No, I think WITH the merged channel lineup, they will DEFINITELY do the a la carte. I don't think they have a choice, with that being one of the BIGGEST pushes to the FCC.
BUT, it will be something like, ONLY Music, Music/Talk, Music/Talk/Sports or something more to that point... Now, it will all be very neat, instead of XM Music, XM Music/Sirius Music, XMM/SM/Sirius Talk, etc...
Aren't they required by the merger agreement to offer ala carte options?
I, personally, think all of the current XM radios can do ala carte. Didn't they offer O&A as an add on service at one point? Same thing with Playboy when it was offered. What's the difference if you turn off 1 channel that is not paid for.. or 50?