Man, talk about rough months. First XM feels the business end of the litigious spear when the record labels sued 'em
over Inno recording, then their acquisition of WCS was squashed
, and now XM must suspend shipments of certain radio units after suffering the attentions of the FCC. Specifically, XM has temporarily ceased shipments of their SkyFi 2
(pictured) and Audiovox Xpress
due to concern over excess emissions from the on-board FM transmitters. The suspension might also spill over to their Roady XT and Sports Caster in addition to certain radio units sold by arch-rivals, Sirius. The good news for XM is that the whole mess should get sorted without a recall and on the cheap. Still, some of these units have been on the market for years making us wonder: 1) what took the FCC so long to figure this out, and b) why did they approve them in the first place?