Yahoo! Music Jukebox
|Stable release||2.2.2.058 (6 February 2008) [±]|
|Preview release||none (n/a) [±]|
|Operating system||Windows 98/Me, 2000, XP, Vista|
Yahoo! Music Jukebox, formerly known as Yahoo! Music engine, was a freeware music player released by Yahoo! in 2005. Its appearance was vaguely similar to Musicmatch Jukebox, related to the fact that Musicmatch, which developed the Jukebox, was purchased by Yahoo! in 2004.
Its features include CD ripping and burning, access to LAUNCHcast and the Yahoo! Music Unlimited music subscription service, playlist creation, transfer of music to select portable devices such as mp3 players and USB flash drives. The program allows Yahoo! Messenger users to stream music to one another (not to be confused with uploading and downloading or filesharing) and browse one another's playlists. Only those subscribed to Yahoo! Unlimited can add entire songs to their collections, however. Non-subscribers are limited to a thirty second sample.
One can rip songs in a variety of formats including .wav, .mp3, and .wmv. Interestingly, one cannot rip songs in the .wma format, despite the fact that songs purchased from Yahoo! are encoded using that format. Another strange format issue within the player, the CD burner; it can burn .mp3 CD's, however, the player itself is incapable of playing an .mp3 CD.
The engine also has a number of plugins available for free download from the program's official website below. The programming interfaces for the engine are open; anyone may create a plug-in or skin to modify the behavior of the engine.
Yahoo! strongly encourages users of Musicmatch Jukebox to upgrade to the latest version of Yahoo! Music Jukebox. The two products are relatively different in functionality. Musicmatch Jukebox has many more features, and it appears that Yahoo! Music Jukebox is a stripped-down version of its originating program.
Yahoo! Music Jukebox (YMJ) requires Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32-Bit) or Microsoft Windows Vista (32 or 64-bit) with Internet Explorer 6 or newer and Windows Media Player 9 or newer. Also the computer must have at least a Pentium III 300 MHz processor & 128MB RAM. It currently does not support running on other operating systems. Due to its dependence on ActiveX, a proprietary technology developed by Microsoft, it is likely not to be ported to other operating systems.
As of summer 2008, the Jukebox no longer streams online content. The Jukebox may still be used to manage purchased music and local music, but no longer connects to any online services. If one wants to continue streaming Yahoo! Music, they should proceed to music.yahoo.com and listen to "My Station" from the website.
- Yahoo Kills Yahoo Music Unlimited, Signs Deal With Rhapsody, retrieved April 28, 2008
- Yahoo FAQ about the switch to Rhapsody Music JukeBox
- Yahoo! Music Jukebox Official Site
- Yahoo! Music Engine Plug-ins
- Official press release about rebranding of Yahoo! Music Engine to Yahoo! Music Jukebox