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Siri: your personal radio deejay?

I am checking out this YouTube preview of iTunes radio. Seems like a pretty functional service at first glance. You can customize channels and such, just as you can with Pandora, Spotify, Google All Access and the rest. But then there is the Siri interface. “Play Radiohead Radio,” the user commands. “Station Radiohead Radio playing!” […]

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Liberty Media moves towards majority stake in SiriusXM - what does it mean for subscribers?

Liberty Media moves towards majority stake in SiriusXM – what does it mean for subscribers?

Things are staying eventful for SiriusXM. Liberty Media this week continued its ongoing campaign to take control of the satellite radio provider by buying up 40 million additional shares of the company, bringing its total ownership to 48.8%, up from its 40% stake back in March. Liberty‚Äôs intent here is clear. In a a recent […]

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SiriusXM's Karmazin pretty much admits it's good to be a monopoly

SiriusXM’s Karmazin pretty much admits it’s good to be a monopoly

Last Thursday, on the eve of the company’s tenth anniversary celebration with Bruce Springsteen, SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin appeared for a thirteen minute interview on Jim Cramer’s CNBC investment show Mad Money. There are two big questions on the mind of satellite radio watchers: will John Malone’s Liberty Media buy up more of SiriusXM, and […]

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SiriusXM turns a profit, plans to offer on-demand programs and personalized radio

SiriusXM announced its 4th quarter 2011 results today, revealing that the company turned a profit and reached 8.7 million subscribers, with 1.7 net subscribers added last year. While those numbers apparently look good both to the company and investors, SiriusXM is only holding on to 44% of subscribers who get a free trial when they […]

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Is Howard Stern still worth $100 million a year? He thinks so.

Is Howard Stern still worth $100 million a year? He thinks so.

Tuesday morning on his radio program Howard Stern reportedly discussed his ongoing contract negotiations with Sirius satellite radio, announcing that, “I am not taking a f—ing paycut.” His tirade was in response to comments made by Sirius CFO David Frear at a UBS investor conference where he hinted that a new contract with Stern might […]

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