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By Janet PInkerton Turning radio—currently a free, off-the-shelf experience—into a subscription-based product requires a huge amount of coordination. There are satellites to be deployed and tested, new satellite radio chipsets to be tested and mass produced, and then an entirely new business model to rolled out as well. Yet Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio both say they will roll out service, backed by hardware, mid-year with monthly service fees of $9.95. The mutual goal of these two competitors: offer consumers a new radio experience with wider selection of music, information, sports and entertainment channels, for the most part commercial-free. Sirius Set Sirius already has launched

By David Dritsas Looks like 2001 will be a digital radio odyssey. It's a shameless cultural reference to use—certain to be overused this year—but perhaps no better relevant than for the companies behind digital satellite radio, who, like Arthur C. Clarke's astronauts chasing uncharted territories near Jupiter, are launching satellites to capture a market that pundits laud as a tremendous opportunity. But back on the ground, let's not forget the upgrade of analog radio to digital, which is also making strides, albeit at a slightly slower pace. At CES, retailers can get a better look at what the various companies are doing to support this new

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