Monday, Nov. 19, 2001

Digital Satellite Radio

Would you pay for what your car radio now gets for free? You may be ready for satellite radio. Two rival companies are betting that drivers are sufficiently fed up with bad reception, tired playlists and irritating ads to fork out around $10 a month (plus up to $1,000 for a receiver) for dozens of stations offering ad-free music, sports, news and weather. Signals are beamed from "Rock" and "Roll," XM's pair of stationary satellites, and from Sirius' three orbiting birds.

Availability: XM debuts nationally this month; Sirius is aiming for early next year
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