EAG 2012

February 1, 2012 by

  The EAG Expo in London was further evidence of the marginalization of the coin-operated amusement industry around the world. Attendance appeared to be light and quite regional. Where the London events of the past used to draw buyers and exhibitors from around the world to this international showcase, this year’s show at the Excel […]

Subscription Service for Jukebox Music

November 19, 2011 by

New schools of thought in the music industry suggest that a subscription service is becoming a more attractive option for digital jukebox music. Under a subscription model, operators would still contract with a music provider for access to digital music. However, this model would differ from the current one in that the operator would pay […]

Flat Fee vs. Percentage of Revenue?

February 5, 2011 by

As we prepare for Amusement Expo in Las Vegas, I have a question for all the operators and other industry insiders who generously give me a few minutes to read this blog: Would jukebox operators in the United States prefer to pay a flat fee for music, or a percentage of gross revenue? The question […]

CD Jukeboxes are Viable Alternative to Digital Networks

October 11, 2010 by

These are unsettling days in the jukebox business. Joel Friedman and I and the entire Enco family would like to express our concern for all that operators are going through since Ecast announced it would shut down its operation on March 1. Thankfully, there now appears to be a reasonable solution to allow the effected […]

ASI Low on “Wow” Factor

March 16, 2010 by

The AAMA-sponsored Amusement Showcase International (ASI) happened last week, March 11-13, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Enco Systems was in attendance, along with Mr. Jukebox Joel Friedman. The things that were most interesting at ASI weren’t taking place at ASI — they were in the hall next door. The Pizza Expo was jammed with […]

Jukes are Big News in Vegas

March 11, 2010 by

Jukeboxes were big news at the recent Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. Further evidence that music continues to be a strong draw and a consistent money maker for operators in traditional tavern locations, while other route staples seem to be struggling to maintain profitability and presence. Touchtunes’ new Virtuo wall box is the most striking […]

Enco’s 12-Month Warranty

March 19, 2009 by

It occurred to me at the recent ASI show in Las Vegas that many operators might not be aware that Enco Systems offers a 12-month warranty on every Philips CD Pro player that we sell through our distribution partners. Joel Friedman and I talked to a number of operators at the show, and several of […]

Rowe Manufacturing Moves South

February 27, 2009 by

The jukebox world awoke this morning to find that Rowe International is packing its man ufacturing bags and heading to Mexico. In a story appearing on the Vending Times Web site late last night, Nick Montano wrote: In a key part of the streamlining plan, Rowe will shift manufacturing from Grand Rapids, MI, to Reynosa, […]

NSM’s New Icon Apollo Jukebox

February 3, 2009 by

NSM Music expanded their presence at the ATEI international amusement industry trade show in London this year with a much larger space than they have taken in recent years. Their higher profile seems to signal a renewed commitment to the jukebox business, evidenced by the energy of Alex Kirby, son of long-time NSM director Barry […]

Lukewarm London Shows

January 31, 2009 by

DATELINE: London I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to dash off a quick post from the City of London. I’ve been over here attending the ATEI at Earl’s Court exhibition center and the new IGX show happening at nearby Ibis Hotel and sponsored by InterGame magazine. ATEI 2009 at Earl’s Court in London Attendance […]