Whither Satellite Radio?

Media writer Frank Ahrens asks, “Can XM Put Radio Back Together Again?”

I still haven’t heard it, but would like to check it out. My concern is audio quality, since XM uses a lossy compression schema to cram in so many channels, and I understand that the bitrates are relatively low. Of course, the test lies in the listening.

A much bigger test lies in store for Sirius satellite radio, XM’s competitor. John at DIYmedia.net notes that the company just sold out to its creditors in exchange for $700 million of debt and $200 million cash.

It could just be that satellite radio is a little too late (and too expensive to launch). Not to knock on radio, but with mp3s, file sharing, streaming radio and audio services bundled with cable and satellite TV, I don’t know how many folks are willing to shell out that extra $10 for subscription radio. It’s not that the service isn’t necessarily worth it (and I’m not saying that it is worth it), so much as it’s one more thing.






One response to “Whither Satellite Radio?”

  1. Jeff Avatar

    You should really check out the MSN.COM
    “Message Boards”. Just go down to the right
    side of the main webpage abour half way down.
    You will see a box “Get Quote” , enter the
    ticker symbols SIRI , and you’ll find a very active message forum with mutltiple news and
    opinions on Satellite Radio.

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