UMG and XM reach pact over Pioneer Inno - Orbitcast

UMG and XM reach pact over Pioneer Inno

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Pioneer InnoUniversal Music Group and XM Satellite Radio have resolved the lawsuit brought by UMG against XM over its Pioneer Inno.

As part of the agreement, UMG will be the first music company to reach a multi-year deal covering all XM radios with "advanced recording functionality," including both those currently available as well as future product releases. The question remains: with this new agreement will XM be able to provide Inno-like recording capabilities in other products? It seems that other products have been crippled to only 10-hours worth of recording - hopefully this will mean that recording capacity can be raised.

In addition, UMG will withdraw as a party to the complaint filed by the RIAA against XM back in May, 2006. In that complaint, the RIAA is seeking $150,000 for each song saved by the Inno. Thankfully, UMG is no longer part of that ridiculous lawsuit.

"Our agreement is a win for everyone involved, especially for consumers," said Nate Davis, President and CEO, XM Satellite Radio. "We commend UMG for being the first music company to take this step forward with us and look forward to continuing our discussions with our other partners in the music industry."

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

UMG is the largest of the Big Four record labels with roughly 25.5% market share.

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Now that XM has again led the way, maybe Sirius can follow and finally release a portable with the functionality of the Inno so it's actually useful.


Finally...now they just have to reach an agreement with the rest of them and XM can move on.

This is awesome news. Forget about the Stiletto, this paves the way for a new Inno!

Nate probably had to sell his soul to get this done.....

pfreak and banff21, this may not be a win. this could simply mean it will have the same limitations stiletto products have, plus xm will have to pay for each inno sold like Sirius had to do with the S50.

BTW, my SL2 is awesome. I can save songs i like, record my favorite shows (up to 100 hours; double what the INNO can record), listen via wifi, add extra mp3's with an SD card, and its way easier to navigate than the INNO. i can also replay the last 60 minutes, another sweet feature the INNO does not have.

not to mention its smaller, lighter, and cooler looking than th INNO. It also receives SIRIUS programming. SIRIUS offer better programming, better sound quality (no exaggerated "S" or "T" sounds), and all music stations are 100% commercial free and uncensored.

SIRIUS satellite radio, the best radio on radio!

I notice a trend here Ryan. SEC investigation cleared. RIAA royalty issued cleared. Inno issue being cleared. Looks to me like we are seeing a lot of cleanup before the deal closes.

@ philmore

yeah dude...stiletto rules the inno. its amazing how sirius can manage to better the inno like it has, especially considering the 2 years or so of development between when the groundbreaking inno was intro'd and when the stiletto came out.

the only thing that scares me about the merger is that sirius' truely pathetic R&D department may hamper XM's truely original and innovative minds. i mean...if XM's R&D gets swallowed up by sirius...who's sirius going to coat-tail and copy off of going forward?!?!?!

Merger was leverage to get these deals resolved before the ability to do so was gone. Now the merger can be dropped.

"(no exaggerated "S" or "T" sounds)"

Well, of course, Big A can't be heard on the Sirius Sss... SS...St...Stilletto.

Seriously though... I love my Inno, but do concede that the UI on the Stilletto "looks" much slicker, especially during first impressions, playing with an in-store demo demo. However, the UI has one major usability flaw (at least for me) - the scroll wheel requires you to physically look at the screen, while carefully scrolling to the channels you want. I like being able to strap the Inno to my arm and being able to pretty intuitively click through channels and playlists without having to look at it. It's all subjective though...


@ Philmore all of those "pros" you mentioned about the stilleto are pretty useless when you consider one thing. The freakin stiletto cant recieve a signal!!! The inno doesnt even require the antenna headphones to get a signal. The sirius sats were desighned for cars. Not for portable listening. How much recorded content do you listen to???? ill bet its a ton. i bet that stiletto spends the entire night in its dock(extra $$ by the way) just so you have a full battery and non drop out music to listen to the next day.

Philmore: "It also receives SIRIUS programming. SIRIUS offer better programming, better sound quality (no exaggerated "S" or "T" sounds), and all music stations are 100% commercial free and uncensored."

Content is a matter of opinion, not fact. I have both services and I wouldn't say one is better.

Also, I wouldn't be bragging about Sirius having better sound quality. They have pathetic stereo seperation and most channels have clear swishy sound (like a poor quality MP3). Sound quality is not something I would brag about on *EITHER* service

LOOK OUT INNO, HERE COMES A UPDATE!

TAKE IF FROM A S100 USER, NOT ALL OF THEM ARE GOOD

The stiletto cannot record like the Inno. The Inno allows you to record however many songs you want as long as memory will allow, deleting all unwanted songs, commercials, promo's, whatever so you can have up to around 1000 songs saved which can then be arranged into playlists just like iTunes. Until the Stiletto can do that it is inferior.

Stiletto was such a poor product a replacement was released less than a year after the original. Oh, and the new one is not smaller than the Inno. Not smaller, not sleeker. The only way it doesn't look like a brick is with the thin battery again. That good old thin battery that gives you 2 hours of live radio. Fucking junk.

The Inno allows you to record however many songs you want as long as memory will allow, deleting all unwanted songs, commercials, promo's, whatever so you can have up to around 1000 songs saved which can then be arranged into playlists just like iTunes. Until the Stiletto can do that it is inferior.


SO DID THE S-100, then came the update. now you have to save live if you want it into a playlist. The s-100 would do 100 hours of play list songs from sirius if you do it live, other wise it will fill all unused memory with block recording, have 20+ hours of 80's and about that on classic rewind. We used to be able to blow through that and save what we wanted, not any more. Samr comming for you, MAYBE.

ALL THE BROUHAHA IS SO RIDICULOUS; XM MUSIC IS LOCKED IN AN INNO BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO XM ON YOUR COMPUTER, YOU CAAN RECORD ALL THE XM MUSIC YOU WANT.
HELLOOOOO!!!!!!!

ALL THE BROUHAHA IS SO RIDICULOUS; XM MUSIC IS LOCKED IN AN INNO BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO XM ON YOUR COMPUTER, YOU CAAN RECORD ALL THE XM MUSIC YOU WANT.
HELLOOOOO!!!!!!!

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