AT&T Tunes Into Jukebox Business
AT&T is going into the jukebox business, striking a deal with TouchTunes Music to provide high-speed-Internet access to thousands of jukeboxes located at entertainment venues nationwide.
Chicago-based TouchTunes is the biggest supplier of digital jukeboxes in the United States, with equipment in 20,000 commercial locations. The company has licensed nearly 1 million songs for its fleet of jukeboxes, which store the tunes on built-in hard drives.
Under a three-year contract, AT&T will provide high-speed-Internet access to existing and future TouchTunes digital jukeboxes at bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other venues. The connections will also be used to swap out titles and add new hit songs as they are released, and even to supply added services such as live concert feeds and an e-mail browser function for venue owners and managers.