Those of you who received your Sirius XM Radio bill this month may have noticed a new increase in your bill.
Surprise! You are now paying U.S. Royalty fees on the music you have been subscribing to listen to.
The fee is $1.98 a month per the base $12.95 subscriptions and $.97 for base plans that are eligible for a second radio discount. Your actual fee may vary depending upon the Package and Plan term you choose.
The FCC decision approving the merger between SIRIUS and XM permits the companies beginning July 29, 2009 to pass through to subscribers any increases in music royalties since March 20, 2007, the day the companies first asked the FCC to approve the merger. The U.S. Music Royalty Fee implements this FCC decision.
Every time the RIAA bitches they aren’t getting enough money, Sirius XM Subscribers are going to take it in the rear, and can expect an increase in their bill. Sirius XM can’t afford to pay the royalties out of your monthly subscription fees. They will pass along those increases to you. Oh happy day!
On one hand, at least the artists will get paid for their music. Hopefully the lesser known bands that I get to hear on channels like Hair Nation and The Boneyard will see some of this money. Somehow I doubt it though.
One of the reasons that I have subscribed to XM is to listen to music that the crap FM stations refuse to play. Sadly, XM is quickly going to become too costly an option for my music listening habits. I guess its time to buy that 160 GB Ipod for my daily commute.
For more information on Sirius XM’s U.S. Royalty Fees, click here.