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New XM Snap device hits the FCC (and it smells like Android?)

XM Snap
Well well well, what do we have here? It looks like a new device from Sirius XM Radio Inc. has been circulated with our friends at the FCC. It's called the XM Snap (XSN1), and if I was to venture a guess, it has the distinct odor of Android surrounding it.

New "Sirius XM 2.0" Satellite Radios due in 2011

New Sirius XM Radios Today during the Sirius XM Radio Inc. Q2 earnings call (live blog notes here), CEO Mel Karmazin announced that they will be launching "Satellite Radio 2.0" in retail stores for the 2011 holiday season.

"Our next generation of satellite radios are expected to offer more choices for the consumer and contain functionality that does not exist today."

"Rumor" has it: Howard Stern to return to broadcast radio in 2010

Howard SternThat "rumor" comes from Bay Area media commentator Rich Lieberman, who writes about it on SFGate. Lieberman says that there's a "very real possibility" that Howard Stern will make a return back to terrestrial radio in 2010, according to his media tipsters out of New York.

Lieberman goes on to cite the struggling economy as one of the reasons why Stern will make the jump back to FCC-regulated airwaves.

But where would Howard Stern go?

Official Sirius XM iPhone App now in Beta: Source


UPDATE: The Sirius XM iPhone App is now available!

Sirius XM on iPhone
Sources close to Sirius XM Radio Inc. say that the company has been in development of an official iPhone App, and the app is currently in beta, Orbitcast has learned.

Source: Satellite Radio iPhone App going public soon

Sirius XM on iPhone
Orbitcast has received word from multiple sources (one of which is extremely reliable) that the uSirius StarPlayr iPhone app - which will allow you to play Sirius XM Radio on your iPhone - will be going public soon.


Rumor: Price increases to come for Sirius XM (Updated)

Sirius XM Radio
Word has come out over recent days that Sirius XM Radio Inc. is planning a price increase for multiple satellite radio subscription packages, according to a report on Digital Radio Central.

Additionally, Orbitcast's own sources have received word confirming these reports and adding further details about the rumored subscription price increases.


More channel changes lie ahead for Sirius XM

XMSirius XM Radio Inc. said on several occasions that the merging of broadcast operations was going to be an ongoing process, and now Orbitcast is hearing that another round of channel changes will be going into effect sometime around January 15th. These changes are in addition to the return of Strobe and Backspin to the Sirius XM lineup.

Rumor: Sirius to be available on Xbox 360


Sirius Satellite Radio

Sirius XM Radio Inc. is rumored to be entering into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to provide its Sirius Satellite Radio service to the Xbox 360, according to VG Chartz.

The feature is planned to be unveiled during the huge New Xbox Experience re-launching event on September 25th, according to reports.

For a "modest monthly fee" users will be able to run Sirius through the Xbox 360 with no additional hardware needed. Users will also be able to pay for the service with Microsoft points.

Additionally, members of Xbox live will get a free week to play with the service, and Sirius is said to be accessible while playing in a game.

[VG Chartz via Xbox 360 Fanboy]

Thanks Dave & Ken!

The mystery of i-Sirius, solved?


Motorola FX-850PEarlier this month, the veiled FCC registration by "i-Sirius" caused many an eyebrow to be raised. Speculation had since ensued, with theories of potential products and partnerships (from an iPhone competitor, to a pending deal with Apple) began swimming around.

Luckily though, even though the FCC application asked for confidentiality, one of the test reports (PDF) apparently included a photo of the upcoming device (pictured).

And here's what we know:

  • The company is named "i-Sirius Co.,Ltd" and they're located in Seoul, Korea
  • The device will be a GSM 850/1900 phone
  • It will be branded as the Motorola FX-850P

Nothing in the test reports seem to indicate a satellite radio device. And looking at the photo, it doesn't appear that any audio controls are visible, so I would rule out any relations to Sirius here, other than the name.

[via Satellite Radio TechWorld]


From the Rumor Mill - CBS takeover?


If you're wondering why the stocks went nuts mid-day, that's because several sources have reported that CBS could make a bid for either XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) or Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI).

Call me a Negative Nancy, but I don't buy it. Especially since we've heard this one before.