Is XM Bending Over Backwards To Make Satellite Radio Less Useful?
from the bad-policies dept
Last week, we wrote about how XM Radio and the RIAA were getting increasingly concerned about someone who dared to make some software that would record XM radio feeds. According to people at Broadband Reports, XM has become so upset about this that they have pulled their PC receiver from the market while they look for a solution to this “problem.” It’s quite a world when it’s considered a problem that someone has made your service more useful. The note at Broadband Reports also claims that XM is considering removing USB ports from future equipment for the same reason. Both of these seem unconfirmed at the moment, so it would be nice if there were some real confirmation on either rumor. However, the satellite radio business is in a tough position. For all the success they’ve been claiming in signing up customers, they’re nowhere near profitability. Their capital costs are incredibly high, and the thing they need, more than anything else, is more subscribers. Shutting down tools that make their offering more compelling just means they’re making their job that much more difficult. Hopefully, it’s not true, and this is just a baseless rumor, perhaps caused by the product being out of stock. Update: News.com has put up an article on the subject. While XM refuses to comment, others “close to the company” confirm the story. Hopefully, XM will realize what a bad idea this is.