Technology: Satellite Radio Comes Home

Demand for commercial-free radio is sending satellite radio subscriptions sky-high

If you're sick of all the ads on the radio, you aren't alone. Demand for commercial free music is sending folks flocking to satellite radio at a rate of 347,000 subscribers a month, according to a new report by JPMorgan. The two service providers, Sirius and XM, have mainly courted car-radio listeners. Now the satellite guys are hooking up with tech firms to target home users with boom boxes, stereo tuners and handheld gadgets (aimed at iPod users). Is the gear ready for prime time? --By Daren Fonda

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