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Listen To Music While You Ride...From A Satellite

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Satellites and digital technology are bringing a new form of radio to listeners here and across the country. Like satellite TV, you pay a monthly fee so you can listen while you ride.

XM Radio allows users to pick up music and news no matter where you are, thanks to its two satellites named Rock and Roll.

"Everything from a 24-hour Broadway tunes channel to the hardest in heavy metal, so I think, based on the personality, we've got something for everybody," said Brian Shea, president of XM Satellite Radio.

XM Radio's

Web site

gives a rundown of equipment available. You can buy the radios from major electronics retailers.

The company has put a lot of money into the venture hoping listeners will pay the $10-a-month fee and tune in.

"We're based out of Washington, D.C. We have a state-of-the-art broadcast facility which houses 82 end-to-end studios," Shea said.

There are also XM radios for your home. XM radios let you switch from satellite reception to AM and FM broadcasts so you do not have to give up your favorite local stations.


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