XM Passport: The First 'Mini' XM Tuner Offers XM Technology in a Tiny, Portable Cartridge XM and Audiovox Introduce XM Passport, the Miniature Tuner That Delivers XM

Satellite Radio to Home Stereos, DVD Players, Car Radios, Portable Audio

Players, and More



    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the
 nation's leading satellite radio company, and Audiovox today unveiled the XM
 Passport, a tiny, portable tuner that delivers XM Satellite Radio to an
 expanding portfolio of XM Ready products for the home, car, and portable use
 utilizing XM Connect and Play technology.
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     The XM Passport measures only 1.3 inches wide, 1.65 inches long, 0.44
 inches thick, yet this miniature cartridge contains the entire XM radio tuner
 needed to deliver XM Satellite Radio to a wide array of XM Ready products,
 including home stereo and home theater systems, DVD players, mini/micro-shelf
 systems, car radios, clock radios, boomboxes, and the new Samsung NEXUS XMP3
 digital audio player.  The XM Passport is inserted into a docking station
 connected to the product, or it is inserted directly into a port offered by
 the manufacturer, and it will deliver XM Satellite Radio to the product.
     The XM Passport is approximately 40 times smaller than the original trunk
 mount XM radio tuners introduced just four years ago.
     An XM subscriber can easily move the XM Passport from one product to
 another, allowing the subscriber to receive XM Satellite Radio on many devices
 with only one subscription.  The XM Passport is a standard platform that is
 completely inter-operable among XM Ready systems.  XM Passport sets a new
 standard for satellite radio technology in terms of the ease of use and
 affordability, delivering an unmatched simplicity in customer experience.
     "The XM Passport is a tiny little tuner that is going to make a big impact
 on satellite radio," said Dan Murphy, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing
 and Distribution, XM Satellite Radio.  "Millions of home, car, and portable
 products will use the XM Passport as the gateway to XM Satellite Radio.  It's
 a passport to the whole world of music, sports, talk, and entertainment
 choices available on XM.  This is a major breakthrough for XM in terms of
 offering customers portability, affordability, and convenience."
     In commenting on the announcement, Pat Lavelle, President and CEO of
 Audiovox, said, "Audiovox is thrilled to be the main distribution arm for this
 new and exciting breakthrough in XM Satellite Radio technology as it
 complements our portfolio of XM products," Lavelle further stated, "We are
 also excited about the opportunity for our company to develop other Passport
 compatible products for both the consumer and mobile markets."
     Consumers can purchase an XM Passport for $29.99 (MSRP) and home and car
 docking stations ($29.99 each) at retailers beginning in spring 2006.
     The XM Passport will come bundled with the upcoming Samsung NEXUS XM/MP3
 digital audio players and connect to the home docking station (supplied) and
 car dock (optional).  The user can carry the one XM Passport between home and
 car docks for live reception of XM's signal in both environments.
     The XM Passport delivers XM to a variety of XM Ready home audio systems
 that use XM Connect and Play technology.  Manufacturers offering home audio
 systems equipped with XM Connect and Play technology in 2006 include Yamaha,
 Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony, LGE, JVC, Audiovox, Samsung, Eton, Polk
 Audio, Crosley, Sharper Image, Oritron, SDI, GPX, and others.
     "The XM Passport is a whole new audio format, in the same way that CDs and
 MP3s are audio formats," Murphy added.  "You can take a CD from the stereo to
 the car, or take an MP3 file from the computer to the portable player.  With
 the XM Passport, you can take XM from one product to the next to listen. It
 goes wherever you go."
 
     About XM Satellite Radio
     XM (Nasdaq:   XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service.
 Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and
 Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM offers 160 digital channels of
 choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, premier
 sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most
 advanced traffic and weather information.
     XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for
 the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota,
 Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130
 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are
 available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information
 about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit
 http://www.xmradio.com.
 
     Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
 the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM
 Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third
 party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other
 risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-07-05. Copies of the filing are
 available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.
 
 

SOURCE XM Satellite Radio

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