"Hearing Loss at XM"

Monday, April 03, 2006

After todays 6.5M sub report from XM, Rick Aristotle Munarriz of write about what he calls XM's "Knee-jerk reaction to rival SIRIUS" He writes,
Milestones are usually a pretty good thing -- the sign of a company moving in the right direction. However, this morning's announcement from XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) that the terrestrial-radio threat topped the 6.5-million subscriber mark won't go down as one of the more cheerful moments in the young company's history.

For starters, it almost feels like a knee-jerk reaction to rival Sirius (Nasdaq: SIRI) announcing that it had cleared the four-million mark just two weeks ago. XM has normally reserved its milestone press releases for when the net additions come in nice round million-subscriber chunks. This is the equivalent of asking a little kid how old he is, and having him fire back, "I'm six. . . and a half!"

Read it all here at


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