Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. previewed today at the Consumer Electronics Show the Pioneer AirWare personal XM2Go player, a compact hand-held receiver that, with a paid XM Satellite Radio subscription, can receive XM Radio broadcasts including 130 channels of music, sports, talk and news. The personal player will come equipped with a home, car and personal kit, making it simple to adapt to a consumer's listening environment in the living room, office, in the car or the gym. The AirWare also will feature 128MB of memory that will be able to store up to five hours of XM broadcasts for playback during times when reception is inaccessible, such as in tunnels or on subways.
“The Pioneer AirWare is designed to go anywhere,” said Michael Townsen, director of marketing for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “It's small, lightweight, and with the home and car kits, consumers will enjoy XM's broad range of programming.”
- On the Go: At only 7.2 ounces, the Pioneer AirWare will feature an integrated XM antenna and receiver, making it the ultimate audio entertainment companion for consumers on the go. The unit will come with ear bud headphones and a belt clip.
- At Home: The AirWare quickly and easily becomes part of the home entertainment center. Equipped with a home antenna, cradle, RCA cables and a wireless remote control, the unit can be integrated via connection through RCA inputs or FM modulation.
- On the Road: Integration in the car is just as simple as at home. A car cradle, cigarette lighter power adaptor and a car antenna come with the AirWare, allowing consumers to listen to XM transmission through FM modulation or via cassette adaptor.
Designed for easy control and quick access, the AirWare features numerical keys for direct channel access and a scroll wheel. Users can store up to 30 of their favorite channels on the AirWare's presets and they will be able to see channel information, artist and song names on its 2.5-inch LCD display. Pioneer’s AirWare player is expected to be available in spring 2005 for a suggested retail price of $350 and a $9.95 monthly subscription to XM Satellite Radio.
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America's #1 satellite radio service with more than 2.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2004 lineup includes more than 130 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 one-hundred-percent commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; more than 40 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.
Popular Science recently chose XM products for two prestigious "Best of What's New 2004" Awards. As the Official Satellite Radio Network for Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Exclusive Satellite Radio Service for NASCAR, as well as the Official Satellite Radio Service for ACC, PAC-10 and Big-10 collegiate football and basketball, XM Satellite Radio is the industry leader in sports radio programming, offering thousands of live sporting events each year.
Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier products.