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.
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.