll let you surf the XM airwaves via your handheld device, all while charging the battery. Sounds like a nifty holiday gift -- though of course, you could just download the free Sirius XM app and call it a day. [SiriusXM]

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Comments (5)
  1. Except that the SiriusXM iPhone app charges you a monthly fee ($3) on top of the regular subscription fee. I guess this is for people who don't have satellite radios in their cars -- they would pick up the stations via iPhone rather than the radio unit. But then you'd have to listen through the iPhone's puny speakers? The radio unit is the better option.

  2. No, the iPhone/iPod plugs into the stereo's auxiliary jack, so you'd listen to it through the car speakers. Sounds like it's for iPod/iPhone owners who want the satellite radio experience but without shelling out for a built-in system.
    My question: if it's music folks are after, why not just listen to the songs on their iPods?

  3. Simple. There's more than just music on Sirius/XM.

  4. If I am on a iphone plan in canada, and I am hooked up using iphone XM app, do I have to pay roaming fee's in the states on my iphone to use the app???

  5. @Joe: In all likelihood, yes -- but check with your service provider.

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