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iPhones and Other Devices Make Internet Radio Portable, But Path to Playback in the Car Is Tricky

Digital radio from around the world, not above it

For years, and engaged in a subscriber acquisition war that resulted in low prices for receivers and high prices for talent. It was a war that both sides lost.

Despite attracting millions of customers willing to pay $12. or more per month for access to digital commercial- music programming and exclusive content, the high costs of subscriber acquisition forced the companies to merge.

Receivers that can tune into both XM and Sirius may revive the aftermarket for these tuners, which has plunged 24 percent in units in the past year, according to NPD’s retail tracking service.

Terrestrial fought back with the adoption of its own digital stand ard — . It doesn’t offer as much as satellite , but it doesn’t require a subscription because it uses the same advertising-based model as conventional . That’s good for people who have an HD receiver, but bad for convincing people to get one, because unsubsidized prices are still relatively high and the selection of products that feature HD is still relatively limited. For example, so far this year only 3 percent of in-dash players sold had an HD built in.