One day, I realized I needed new music. Problem is: where to find it? None of my friends share my taste in music. I hate local radio. And I tend to listen to music on the go.
So one day I asked Twitter, “What do you think of Sirius?” Taylor Mitchell from TSS-Radio was on the case and offered me an offer I couldn’t refuse. He offered a Stiletto 2 for review, and let me keep it if I like it. So will I keep it? Hell yeah! Let me explain.
It’s a Satellite Radio
This is what the Stiletto 2 does best — and for good reason. Satellite radio is clear, lacks static that comes with terrestrial radio, and offers affordable but premium service. If you’ve used satellite radio before, you know what to expect.
What makes the Stiletto 2 different is portability. You can listen to satellite radio when jogging — try doing that with most satellite receivers. Just be sure to be under clear blue sky.
My favourite feature of satellite radio is the ability to record songs you like. When Sirius means “record”, what they really mean is you can store the entire song on the Stiletto 2 for perpetuity. As soon as you hear it, you get to keep it for no extra fee. That beats Zune subscriptions any day.
It’s an Internet Radio
If you can’t access satellite radio, you can receive Sirius progamming through WiFi. The bitrate quality isn’t on par with satellite, but if you need your Howard Stern fix, it suffices.
Again, it is nice to have a portable device that accesses radio through Internet. I can’t carry a laptop around when I’m in the gym, nor is streaming internet radio from a tower convenient. Why not get radio direct from WiFi? That’s exactly what the Stiletto 2 does.
Unfortunately, you cannot record music off the Internet like you can off satellite. I assume the RIAA has something to do with this.
It’s an MP3 Player
As is, the Stiletto 2 has 2GB of onboard storage. However, a 16GB micro SD card can be inserted for total storage of 18GB. This gives the Stiletto 2 more storage capacity than a high end iPod Nano.
The Stiletto 2 is an excellent device for music. Like an iPod, its got a scroll wheel for easy navigation. Unlike an iPod, it can be used with a plethora of music services like Yahoo! Music, Rhapsody, and Napster.
Here’s something other MP3 players cannot do: if you’re listening to Internet radio, you can mark a track for purchase at a later date. That makes for easy remembering.
3 1/2 stars is my rating for the Stiletto 2. It’s not the perfect music device but it fits my lifestyle and does what it’s supposed to do. My biggest criticism is the Stiletto 2’s inability to record music off Internet radio. One other minor quibble is that the Stiletto 2 needs clear blue sky to work well.
Should you buy it? Absolutely. And if you do, be sure to check out TSS-Radio because they have excellent service and treat their customers well. Also be sure to follow @TSSTaylor and @TSSMario on Twitter for excellent insight into the satellite radio industry.