Elton John’s Big Head

Elton John’s Big Head
I dunno what’s my obsession with this AirTran / XM deal, whether it’s the big news of free Satellite Radio being available on flights, or just Elton John’s big head plastered along the side of a perfectly good plane.
Either way, AirTran recently published the announcement page on their site featuring this lovely shot of Elton holding a big replica of a Boeing 717.
Surprisingly enough, upon seeing the design featuring his image, Elton John commented, “This plane looks fantastic.”
At least we now know some numbers. AirTran Airways currently has three planes with XM Satellite Radio service and plans to have XM installed on 20 planes by the end of February. While the remainder of the fleet will get XM installed through summer 2005.
But nevermind all that! Did you know that Elton John’s head on the 717 is comparable in dimensions to the head of the Statue of Liberty? Isn’t that fantastic?

XM: Apple is “happy where they are”

XM: Apple is “happy where they are”
At today’s Conference Call, XM was asked about Mel’s announcement on not having a Sirius / iPod partnership, and apparently XM has been in talks with Apple as well.
To paraphrase, Apple is focused on driving down the costs of the iPod and fighting off growing competition in that market, and they’re “happy where they are” as of now. Steve Jobs supposedly said that he’ll be happy to be wrong, and isn’t ruling anything out, but the announcement of an iPod Satellite won’t happen anytime soon.
The question still remains about the XM SkyPod trademark, but my personal hunch is that XM is preparing an iPod Accessory that will enable satellite radio reception on the iPod using XM’s Connect-and-Play technology.