Deal will put XM on the Web, AOL over satellite

| 4/18/2005

America Online and XM Satellite Radio will offer a new Internet-based radio service that will offer XM’s programming to AOL’s members, the companies announced recently.

The deal will also allow XM to carry some of AOL’s music offerings, such as Radio KOL, AOL Music Sessions and AOL Music Live, to its satellite customers.

XM has roughly 3.8 million listeners; 100 million Web users visit sites and services operated by AOL every month.

The online service will include two levels. The lower tier will feature 20 XM and 130 AOL Radio stations. The upper tier will feature 70 XM stations as well as the 130 AOL stations. The lower tier will be available free on the Web, XM said in a news release, while the upper tier will be free to only AOL users; other Web customers will pay a monthly fee.