Samsung Electronics has formed a strategic alliance with XM Satellite Radio to create MP3 players with native support for XM’s radio programming. The devices won’t directly connect to the XM servi

Samsung Electronics has formed a strategic alliance with XM Satellite Radio to create MP3 players with native support for XM’s radio programming.

The devices won’t directly connect to the XM service. The flash-memory devices instead will connect to a home or car docking station receiving XM programming to record and store that content for later listening.

A XM spokesman said the devices will allow users to create playlists that combine recorded XM programming with digital music files from users’ personal libraries also stored on the device.

A Samsung representative said the devices will come in two storage capacity sizes that can handle from 25 to 50 hours of recorded programming. More details on the devices are expected this fall, with retail availability by the end of the year.