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And it could always decide that owning XMSR outright is better than getting royalties.

I think that's a very unlikely scenario. That would be like Intel starting to sell computers instead of just the chips. If they did that, every other computer maker out there--Dell, Compact, HP, etc.--all of them will run to AMD for chips, and perhaps drop Intel chips completely. Why give money to your primary competition, right?

In the same manner, if GM owns XM in whole, no other car manufacture would even consider installing an XM radio. And let's fact it, XM needs all the subscribers it can get. It would be a serious blow if no other car manufacture wouldn't even consider XM as an option.

I do believe XM being bought out by somebody is a distinct possibility at some point in the future, but it won't be GM.

-- Ryan
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