Police Reunite While Motley Fool Chooses: Sirius, Apple and XM...Which would you "Date, Marry or Kill"?
Yesterday, I heard the type of event I thought radio had long forgotten: The Police's Whisky A Go Go press conference and live rehersal preview of their reunion tour this summer the morning after their opening performance on Sunday night's Grammys.
Where did I hear this live, commercial-free broadcast?
Sadly, not on traditional radio. I heard it on XM's Ethel. On my computer. Through XM's AOL service. Using an intentional (and accurate) "I Love the '80s" term, it was awesome.
Was this event broadcast over the airwaves in America's biggest metropolitan area? I don't know (it was also broadcast on VH1 Classic and VH1's Radio Network, which includes internet streaming)...I sure didn't hear anything about over the air, not with all the babble about Anna Nicole Smith's death.
Speaking of death, Motley Fool did an old radio bit, wondering: If you have the options of Sirius, Apple and XM, which would you "Date, Marry or Kill"?
As Orbitcast reports, The Fool:
"...would "date" Sirius because they're at their 52 week low right now, even though Sirius has fewer subscribers, a heavier market cap, and posted steeper losses than XM. Still, Sirius has a lot of momentum behind it and the Fool seems to like the prospect of Sirius Backseat TV should it take off.And yet...it was XM I heard broadcasting The Police...it wasn't through iTunes and it wasn't on Sirius (that I know of).
Apple was the one to marry because, well, because they're profitable. And they've got the iPod, of which they've sold 90 million units (compared to "only" 13.6 million satellite radio subscribers). It doesn't hurt that Apple has topped Wall Street's estimates for 16 straight quarters. Oh right, and then there's the iPhone.
XM on the otherhand got killed. Why? Because of the fading merger speculation, the RIAA lawsuit and losing massive retail marketshare to Sirius. The Fool isn't necessarily convinced over the whole "OEM is the future" thing either (because of iPod jacks)."
And it wasn't traditional radio (was radio DUI and cuffed by The Police?)...
Hmmm, which new media would you date, marry or kill?
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Tuesday, February 13, 2007,