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JukePod: Rent an iPod music service

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2004
News Categories: iPod

“Aimed at retail establishments, bars, salons & cafés, JukePod offers a loaded 15GB iPod (under Apple warranty) with users being able to select from over 3,000 album titles. iPods are updated each month with the subscribers’ picks.

At just $100 per month, the JukePod system provides you with the means to offer a diverse and intelligent music library—$45,000 worth of crystal clear digital music delivered on Apple’s amazingly sleek and intuitive iPod. And the library keeps growing. The JukePod service model is just as impressive. We help you choose your music based on your customer demographics, update your music once a month, provide technical support, even digitize your own CDs and transfer them to the iPod.”

Note that in order to comply with intellectual property and copyright laws, subscribers need to hold a “blanket license” from ASCAP and/or BMI, just as they do currently to play their own CDs or a jukebox in a public forum.

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21

I admit right off that I didn’t totally scour the entire site for the answer to this (lazy - sorry), but what would prevent an on-premise business owner from activating this service, then copying the entire music collection from the rented Pod to his own computer (I’m assuming the mp3/AAC files that are loaded are not rights protected, since Jukepod is copying the same batch of songs to who knows how many Pods).  Then, the bar owner cancels the service, buys his own iPod, then copies the batch of music files to his new iPod?

Posted by Breathe on March 18, 2004 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

22

Hey, these people have been at it for some time and from what I’ve heard they’re legit. How do they do it?

http://www.activaire.com/

Posted by Matt on March 18, 2004 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

23

Matt,

How do they do it?

read their page…

We load your iPod with 10 albums at a time from our Top Ten in rotation. Order a Single Installment, or a Monthly Subscription. Order Here
If you are in NYC, we schedule a morning pickup and same day afternoon delivery via bike messenger.
$170 per installment

10 albums!
$170!

It’s obvious that they are buying an individual CD (or licence) for each iPod they populate. Judging from the available selection, much (if not all) of the music is from indie labels, making the $170 price point still profitable for them.

Posted by steve on March 18, 2004 at 11:02 AM (PDT)

24

Thank you steve!

Posted by Matt on March 18, 2004 at 1:02 PM (PDT)

25

OK, suppose this business is on the up and up, how would it make sense replacing a giant jukebox with a tiny iPod???

A jukebox has a decorative appeal that takes up space and helps the atmosphere.  I just can’t see people gathering around an iPod to select a song like they would a jukebox.  Afterall, alot of people own an iPod…not very many own an actual jukebox.

Posted by Ryan on March 22, 2004 at 9:16 AM (PDT)

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