The problem is, the two don't only compete with each other. They directly compete with HD Radio, regular radio and iPods. Thinking they only compete with each other is just silly talk. They are trying to get people to buy their service over getting free (but with commercials) radio. Now, the combined company can concentrate on quality programming instead of how to steal subscribers from each other. Then, they can grow their installed base and raise shareholder value. For those who talk about the law the FCC enacted when they first allowed Satellite Radio...that's also silly talk. Laws are meant to be changed, which is what XM/Sirius was asking them to do. Laws are changed and modified every day. I hope you're not saying that every law, once enacted, must stay for all time. The world changes, our laws must change with them. I'm normally against large companies merging, but in this instance, it makes sense. This is the first good decision the FCC has made in a very long string of bad decisions.