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  • Father's Day Wishlist: What to buy for Pop on Sunday

    I’ve been going through the items I’ve seen and bought this year and thought I’d share a few things that would make me particularly happy this Father’s Day. To that end, I’ve collected a mish-mash of items that might make dad smile a bit more readily than a tie and cologne set from Donald Trump’s fashion collection. Canon G10 I had to send this camera back… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Pioneer XMp3, Home & Vehicle Kit for $239

    Here’s one of those quicke CrunchDeals we like to promote from time to time. This time, satellite radio fan, you can grab the Pioneer XMp3, along with the relevant Home and Vehicle kit, for $239. That’s $100 less than what XM usually wants! Read More

  • The first interoperable Sirius XM is the MiRGE (plus bonus O&A photos)

    Sirius XM have finally showed off its first interoperable radio, the MiRGE. It’ll be available this spring for $250, and you’ll be able to subscribe to a new $20 per month plan that gets you “Sirius plus XM Everything” (cool how it’s marketing it as “Sirius plus THAT OTHER COMPANY”). Yes, both services, completely, for $20 per month. Read More

  • Satellite radio in 2008: What a year!

    As the only satellite radio fan here at CrunchGear, I feel it’s my duty to review the year that was and point out some of the events that made the medium such a joy. This isn’t a typical “Top 10 Movies” snoozefest, but rather an illustration of what makes satellite radio inherently superior to regular, terrestrial radio (provided you don’t mind a nominal… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Xmp3 and car kit for $250 (that's $100 off)

    XM has this cute little radio+car kit bundle on sale today for $100 less than you’d usually pay. You get the XMp3 and the standard car kit (you need an aux input in your car, or you’ll have to buy the cassette adapter, too). for the low, low price of $249.99. Here’s hoping that Sirius XM show off new radios next month at CES. That’s one of the things I’ll be… Read More

  • And what do we think about the new Sirius lineup?

    Here’s the Sirius lineup for you, to go with the XM lineup we wrote about earlier today. I’m not as familiar with Sirius as am I with XM (being an Opie and Anthony fan and all), but I do like how Sirius is all, “Don’t like X? Try Y instead!” Um, no. We like X, meaning we’re likely to hate Y. The comments over at Orbitcast are worth reading. Holy smokes… Read More

  • Bob Dylan's ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’ starts today on XM, Sirius XM, whatever its name is today

    For the past three years, Bob Dylan has hosted the “Theme Time Radio Hour,”
    an hour-long radio show on XM that showcases music from all sorts of genres and artists. It’s very artsy, and it’s starts again today. Beginning at 10am ET on XM channel 40, Deep Tracks, “Theme Time Radio Hour” starts anew. Each show focuses on a theme, then explores music related… Read More

  • Garmin announces the rugged GPSMAP 640 for real men

    The latest addition to Garmin’s vast range of GPS options is geared towards outdoors types. Think of the 600 series as a-go-anywhere, waterproof GPS unit that features both marine and automotive GPS functions by sensing the type of vehicle through the mount and then showing to the appropriate function. So when the 640 is in the car mount, it will function a lot like Garmin nüvi… Read More

  • Howard Stern slotted to make XM debut tomorrow: Still on channel 100

    If we’re to believe the latest XM Signal Guide (a weekly newsletter it uses to promote all sorts of XM-related fun), XM listeners may well be able to hear Howard Stern as early as tomorrow. The recently merged company, actually known now as XM Sirius Radio, has The Howard Stern Shows listed on its Channel 100 Web site, as this pic shows. Now, whether or not that’s merely the work… Read More

  • Post-merger, what happens to Opie and Anthony?

    Following the approval [PDF] of the XM-Sirius merger (read: buyout), we can now focus on some of the specifics of the deal, fallout, and all sorts of post-merger hysterics. The first order of business: what happens to Opie and Anthony, of which I’ve been a fan since their WNEW days? Their contract with XM expires on October 1, but, according to what they’ve said on the show, XM has… Read More

  • FCC to approve XM-Sirius merger

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the XM-Sirius merger has been given the tentative OK by the FCC. Deborah Taylor Tate, the final FCC commissioner to cast a vote, is expected to vote in favor of the merger, thus clearing the way for the merger. There are, of course, a few restrictions to be placed on the newly combined company. • Price freeze. They have agreed not to raise prices… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger approval now down to single vote

    Today was a big day vis-à-vis the XM-Sirius merger, as Johnathan Adelstein, the FCC commissioner who wanted to place all those restrictions on the merger in exchange for his support, has officially withdrawn his proposal, voting against the merger in the process. That leaves us all tied up for votes for and against the merger with one single, solitary vote pending. Deborah Taylor Tate (right)… Read More

  • Completely unexpected: More restrictions could jeopardize XM-Sirius merger

    Oh for the love of God, now what? Surely by now you’ve heard about the long-delayed (to put it mildly) XM-Sirius merger, which is really more of a Sirius buyout of XM, but let’s not nuance ourselves to death. So yeah, now it looks like the merger won’t be allowed to take place unless the combined company agrees to set aside 25 percent of its bandwidth for minority and… Read More

  • XM-Sirius merger could wrap up by end of July

    Believe it or not, the XM-Sirius merger could be finalized “any day now.” Cowen & Company, a high-profile investment bank, says the merger “is finally at hand and should occur by the end of this month.” Finally, right? In other possibly corroborating news, XM staffers have been asked to cancel any vacation plans for the week of July 21 (Opie said as much last… Read More

  • Listen to XM radio on your iPhone with uXM


    Ron and Fez, noon to 3pm This is pretty cool, and I hate damn near everything. It’s an application for jailbroken iPhones (and iPod touches) called uXM that lets you listen to XM Satellite Radio. Yes, XM is reportedly working on a proper application to launch with the App Store, but that’ll cost you money. This uXM is free, provided you already subscribe to XM. You can find it in… Read More

  • EA-Take 2 merger passes important FTC hurdle, Take 2 still playing shy

    EA still wants to buy Take 2, it’s true, and Take 2 is still playing shy. That, even though EA’s offer of $25.74 per share is now more than what Take 2 is currently trading at, $24.47. But that’s only part of the story, this on-going blah-blah-fest. Apparently Electronic Arts has passed some sort of Federal Trade Commission test, paving the way for a possible… Read More

  • XM, Sirius will have positive cash flow next year (if they merge!)

    We’ll all be dead before XM and Sirius merge, but the two companies would like the whole wide world (or whoever reads PR Newswire) to know how they think they’ll end up financially once they’re one company. (What an awfully constructed sentence.) The headline here is the combined company will have positive cash flow in 2009. They did re-state that, technically, Sirius will… Read More

  • FCC chairman Kevin Martin now supports XM-Sirius merger!

    It looks like Kevin Martin of the FCC is now supporting the XM-Sirius merger. I think my brain just exploded a little bit. Yes, 16 months after initially proposing the merger (and three months after the Justice Department gave the green light), the FCC’s chairman has given it a thumbs-up. Said the chairman: I am recommending that, with the voluntary commitments they’ve offered… Read More

  • Could politics be holding up the XM-Sirius merger, now 450 days later?


    Flickr’d “But if the FCC will no longer approve mergers without Congressional blessing, why does it even need to exist?” So asks the Wall Street Journal, and so ask the good boys and girls—shareholders—who are tired of this charade. The Wall Street Journal wondered aloud yesterday just why it has taken 450 days since the merger was first proposed for it to given… Read More

  • XM, EMI settle Pioneer Inno lawsuit: EMI didn't like the Inno's recording feature


    Lonely planet XM and EMI have finally settled a lawsuit over the Pioneer Inno. The Inno, if you don’t remember, is a portable XM radio that can record content onto its hard drive. Record companies had a problem with this, of course, for the same reason they complain about everything: it facilitated piracy, it denied them revenue, etc. Why buy a song, preferably in CD format, when you… Read More

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