A Smarter Satellite Radio

The newest XM player learns what you like and records it, no tutoring involved

A player worthy of Doc Frankenstein. XM’s newest offering makes sure you never miss your favorite broadcasts; the XMp3 can record up to five stations at once. But the recording multiple channels concurrently feature pales in comparison to its Tivo-like brain. It notes which stations you listen to most and records them at least once a day.

And, lest the 170 live channels or 30 hours recorded content bore; MicroSD lets you load 8 gigs of your own music onto the player (hence the “Mp3” part). If this iPod-on-steroids doesn’t bring users into the satellite radio fray, we’re going to bet nothing will.