Articles by Chris Bisha

Music Sales Take a Beating in 2007

January 16, 2008 by

Album Sales Drop 15 Percent in US The US-based recording industry suffered a steep decline in 2007. The tracking firm Nielsen Soundscan reported album sales declines of 15% for the year. Nielsen counted albums sales of 500.5 million units during 2007, a marked decrease from 2006 sales of 588.2 million units. More specifically, Nielsen reported […]

Jukebox Homogenization

December 21, 2007 by

Picking songs on any jukebox is a challenge. Whether it’s digital, CD or 45, it is an art that’s part mix tape concoction and part DJing. There are obvious pitfalls — no one really needs to hear “Sweet Caroline” or “You Shook Me All Night Long” again, right? (Don’t get me started on “Free Bird.”) […]

Format Shift Deja Vu

November 16, 2007 by

The technology shift is on in the jukebox business. And the growing pains we’re currently experiencing are similar to those experienced by hifi companies in the mid to late 90’s. Enco Systems not only supplies compact disc technology to the jukebox industry, we have also worked closely with some of the top hifi companies on […]

Jukebox Crystal Ball: Autumn ‘07

October 15, 2007 by

What does the future hold for the venerable jukebox? How will this much-loved American icon be shaped in the future? Clearly, pay-per-play public performance of recorded music still has a vital role to play in our industry and in American culture. And it also seems clear that the predicted technology shift has finally arrived. Digital […]

Operators: True American Independents

September 14, 2007 by

I compared the cashbox economics of CD jukeboxes versus digital in July’s post, and on the surface the numbers seem to quite convincingly favor the digital machine. But a fairly strong case for the continued viability of CD jukes also emerged from those same calculations. So what do operators think? After all, these are the […]

CD’s Silver Anniversary

August 17, 2007 by

The following post eventually appeared in the November 2007 issue of Playmeter magazine, a trade journal for the coin-operated amusement industry. Happy 25th birthday to the venerable compact disc! 25 years ago today, on 17 August 1982, the first CDs were pressed in a Philips plant in Hanover, Germany. By most accounts, a recording of […]

Cashbox Economics: CD Jukes vs Digital

July 17, 2007 by

It’s no secret that operators are struggling to make money on their routes these days. The oft-asked question is, “Where will the next Pac Man come from?” The reality is that music is still profitable, and digital downloading jukeboxes seem to be the closest thing to “the next Pac Man” that the industry has currently. […]

The Long Tail

June 11, 2007 by

You may be familiar with “The Long Tail.” It’s an economic observation made by Chris Anderson of Wired magazine and popularized in a Wired article and a book of the same name. The theory can be applied to the jukebox route in a couple of ways. Anderson observes that in the new digital economy, as […]