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Pioneer XMp3

Pioneer XMp3
alaScore 74

13 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Pioneer XMp3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 13 reviews)

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Expert review by:

Pioneer XMp3


The successor to the excellent Pioneer Inno offers Sirius and XM content, expandability, and five-channel recording in a remarkable pocket-friendly device.

Excellent reception ; Simultaneous five-channel recording ; MicroSD/microSDHC Card slot ; Easy to use interface

Doesn't support album art ; No Mac support

If you’ve been waiting to partake of the portable satellite radio experience, this is the player to get—at least until the hybrid players come along that will enable users to cherry-pick channels from both XM and Sirius. Until then—which is anybody's...

Expert review by:

Pioneer XMp3


Pioneer's XMp3 is the sequel to the Inno, XM Radio's first stab at integrating its satellite radio service into an MP3-player size device. It was an impressive concept, and now Pioneer and XM have upped the ante with the $279.99 XMp3, which is smaller,...

Records up to five satellite radio stations simultaneously. Pauses live radio. Features a timed-record option for favorite programs. Also plays MP3s and WMAs

Has trouble receiving a signal indoors unless player is docked. Only 2GB of storage. Can't move recorded content onto a PC

Though limited in terms of file support and storage, the XMp3 is a great gadget for recording XM Satellite radio content and taking your subscription on the go.

Expert review by:

Pioneer XMP3


Pioneer's XMP3 is the best portable satellite radio receiver we've seen, but with less than 4 hours of battery life while receiving a signal, spotty reception, and sluggish MP3 navigation, it leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Good sound; bright screen; MicroSD expansion slot; well-designed navigation; lots of included accessories; removable battery

Poor battery life while receiving XM; spotty service; no video support; MP3 player is slow to respond to input and doesn't display album art; half of 2GB internal storage not available for MP3s

There’s no question that Pioneer has raised the bar for portable satellite music players with the XMP3, but there’s clearly room to raise it higher. Its compact design, excellent recording capabilities, and bright screen make the XMP3 a decent portable...


Consumer review by:

"Go with the original inno if you can"


This would be a great basic unit, however for... 

Would be a great unit for 20 or 30 bucks

cannot delete individual tracks, does not record what you tell it to, the wheel selector is ridiculous, way overpriced for what it really is

Consumer review by:

"a disappointing piece of junk"


To add insult to injury, XM wanted to charge ... 

Great size, great reception, great functionality

I have had two. Both units broke the same way... after 4 months, they completely froze (locks up on power up sequence)

Consumer review by:

"I get better reception with FM than with portable XM."


The XMp3 is a nice idea that falls short. Af... 

Recordable programing

TERRIBLE reception when not hooked up to a home or car antenna

Consumer review by:

"Poor for recording and no Mac support"


This device is next to useless if you are a M... 

Fairly small size and works OK in car if you install mount and external antenna and keep it on the same station

This has a clumsy interface to change channels, especially when driving. The control over scheduling records is poor and the large cutoff of the intro makes it almost useless. There is still no Mac support for the XM2go Manager

Consumer review by:

Pioneer XMP3


As a truck driver I bought this unit so I could use its portablity to move from one ruck o another and to use it while working outdoor or at the gym. The unit has great features but lacks when it comes to battery technology. I leave my unit in the dock...

The concept of multistation recording is great. micro sd card slot great for saving programs and listening to your favorite music

The battery life is poor when left in any of the docks. Buy an extra battery for backup. no menu feature to erase auto recordings

Consumer review by:

Pioneer XMP3


The XMp3 is a nice idea that falls short. After wandering around town with this radio I found that I lost signal every time I came close to a large building, traffic signal, or any neon signs. There was zero reception inside of any building. The radio...

Recordable programing

TERRIBLE reception when not hooked up to a home or car antenna

Consumer review by:

Pioneer XMP3


This would be a great basic unit, however for almost 200 dollars I expected a lot more. First you cannot delete individual tracks from playlists, second I had this thing for three days and it did not once record what i scheduled it to record (scheduled...

Would be a great unit for 20 or 30 bucks

cannot delete individual tracks, does not record what you tell it to, the wheel selector is ridiculous, way overpriced for what it really is


Product Specifications

Record what you love, listen when you want! Introducing the XMp3 radio, the best of both worlds: with the XMp3, the music never stops! Loved that song, really want to hear it again? Miss that MLB play or joke on one of the comedy channels? Pause and replay it. Know you'll miss the game? Record it and play it again the next day, or on the drive home, in the car with your kids? Listen to 20 on 20 or XMKiDs - while simultaneously recording the game, your favorite show, or the station you can't get enough of to listen later.

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Flash based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital recorder / XM radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:XM radio tuner / digital player


Run Time (Up To):16.5hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Dimensions & Weight


Flash Memory

Installed Size:2GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pioneer


Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty