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Modern Jukeboxes Make Lining Up Tunes Easier

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If accessing millions of songs was not enough, modern jukeboxes are becoming even more high-tech with new app integration. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed this report.

If for you, like me, when you hear the word "jukebox,” you think of a machine that takes quarters and then physically moves a record into place to play your song, then, for you, what you are looking at may not seem to qualify. But rest assured, TouchTunes machines, which are all over the country now in bars and bowling alleys, are jukeboxes, very modern jukeboxes.

"It's a touch screen device that connects to the internet to access a music catalog for whatever users are looking for. You can go right up to the jukebox and scroll through it, similar to a tablet interface. Increasingly though, people are turning to our mobile app to do very much the same thing. So they'll fire up their mobile app, they'll browse through artists, search for a song, and then just hit the play button to send it to the jukebox,” says Drew Weaver of TouchTunes.

You can line up songs right from your seat via your phone, no need to weave your way through the crowd to the actual jukebox.

In case that's not 21st century enough for you, TouchTunes just announced a new partnership that makes finding the exact song you want on your phone and then shooting that song from your phone to the jukebox somehow even easier.

That partnership is with SoundHound, one of the mobile apps that lets you identify a song you're listening to, or even hum a song to have your phone tell you what it is. Now, that giant list of tracks that you have searched can easily be shot over to a jukebox.

"If I'm a SoundHound user, I have a multitude of songs on my SoundHound history, and when I'm out and about now, I can access those songs and directly link them to the TouchTunes device right from my mobile phone,” says Michael DiNuzzo of SoundHound.

Developers of TouchTunes say they are always working on new ways to allow people to share the music they love from their mobile devices, with crowds of strangers and friends, down at the local watering hole.

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