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Manufacturer's Hope Is In New Technologies By David Dritsas Despite the growing market for consumer electronics overall, audio is still lagging as a category. But at this year's CES, new technologies and strengthening alliances showed they could help boost the market for the coming year. HD Radio At the forefront of this promise is HD Radio. Prior to the show, iBiquity Digital, the company behind digital radio technology, joined retailer Ultimate Electronics in launching the sale of the first consumer-ready model, a Kenwood HD Receiver for the car (model KTC-HR100 $399), at a store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And it looks like more

By David Dritsas XM Satellite Radio announced that it will reshape its 100-channel lineup in order to add new channels and is entering a new category for satellite radio, special, extra channels for an additional monthly fee. As of June 30, 2002 the company reported approximately of 137,000 subscribers of its satellite-delivered, digital radio service. XM President Hugh Panero noted in a statement from the company, "Based largely on subscriber feedback, we're making a number of enhancements to XM's 100 channel lineup." The result will be the addition of nine new channels, including a new premium channel, the cancellation of seven channels and the

By David Dritsas Satellite radio is now for real. At a press event last week, XM Satellite Radio began a national rollout of its broadcast. The company was ready to go with its promised 100 channels of digital radio in music, talk, and news programming formats. The company expects its service to be nationally available by the end of the year. Broadcasting began in the urban markets of Dallas, Texas and San Diego, Calif. after an official launch ceremony at the company's headquarters in Washington D.C. Within the next three weeks the coverage will expand to the entire southwestern and southeastern regions of the U.S. including

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