Find out more about Stiletto 2 - including a complete review - here.
So many people have been looking up this question, I thought I'd split my previous post into two and cut right to the chase! I've tried to consider the options and this is what I've come up with.
Cost: An iPod 'classic' will set you back $349 - twenty bucks more than the Stiletto 2. But you don't need to pay a monthly subscription to receive service (the Stiletto 2 will cost you $12.95 a month.) Bear in mind, though, that you'll have to buy content to listen to, either in the form of CD's you 'burn' through iTunes, or through iTunes itself (in which you pay for each individual song or album you buy.)
The $12.95 for a SIRIUS subscription - which delivers 130 channels of constantly live music and talk - would buy you less than fourteen songs a month via iTunes. And with the 'love' button, you can store twenty times that many songs absolutely free on your Stiletto 2, to listen to any time you want. Winner: Stiletto 2.
Looks: The Stiletto 2 is very clearly a product of the iPod generation. From the glossy black finish to the rotating media dial, the whole layout of the Stiletto 2 should feel intuitive to iPod users. The Stiletto 2 is a very attractive little device - but it's clearly riding on the iPod's coattails.
From the slick little iTouch to the elegance and simplicity of the iPod 'nano,' this is the stuff Apple do best and however groundbreaking the concept and execution of Stiletto 2 is, the physical design of the device was intentionally modeled on the iPod concepts. Winner: iPod.
Features: On the face of it, the iPod might appear to have the Stiletto 2 beat. Even the budget priced 80gb iPod 'Classic' has ten times as much storage as Stiletto 2 - and can play videos and display pictures on the tiny screen. If watching squinty versions of your favourite movies (compressed to the size of a postage stamp) is your sort of thing, the iPod is the clear winner. On the other hand, Stiletto 2 features all that live music and radio, which the iPod simply can't match. The only iPod contents you can enjoy, you have to buy and upload yourself.
There's no clear winner here - you just have to decide what it is you'll be using your handheld device for. If you're pretty sure you'll only be using it to listen to music and radio, the Stiletto 2 is the winner. If you fancy looking at pictures and watching videos - or have a music collection that takes up more than one room of your apartment - the iPod is for you. Winner: Draw.
'Cool' ness: An iPod is SO last year. What was once the must-have accessory is now utterly commonplace. The iPod 'Touch' is pretty 'cool', as is the Apple iPhone, but the recent Apple scandals (like dropping the price of the iPhone just two months after it first went on sale) has damaged Apple's 'hip' brand and made a lot of their most loyal customers look like chumps.
For the next year or so, the Stiletto 2 will certainly top the iPod in 'show off' stakes. Winner: Stiletto 2.
So the verdict is in, two to one the Stiletto 2 is a better bet this season than whatever Apple is touting from their iStore. The question is whether consumers will be brave enough to admit it.
SIRIUS is launching a pretty daring campaign by going head to head with Apple. For the last few years, no handheld music device has been taken seriously unless it has an 'i' in the name. Although there are plenty of other portable devices that play music and movies (like the Microsoft Xune) the iBrand has a stranglehold on the market.
However, the Stiletto 2 is standing out from the crowd by genuinely offering something Apple can't. Stiletto 2 features live radio - 130 channels of it. It's effortless, it's ingenious and it genuinely appeals to everybody. There's SIRIUS Channel 80 for my father, Channel 62 for my mother, my wife can get her Morrisey injection on Channel 8, my sister can stay top of the pops on Channel 1 and there's even the defining music from my brother's generation on Channel 23. And for me? A quiet evening in with the Chairman of the Board on Channel 75.
What's great about the Stiletto 2 - and head and shoulders above the iPod - is that all of this content is live. If you're listening to the Top 40 on Sirius Channel 1, you can hear, save and store the new 'Number One' the moment it's announced. It's coming at you fresh, unscripted and constantly updated in a way the iPod simply can't deliver.
Stiletto 2 is available across North America for $329.99 - and requires a monthly $12.95 subscription to listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio.