Jukeboxes: Bopping to a Different Beat

Bopping to a Different Beat

From 1948 to 1978, from bebop to the twist to disco, Seeburg was the jukebox king, selling more boxes to more bars, restaurants and soda shops than any other firm. But in 1979 Seeburg filed for reorganization under the bankruptcy laws. Like its competitors, the company had been hurt by its dependence on 45- r.p.m. records, which today account for only 5% of the record and tape market.

Now Seeburg's jukeboxes are back, playing compact discs instead of 45s. For $1, customers can listen to three selections from CDs (the jukebox accepts no change). Eighteen plays can be heard for $5....

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