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Portable satellite radio/MP3 players introduced at CES

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LAS VEGAS – While video, especially the portable variety, is making the bigger splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, much is also happening with devices that meld satellite radio and portable music players.Pioneer Electronics and Samsung Electronics introduced MP3 players that also include service from XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.The Pioneer Inno and the Samsung Helix XM2go are about the size of a deck of cards and can store a listener’s own music collection ripped from CDs as well as XM programming. Both devices save music in the popular MP3 and WMA formats.Listeners can also bookmark songs heard on XM, then later purchase downloads of the songs for 99 cents from the Napster music download and subscription service.The Inno and Helix XM2go will both retail for about $399 and will be available by March.Samsung is also offering an even smaller music player called the Nexus. The two units will not have built-in XM tuners, like the Helix. Instead, they’ll receive XM signals when placed in a docking station along with the XM Passport, a small 1.3-inch by 1.65-inch cartridge that serves as a portable satellite radio tuner.When taken out of the docking stations, the $200 Nexus 25 will play up to 25 hours of recorded XM radio content or songs, while the $250 Nexus 50 will hold 50 hours.Top competitor Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. isn’t sitting idle, either.On Wednesday, Thomson Multimedia said it was partnering with RCA and GE to roll out several new Sirius-enabled audio systems this summer, priced between $119 and $299.The $299 bookshelf audio system has a five-CD changer, and can rip CDs directly onto an MP3 player via a USB port. Listeners can also record Sirius and FM radio broadcasts on the system’s MP3 player.Thomson’s $299 home theater system has a five-DVD or CD changer, and the $119 under-cabinet kitchen audio system has a CD player.The new products require a small Sirius receiver and antenna kit known as SiriusConnect ($50) that was unveiled Thursday.Separately, auto supplier Delphi Corp. plans to supply XM radio receivers for three Hyundai models to Hyundai Motor America, a unit of Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co.Hyundai is the first auto maker to add satellite radio as a standard feature to all its vehicles, said Delphi.Troy, Mich.-based Delphi will provide the receivers for Hyundai’s Santa Fe, Azera and Elantra models. Delphi didn’t disclose terms of the Hyundai deal.Delphi also announced it had made a “significant” investment in Spanish startup Ondas Media, which hopes to launch Europe’s first satellite radio network by 2009.Ondas estimates the European market could represent more than $1 billion in subscriber revenue early next decade.Vail, Colorado

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