Subscription satellite radio provider, XM Canada has shut down its XM Radio Online (XMRO) service.

XMRO was a streaming music service which allowed XM Canada subscribers to listen to their favourite satellite radio stations on the web or on their smartphone.

XM Canada and Sirius Canada began offering the online music streaming several years ago in order to keep customers from fleeing their premium satellite radio service and moving to free Internet radio stations.

On its website, XM Canada says its cancelling the XMRO service to better serve its customers. It's unclear how shutting down the service benefits XM subscribers but it is clear how it benefits XM Canada. On the same page XM tells customers they can't have XMRO anymore, the company solicits subscribers to sign up for XM online+.

XM Online+ is a streaming music service that lets XM Subscribers to listen to their favourite XM station on the web or on their smartphone and it costs between $2.99 and $7.99 a month.

Simply speaking XM Canada has shut down its free XMRO music streaming service in order to force subscribers to spend an additional $2.99 per month for its higher bitrate XM Online+ music streaming service.

Sirius Canada still offers its higher bitrate Sirius Online music service at no additional charge.

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