I just agreed to pay an extra $2.95/month to have my Sirius Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) online streaming subscription bumped from the free 39-kbit/s stream to a much more CD-like 128 kbit/s.
I know I can listen to PlayRadioUK at 128 kbit/s for free. I know some terrestrial radio stations have free streams, but most of them sound awful. Plus they have commercials. Annoying.
What I'm really wondering is this: Is Sirius smart for getting me hooked on something, then offering a quality boost for a trivial amount of money? Or should I feel ripped off since I already pay about $13 a month for a Sirius subscription (which comes with the free 33-kbit/s Internet radio account)?
Here's a better question if you work in telecom: Isn't it funny that the commodity broadband providers could offer entertainment services, like the stuff referenced above, bundled with their connections -- but, for whatever reason, they don't?
It's amazing how much stuff we consume in digital form for which the big carriers -- the guys who own the tubes that make up the Internet -- won't see a penny.
More trivia: Did you know the average age of the top five execs at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is 55.8? This is what computers looked like when those execs were 21. I'm just sayin'…
— Phil Harvey, Free Radio Editor, Light Reading