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Great App/Product
After burning out my XMP3 (shorted out the unit when swaping aux input wires - The wire for the XMP3 dropped perfectly into the "cigarette lighter" shorting out my XMP3 - unhappy). I decided to give this a try with my IPOD. When adding this to my XM account I had to call XM as the radio ID was not recocnized online. But after that I love it... I like the fact (as others have stated) that I can switch from XM to stored music at the touch of an icon (and avoiding aux wire swap problems). At this time the 12 presets do not bother me as I never really used this much, but I think more would be a benefit to others. Having a 32 gb ipod it would be nice if the app could be compatable with pausing and maybe even recording like the XMP3 but I didnt have that option at one time so only time will tell. Other than a few minor wants rather than needs the sound is great and worth it if you've already spent 300 on an ipod and dont want to spend another 200+ for the XMP3...
Joe Leyare on Nov 11, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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Great app!
As other reviewers have noted, you do need an XM subscription for the Skydock to work. For those of you who are familiar with how satellite radio works, each dock contains the unique eight character code you need to activate it. You can do this online, but if you want to replace one of your existing radios with the Skydock, then you do need to call and do battle with an XM customer rep. They can be quite annoying in trying to convince you that you can still use the older radio in another car, or your home, or whatever. There is a $15 charge to switch radios (the same amount as it costs to activate a new radio). One of the best things about it is the favorites screen. It's much easier to use than on either the Inno or the XMP3. If you're in the "favorites mode," all the channels you've added (up to display) will display. In addition to the channel number, each little square will also display a bit of the channel logo. That makes it easier to see from a distance. I prefer to display my favorites all the time, essentially creating a screen with 12 presets. The song/artist will still display near the top of the screen. Love that! I did encounter one glitch: The artist/song titles locked up on me. Regardless of what song was playing, the artist/title info did not change. I checked several other of my favorite channels, and they were all showing the incorrect info. I exited the app and after a few seconds went back into it. At that point everything was fine, and the song info was updating correctly.This happened one afternoon after having used the skydock 8-12 hours a day for over a week, so it apparently is not a major problem. While the app itself is free, you may need to upgrade to the latest iPhone/Touch software. Otherwise it won't load onto your iPod or phone. Version 3.1 is the most recent and it's $4.99. Not a big deal, but be aware of it.
Lugosi2k on Nov 10, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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Needs more presets...
Good app, does what it's supposed to do (after you spend $120 on the SkyDock, of course). Definitely needs more presets; 12 just doesn't cut it. Add another dozen presets and I'll be happy. Not related to the app, but I do get a small bit of engine noise/alternator whine from my speakers that I didn't get with the Belkin Tunebase, all else being equal (both connected to aux. in, not FM modulator).
Fierotech on Nov 9, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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AWESOME Software
I honestly can not believe that XM created such an awesome product for FREE that not only allows you to use your iPhone as a satellite receiver, but also allows you to play your personal iTunes songs through your car speakers with great sound quality with their car dock purchased.

The only downside is that sometimes the software app doesn't respond as quickly as it should when trying to select a station. I'm glad that the software was free which allows me to still rate this product with 5 stars. Way to go, XM.
Cadilover on Nov 5, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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Worked good but.....
Worked great as an XM unit. But was a pain any time I needed my phone. I returned it. Will consider purchasing again when they add bluetooth so I can use my phone while it's docked.
Devlon on Nov 5, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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Can't get a FM transmitter to work in LA
I bought this skydock hoping it would work with my current radio system. I used to have Belkin, but it won't charge my iphone. This is would charge my iphone.. so I thought it would be an awesome choice. Unfortunately, I could not find ONE station that would work in Los Angeles. I drive from Burbank to Santa Monica every day, and I have tried every single channel on my radio. I called customer service and they told me I should have called before I purchase Skydock so they would let me know it wouldn't work well in LA. Hmm?? So should I call Victoria Secret before I buy a bra so they can tell me it won't fit my body shape too??? Weird concept. Sorry, sending it back to the store!
LAgirl011 on Nov 3, 2009 for XM SkyDock
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