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Satellite Radio Merger: The Beginning of the End?
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November 19, 2008 | by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sirius and XM have finally joined forces, but is this good news for listeners?

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Posted by P. Allen  on  11/24  at  11:19 AM

The merger took away a few Sirius channels that I loved (the throwback rap station that played stuff from the 80s and EARLY 90s)......should have known something was up when the play list started creeping up in years over the past couple of weeks to the point they were playing songs that were only 6 or seven years old (not my definition of oldie) and as stated above the compression
makes all of the stations sound absolutely horrible. What good is “digital radio” when it sounds like AM? Sounds like Clear Channel all over again except now they are in space.

Posted by John  on  12/04  at  05:57 PM

Regardless of Richard Sherwin’s view of satellite radio, terrestrial radio is dying and will continue to die as more and more people realize how great satellite radio really is. If ad revenue is continually dropping, there is a reason for this. Ratings must be dropping as well. Does that mean more people are driving around listening to CD’s or MP3 player? Quite possibly. Does it mean that terrestrial radio is losing listeners to satellite radio? More than likely. Reuters reported on ad revenue for radio stations:

http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSTRE4B287U20081203

Posted by barney  on  12/04  at  06:59 PM

i have to go with Vandenbroek on this one. internet radio is a major threat to both terrestrial and satellite. lower costs, larger reach, and an infrastructure that is growing exponentially every year. 5-6yrs down the road i wouldn’t be surprised if it was the most popular “format” for distributed audio (and video for that matter). i’m not saying the other mediums will be gone, just not the players they are today. in fact, i suspect terrestrial and satellite will expand their web offerings considerably in then next few years. most stations already are.

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