If a lawsuit by the major music companies doesn't kill XM's new satellite radio, a review by Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret in the Wall Street Journal this morning might do the job.
"It's hard to overstate the reception problems that plague the Inno," Mossberg wrote. Detailing is frustration in keeping the satellite signal in Washington, DC, where no building is allowed to be more than 12 stories tall, the columnist said, "For a device that's primarily a radio, this is a killer flaw. Walt's column.
Meanwhile, XM is calling the RIAA's lawsuit a bargaining tactic tied to their negotiations for a digital royalty contract. The RIAA says the $399 radio/recorder has transformed radio broadcasts into a music download service and could hurt music sales. The labels are asking $150,000 damages for every song a customer records off the satellite and onto the Inno.