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Couldya' Play That Back??

Couldya' Play That Back???
by Gary Woods

The one comment I hear more than any other when it comes to technology is, "I want it all in one place." Well up until now if you wanted Satellite Radio you got one device and if you wanted to listen to MP3s you got another and then if you wanted to record them there was a third. But all that was before Pioneer came out with the Pioneer Inno.

With this thing you can listen to and record live XM Satellite Radio on the go as well as listen to your pre-recorded MP3s. By letting you mix radio content with your music collection, this machine could change the way you listen to music.

The 1.7 inch color screen displays the artists, song title, and channel to which you're listening. To record the current song, you just hold down the XM button at the center of the Inno's control panel. You can continuously record from one channel or schedule a time to record.

To switch from live radio to your recordings you press the Mode button, and follow the very intuitively laid out menu to organize your music into playlists. And the cool part is that you can mix recorded radio tracks with music you uploaded to the device into one playlist.

The included software shows you the songs stored on the player and lets you upload your own tracks. At $400 it's not cheap, but hey, aren't you the one who wanted it all?

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc