If you own a vehicle with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capability and happen to have let your subscription lapse, we have good news for you. Sirius is allowing anyone with an expired subscription to listen to 60 of the service's channels free of charge from now until Sept. 11. What's more, all you have to do is turn on your radio to get listening. There are no codes involved or sweepstakes to enter. Pretty sweet.
Starting on Wednesday, May 4, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM will finally be almost completely indistinguishable from one another. Since their merger, the two satellite radio providers have sported the same channels, just on differently-numbered stations. Starting Wednesday, though, the channel sequences will be the same as well.
For customized music lovers out there who hate the burden of flipping through their iPods on the road (or, God forbid, turning the radio dial), BMW has quite the mellifluous news. The car company's North American outfit announced last Thursday that its BMW ConnectedDrive system is now fully compatible with the free Pandora internet radio iPhone app, the first third party app approved for the new BMW Apps feature (available for download here).
There are currently 19 million Sirius XM subscribers out there, and the vast majority of those cash-paying customers listen only in the car. Ford was among the earliest mass-market adopters of Sirius, as The Blue Oval made infotainment a big part of its vehicle strategy. But while Ford was an early passenger on the satellite bandwagon, another very popular technology could put the squeeze on pay-for-play radio.
Due to the recent merger of former satellite radio competitors Sirius and XM, and despite a recent rate hike, the newly formed Sirius XM conglomerate has a huge pile of debt and no cash on hand to pay it off. Fear not, lovers of radio from the sky, Liberty Media, owner of DirecTV satellite television, has just stepped up to the plate with a major infusion of moolah, which it will provide in exchange for 12.5 million shares of preferred stock that's convertible to a 40% equity stake in the compan
Sirius and XM have buried the hatchet and merged their content, to the likely displeasure of many. XM closes 15 stations while simultaneously adding 22 new selections to the lineup, and Sirius pretty much broke even, trading 11 stations for 10 new ones. As has always been the case, the sports fans fare the best. Reception is reportedly better, too, though we're sure the lossy-codec lack of fidelity still makes it all virtually unlistenable to anyone that pays attention. If you don't care that cy