XM Introduces Satellite Radio for PC

XM Introduces Satellite Radio for PC


XM Satellite Radio, satellite radio service provider has announced the introduction of the first satellite radio receiver designed for personal computers. The XM PC Receiver, or “XM PCR,” makes the tremendous breadth of XM’s 101 digital music, entertainment and news channels available to computer users at home, work, school and on the go without the need for an Internet connection. At a suggested retail price of $69.95, XM PCR is available exclusively from online retailer PC Connection (Nasdaq: PCCC) at www.pcconnection.com, or through XM’s website at xmpcr.xmradio.com or by phone at 1-888-213-0260.

“XM has created a very simple, elegant and inexpensive way to listen to the variety of music, news, sports and talk people crave during their day. Now the XM radio revolution is a mouse-click away for the millions of Americans who daily spend hours at their computers,” said XM President and CEO Hugh Panero. “Meanwhile, it is well-known that Internet streaming places a terrible burden on a computer’s connections and resources, and the beauty of XM PCR is that it makes no such demands. XM PCR delivers all of the music with none of the frustration.”

The XM PCR provides listeners with XM’s acclaimed digital surround sound stereo, a vast improvement over the sound quality of Internet audio streaming. Additionally, XM’s signal is captured directly from XM’s two satellites and terrestrial repeaters so there are no “buffering” delays or slow channel searching and changing, effectively turning a computer into an XM radio. Recognizing the computer’s place as the home’s entertainment center, XM engineered PCR so users can play games and explore the Web without restriction or slowdown, all while listening to 101 channels of exceptional programming.

XM PCR also features a simple but dynamic user interface giving listeners a chance to view the music choices on multiple channels simultaneously. Users can easily personalize the display to show their favorite channels, and see everything playing on these channels at the same time. They also can save song titles and artist names for future reference.

PC Connection is a leading direct marketer of technology and business solutions, and one of the nation’s most innovative direct-order enterprises. XM PCR customers will be fully supported by PC Connection’s industry-leading toll-free technical support.

“We are excited to be introducing this innovative new entertainment and information choice for PC users,” said PC Connection’s Executive Vice President Robert Wilkins. “We strive to offer the best new technologies to our customers, and XM PCR’s significant advantages over Internet radio streaming make it a strongly appealing product.”

The XM PCR includes a receiver, antenna, PC software CD-ROM, USB cable (providing power to the receiver as well as the data connection to the PC) and an audio cable. Set up, installation and activation takes only a few minutes. Users will have the opportunity to download subsequent versions of the XM PCR software with added functionality. In addition, antennae extension cables will be available as an accessory.

To learn more about the XM PCR; XM’s array of award winning products for the car, home and on the go, including the revolutionary Delphi XM SKYFi receiver and boombox; and its 101 channels of critically acclaimed programming, visit the XM website at www.xmradio.com.