So, XM offers live breaking news, but you’re stuck with what they pick for you. Apple gives you all the storage space you want, a cocoon against the outside world, and a mostly useless color screen. Is it just me, or is it obvious that these companies should get together? What I really want is a wireless iPod that can suck down live updates or a MyFi that lets me play every track that XM has ever broadcast. Instead, I’m forced to choose between immediacy and control—or forced to spend $700 to have both. I’ll save my money and hope they solve my dilemma for me.

Slate’s Paul Butin on the iPod and how it stacks up against the new MyFi player from XM.