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October 1, 2010

The XM Snap! portable in-vehicle satellite radio

The XM Snap! portable in-vehicle satellite radio

Satellite radio, while probably not that popular with the owners of your local radio stations, is great for those of us who want more variety in our listening choices. This is particularly true for people who live in smaller cities, that lack the population base to support stations that feature alternative content. Not everyone is willing to shell out for an in-dash satellite radio receiver for their vehicle, however, which is where many people do the majority of their radio-listening. SIRIUS XM is addressing that issue, with its new portable, transferable XM Snap! satellite radio.

The Snap! mounts on an adjustable stalk that attaches to the car’s power socket/cigarette lighter, from which it receives its power. It receives all the same stations as the company’s other models, but then retransmits them within the car, allowing users to listen to them through their stock in-dash radio – via a magnetic antenna. The Snap! can also output directly into an Aux-in connection, for vehicles that have one.

The controls are fairly basic. Arrow keys let users navigate through categories, rotary knobs allow them to change channels, and preset keys let them store favorite stations.

SIRIUS XM radio is also available as a smartphone app. As certain newer cars allow mobile device content to be played through the vehicle’s sound system, some people could also just go that route. The company already sells a product called the SkyDock, which allows users to play satellite radio from their phones through their car radios, although it costs almost twice as much as the new device.

The XM Snap! is available at U.S. retailers as of this month (no word yet on other markets) or via the company website, for US$59.99 plus subscription fees.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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3 Comments

Brilliant idea....

But I am kind of cringing a bit... sort of getting a bit "far too much" saturated in media of every description.

All yelling for my attention.

Mr Stiffy
3rd October, 2010 @ 07:55 pm PDT

A couple of questions:

Is the entire antenna enclosed in the unit? If so, does that produce as good reception as a remote antenna?

If one already has an XM account, can we purchase this unit for our vehicle and use our previous unit at home and on the boat on the same subscription, as long as we don't use both at the same time?

Facebook User
29th October, 2010 @ 03:32 pm PDT

I have a Mini Cooper. The power socket/cigarette lighter lies flat on the consol.

Will the XM snap maneuver enough to plug in?

Mark Stephens
22nd May, 2013 @ 09:01 am PDT
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