Time will tell about cost increases because, as Hugh says, its about return to shareholders and not the consumer. I can't say I agree with you on competition because your not comparing apples to apples. Internet radio can't compete with satellite radio in the car and the coverage area made available by sat radio services. Terrestrial radio is free but limited to local/regional coverage within a specific broadcast range.Letting them merge won't effect the market in the least, they can't raise their prices much simply because their competition is so strong. Consumers have nothing to worry about.