Minus AOL Deal, XM Takes to the Web

XM Satellite Radio said its online destination will become the new home for its commercial-free music channels.

The move was made by XM on Friday after CBS scored a deal with AOL Radio for supplying programming services to the internet company. The music channels that XM contributes to the AOL Radio lineup will no longer be available via AOL beginning May 1, the satellite radio company said.

The Web-based service, XM Radio Online, will offer more than 80 channels of commercial free music and exclusive programming from sources like Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Bob Edwards and Opie and Anthony. In addition, an online-only channel broadcasting the best of XM's Artist Confidential series will be made available to subscribers.

As part of the service's launch, XM Radio Online will be available through May 30 for $2.99 a month for the first six months. And new users of XM Radio Online can sign up now for a 14-day free trial at www.xmradio.com, the company said.