Music is easy these days. Pick up your smartphone, whatever its make and model. Open up Pandora. Punch in a favorite song or artist, and rock for hours.
This is the future of radio: personalized, always-on mixtapes of infinite variety, all delivered via wireless data connections. You'll notice that I'm not dragging satellites into this. I think Sirius XM Radio
In response, some Sirius fan will invariably point out that most new cars come with Sirius or XM radios preinstalled these days, either standard or as an option. A few free trial months are the gateway drug, and then you're supposedly hooked on a service you'll never want to live without again.
Well, baloney. Sirius services are cheap, but Pandora is free if you can live with an occasional ad spot or two. That's a tough price point to match, especially if you're on an eternal search for solid profits. And Pandora is making its way into new cars, too.
The streaming music service has announced deals with luxury veteran BMW (OTC BB: BAMXF) and Toyota
In due time, the phone will fall away from this ecosystem, to be replaced by the car's own data connection. I'd expect Toyota and Ford
That's where we're going soon enough, which is why you can't convince me to buy Sirius stock. Satellite radio is a stopgap service that will soon become obsolete -- if not by Pandora, then by some better version of the same idea.
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