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(Wall Street Journal)   New and busted: iPods. Old hotness: Real live jukeboxes with 45 RPM records. An 80-gig hard drive just can't beat a half ton of chrome and bubbles, baby   ( divider line
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2007-05-16 3:16:32 PM  
How about a jukebox with 2 500GB HDs serving a terabyte of MP3s?

I'd bet that somebody has built one, complete with simulated tabs and record mechanism.

/Have to add the "Fonzie" interface to it, though...
2007-05-16 3:20:48 PM  
I bought my ex-wife a kickass jukebox. She still has it...with a bunch of my awesome 45s in it. Dagnabit.

/Vinyl FTW!!!
2007-05-16 3:21:22 PM  
LesserEvil: How about a jukebox with 2 500GB HDs serving a terabyte of MP3s?

While that would be cool it would still be disposable. In 50 years I bet you will still be able to find a working Jukebox from the 50's, good luck finding anything with current computer technology.
2007-05-16 3:21:51 PM  
An 80-gig hard drive just can't beat a half ton of chrome and bubbles, baby

Uh....yeah it can.

And by the way, most new jukeboxes are connect to a server via an internet connection.
2007-05-16 3:24:03 PM  
It took me a couple of minutes to realize you didn't fark up that cliche. I'm dumb.
2007-05-16 3:30:58 PM  
I have a hard time enough finding 12 inch albums of my favorite obscure 80s tunes. Finding 45s of individual singles of them, downright impossible.

That, and the iPod weighs a lot less.
2007-05-16 3:35:40 PM  
My Wurlitzer 1940 "wagon wheel" model

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Weighs 700lbs, and only plays 78 rpm records, but I love this thing like would do a cute but stupid dog.
2007-05-16 3:42:36 PM  
Goddamnit, they both have their places. Would you use an iPod to run the music in a bar? Would you take a jukebox on the subway with you?

That said, I wish they would make modern digital jukeboxes a bit more grandiose and sturdy.
2007-05-16 4:18:46 PM  
2007-05-16 4:35:35 PM  
Just because it's old doesn't mean it's worthless. I picked up an old pocket transistor radio at an antique mall a couple of years back. Works better than the AM receiver in my stereo system.
2007-05-16 4:39:03 PM  
When they make an iPod that looks like an old Wurlitzer juke, then I will get one.

Chrome and bubbles in your pocket? Slice me off a chunk of that.
2007-05-16 4:49:53 PM  
Uhhh, first episode of the new batch of Dr Who.

"This articfact is what they called an iPod" as they wheel out a juke box.
2007-05-16 5:00:35 PM  
Maybe Subby could recommend a way to fit a "half ton of chrome and bubbles" into the cupholder of my 2 door coupe.
2007-05-16 5:26:29 PM  
Hilarious to think anyone would actually show up here just to defend their iPod! Ha!!

It's not always about storage or price or shiny features. Sometimes you can't buy (and then mass-market) style or class.
2007-05-16 5:57:09 PM  
I would love a jukebox, but.....

It would have to be made of wood. Solid, thick hardwoods. I prefer endangered woods cut from pristine areas.

It would have to have chrome. Lots of chrome, stolen by force from the orthodontia of small jewish children.

It would have to have original whalebone accents, and the bubbles would have to flow through the rendered oil of a Blue whale.

Because I am evil, and I like jukeboxes.
2007-05-16 6:06:16 PM  
Seeburg FL1 at home, aka the coffin. Butt ugly, still restoring it, as if I didnt have enough projects....

love the classics
just picked up a Theremin. Going to have some musical retro fun these days...
2007-05-16 6:55:10 PM  
I never thought I would say this, but my 80GB iPod costs waaay less...

... than a Wurlitzer jukebox.

2007-05-16 8:28:50 PM  
Hmmmm...lessee...1953 Seeburg Juke Box on Ebay...holds 100 records...starting bid at $3,750.00 (no records included).

- or -

80GB Ipod $350.00 (holds 20,000 songs)
Bose Ipod dock $270
3,130 songs downloaded for $1 each.

To each their own.

Personally, I'd go with the Ipod.
2007-05-16 9:44:59 PM  
I thought it meants some sort of RealPlayer jukebox.
2007-05-17 11:00:02 AM  
Record juke boxes have one thing that an ipod or cd juke box will never have, individuality and soul. Each one, even of the same model, was different. They are fantastic machines.
2007-05-17 12:00:48 PM  
Here's mine, though mine is a slightly different model. It plays twice as many records as this one.

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