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GM radios go digital
Coast-to-coast channels
by Rick Smith


2002 Cadillac DeVille and Seville XM-ready radio

As automobiles become more and more digital, the "analog" car radio is changing as well. In 2002, Cadillac is now installing XM radios into their cars that will receive digital satellite broadcasts.

While these XM digital radios will receive standard AM and FM broadcasts, they will also:

  • play pure digital sound
  • display the song title and artist
  • channel names instead of station letters

    For about $10 a month, you will have access to about 100 channels of digital-quality sound with dedicated channels for music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's programming.

    Since these channels are provided from coast-to-coast, taking a long trip in your car will become more similar to flying across country while listening to "in-flight" entertainment. No more scanning for your favorite type of music every few hours, or listening to a static-filled broadcast, just to catch the last few minutes of an interesting program you happen to find.

    Each XM channel will have a distinctive name, personality and style. XM music channels will cover virtually every music format, including:

  • American Standards
  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Gospel
  • Jazz
  • New Age
  • Oldies
  • Opera
  • Reggae
  • Rock

    The XM news channels feature content from:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg
  • CNNfn
  • Sporting News Radio
  • USA Today
  • Weather Channel

    Entertainment channels include:

  • CNN Sports Illustrated
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Discovery Channel
  • Firesign Theatre
  • NASCAR
  • National Lampoon
  • Sesame Workshop

    Many of the XM channels will be commercial-free and others will carry limited commercials. It is expected that other General Motors vehicles will have these radios as options beginning in model year 2003.

    Dated: November 20, 2001


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