Washington - XM Satellite Radio announced yesterday the availability of the first satellite radio receiver for personal computers.
The XM PC Receiver (PCR) is a paper back book-sized unit that plugs into the USB port of a PC to allow access to all XM channels.
The XM PCR is unique in that it allows users advanced access features and does not tax the PC's microprocessor to deliver music, as in Internet Radio or in streaming music as used on the Sirius web site, said XM. It also does not create 'buffering' lags when switching or searching channels, said XM.
The XM PCR will begin shipping May 2 available through the Internet or mail order via PC Connection at www.pcconnection.com, or through XM's web site at xmpcr.xmradio.com. Suggested retail price is $69.95 including antenna. The PCR is expected to be offered through retailers in the future.
XM VP retail marketing and distribution Dan Murphy said the XM PCR user interface can be set to notify the user when a favorite artist is playing and to automatically tune to that channel. Users can re-sort the channel lineup to place their favorite stations first and can view which artists are playing on over 20 stations simultaneously while listening to another station.
The XM PCR includes a receiver, antenna, PC software CD-ROM, USB cable
and an audio cable. XM claims set up takes only a few minutes. Antennae extension cables will be available as an option.