Forbes: Ditch the iPod for Sirius S50

sirius-s50-2.jpgIn the upcoming 11/14 copy of Forbes Magazine, Bruce Upbin writes:

“I’m sick of the songs on my iPod, even my Glenn Gould and Johnny Cash albums. But it would be absurd to refill my 10-gigabyte iPod at the iTunes Music Store, as it would cost me $2,000, not to mention hours spent figuring out what’s worth owning. Better idea:Pay $5 to $10 a month for a subscription service from Yahoo, Rhapsody or Napster that recommends music and loads up my player for far less, as long as I keep paying for the service.

Best idea:Give the iPod away and get Sirius Satellite Radio’s slick new S50 for $360. For $13 a month I get sports, talk and news, plus 65 commercial-free music stations programmed by people way more knowledgeable about music than I am.”

Crutchfield is offering the S50 for $279.99 with $50 mail-in rebate and free shipping in many cases. I don’t get anything from it, but it’s a pretty good deal. I’ve ordered one and will post more thoughts here when it arrives. I hope it supports PlaysforSure so I can get subscription music AND satellite radio in one.

5 comments

  1. Todd says:

    Is it compatible with "to go" subscriptions from Napster and Yahoo? The Sirius web site doesn’t mention this, so I’m guessing that it is not. Too bad, since this would then be the perfect portable.

  2. ac says:

    "For $13 a month I get sports, talk and news, plus 65 commercial-free music stations programmed by people way more knowledgeable about music than I am."

    Sounds good until you consider the fact that for slightly more a month you might have a fast enough mobile internet connection to stream most of the thousands of free streamed radios. And the added benefit of getting google at your pocket.

    When someone comes up with a $13 a month service that allows a drill down/style narrowing by various means in addition to search into a catalogue that’s .. for starters.. better than the readily available p2p and other questionable offerings, then I am listening. But so far it’s hard to find a service that would have even 1/10000 of the songs in some of the non-pop genres. Or perhaps 1/100000 would be more realistic guess.

  3. Michelle says:

    Does anyone have both an ipod and a sirius s50 installed on one computer? I’m having a problem installing the s50 software. I’m thinking ipod has some sort of block with other mp3 software…any input?

  4. Cellulite says:

    I saw a great Hi-Fi device for iPod. The real thing for Hi-Fi fans and iPod. Thanks for post!

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