Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 11:00am
SiriusXM has officially launched its second receiver capable of taking advantage of the satellite radio broadcaster's new 2.0 service.
The Lynx offers a large touch screen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, runs on Android and is compatible with docks for cars and home stereos. It costs $250.
Because the device sports Wi-Fi, SiriusXM says it can tune into the company's Internet radio offerings. It can also rewind programming up to 5 hours, display album art, artist biographies and other information. The Lynx can also store up to 200 hours of programming, features "dynamic" presets and a show finder that displays programming for the next 7 days.
That's in addition to the 2.0 features we saw with the SiriusXM Edge (more here), which include the ability to rewind to the beginning of the currently-playing song or program and other DVR-like controls. SiriusXM 2.0 also boasts 20 new channels, including a dozen that make up the new SiriusXM Latino section.
If the Lynx looks familiar, it's because the device was leaked several times in late 2011. Once by the FCC in October (here) and then again later by Best Buy.
The real promise of the Lynx is the ability to update via Wi-Fi. "Lynx will offer even more options to manage our exclusive and expertly curated content through future software updates," said SiriusXM. That's good news, as there are "additional programming and expanded listener capabilities" coming in the months ahead.
You can find more from SiriusXM's press release here and from Engadget here.
SiriusXM 2.0 was launched in October (RAIN coverage here) with the SiriusXM Edge receiver. In December SiriusXM updated its iPhone and iPad apps with the 2.0 features (coverage here).