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March 17th, 2006
RoyaltyFreeMusic.com and Digital Music News
The latest news in digital music is the development of digital jukeboxes for use in a variety of establishments, including bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs and even at home. These devices will provide a vehicle for background music for many cutting-edge establishments.
Everyone knows that the very first jukeboxes played records, and more recent versions compact discs. But these new digital music jukeboxes only require a small memory chip in order to play music. These digital music jukeboxes will be incredibly versatile, allowing establishments to use downloadable music as background music for their customers.
Two men in St. Clair, Michigan, Ed Bronzie and Dave Hoppe have started this new revolution of downloadable music, sending jukeboxes the way of the iPod and other mp3 players. The two professionals are partners at St. Clair's D2 Entertainment, a company started to make these new digital music jukeboxes.
The concept of the digital jukebox began in the late 1990's when companies including TouchTunes and others started making high-tech jukeboxes based on digital music. The high-tech jukeboxes made by these companies were capable of holding a lot of songs, but were not very cost-effective because they required a subscription to a high-speed Internet connection and high monthly fees.
Bronzie and Hoppe brag that their jukeboxes make paying to play music in bars and clubs like sticking a dollar in an iPod. Since they require no connection to the internet and can be loaded over and over again with new digital music by bar-owners, they adapt to the changing times without accruing huge costs.
Distributors of arcade games and jukeboxes think these new digital music devices will be very marketable. The concept behind them has been needed since the introduction of the more unwieldy and expensive digital jukeboxes, which can cost $12,000. D2's digital jukeboxes are much less expensive and versatile than the larger versions because of their small size and flexibility. It is about the size of a medicine cabinet and can be mounted on the wall. It requires little maintenance. They are currently developing a final aesthetic design concept and hope it will hearken back to the original jukeboxes of the 1950's; in fact, the downloadable music jukebox is modeled after the Wurlitzer. Each sells for approximately $2,000. Each jukebox can hold about 500 songs, but D2 is trying to expand the memory.
These jukeboxes will present an interesting opportunity for royalty free music companies with downloadable music and background music, such as Royalty Free Music.com because it will allow professionals that use the new digital jukeboxes in their restaurants and bars the opportunity to save even more money on their background music. With over 700 tracks of high quality and low cost royalty free music in its extensive music library , Royalty Free Music.com will offer options for anyone looking to add digital music to their establishment.