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First Jukebox[edit]

A couple of points. The first jukebox has been credited to Louis Glass at a San Francisco saloon in 1877. And the first Wurlitzer juke was dubbed a Debutante (...). Trekphiler 21:23, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

This is not possible since Edison patented the phonograph in 1880. See the sfweekly reference for the proper date of the first jukebox.


It seems this subject could use a disambiguation page but I'm afraid I don't know how to make one. There shouldn't be several possabilities defined within the article that is not disambiguous. (mswer 03:26, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

Am i the only one who has heard the style of car design from the late 50's (paticularly American, though also used by Ford and Vauxhall elsewhere and GAZ in Russia) as "jukebox"? (talk) 22:03, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

There was jukebox in the 1940's that had a live operator who would ask you what song you wanted. I do not know the name of it.


No images of jukeboxes?! Bill D 17:30, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. :-) Fred. 2006-06-12 23:42 (CET)

I've linked Commons:Category:Jukeboxes, which has quite a few images. Perhaps some should be added to the article. Also, I notice that there is one "dead" image linked in the article. - Jmabel | Talk 06:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC)


I think this article has issues with NPOV, especially in the "Aesthetic Styles" section. If someone could clean this up, that would be great.--MoMo the Pirate 02:27, 20 August 2006 (UTC) THIS IS THE COOLEST THING TO EVER COME OUT................SIKE

How do jukeboxes work anyway?[edit]

Is there an article that teaches how the mechanical systems of jukeboxes work? Thats what I am curious about. this article only talks about history and appearance, not how they work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:11, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

There is a non-commercial website that discusses jukebox mechanics, including pictures and patent drawings:

The site also discusses the aesthetics of the jukebox, the companies that made jukeboxes, organized crime and jukeboxes, and the decline and resurrection of the jukebox. The whole treatment may be found at

That site is largely devoted to Swing Dancing and Retro Culture, and juke boxes fit in as an essential component. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:09, 12 June 2009 (UTC)


discuss te origin of the word —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:23, 27 December 2007 (UTC)


The part about Sound Leisure reads like an ad. (talk) 09:31, 19 October 2008 (UTC)


From the mid 80s to the mid 90s I worked within an electronic design company called Baildon Electronics (based in Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire) that helped design a CD Juke Box with the Fender logo. I have one of these Juke boxes and most of the schematics and source code for it. I wondered if it may be relevant to place the 'history and design details' under the heading 'Jukebox' or to add a separate article?

Thanks Daveejhitchins (talk) 12:39, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

How a Juke Box works[edit]

I became a service engineer within the leisure industry in 1972. The company being called the Gainsmead Group sited in Wideopen Newcastle Upon Tyne England. A chap called Paul Gains-Cooper headed the company up. Its main base was situated in Heckmonwike Yorkshire England. Albert Levey was the then director. Alan Black was the senior Engineering manager, the now owner of Sound leisure. The company changed hands once again and was then taken over by M.A.M. Industries. (Music,Agency,Managment) Headed up by Barry Sullivan. The company changed once again and re-named M.A.M. Inn Play Headed up by Peter Hazelrigg; he changed the operating name to M.A.M. Leisure. I personally worked for the company for some 12 years as an engineer then as service manager for a further 4 years. The company is now no longer operating. The equipment operated was as follows. Seeburg, Rocola, Rowe Ami, Wurlitzer and there main line N.S.M. (Napps, Shultz, Manga) Built in Germany. N.S.M. came in two operating formats. Toriodal selector, and Pin selector. Most Juke Boxes use a pin type memory selector system. Seeburg use the Toriodal system. It needs to be noted that Seeburg sued N.S.M. for infringement of copyright patent that is why we have two types of selector systems within the N.S.M. range. They came to an arrangement with Seeburg and so reverted back to the Toriodal system a much superior system. View Jukebox mechanism (Article) (talk) 22:17, 2 February 2010 (UTC) (talk) 22:45, 2 February 2010 (UTC) (talk) 22:46, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Purpose of a talk page[edit]

  • Article talk pages should not be used by editors as a platform for their personal views, nor for casual conversation. Article talk pages are only to be used for discussing improvements to their associated pages. WP:Talk page

Information about the workings of a juke box should, logically, be placed on the article page itself, not on this page, which is for discussion of the contents of the article. ♦ Jongleur100 talk 23:26, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

First Digital Jukebox[edit]

I have removed the below from the article; -- The world's first[citation needed] commercial digital jukebox was demonstrated by TouchTunes Music Corporation of Montreal in May 1994[citation needed], and becoming available outside Canada in September 1998. The product, named Genesis, had a selection of 750 songs and no ability for instant download.

The above fact is incorrect. The first company to demonstrate a Digital Jukebox was the UK company Sound Leisure in August 1988. The product, named Nimbus, was initially shown to a group of senior trade executives and press at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield and then to general public at the Novotel Previews at Hammersmith in October 1988. The Nimbus was arguably the catalyst for digital jukeboxes as we know them today.)

link to article from UK Coinslot magazine Dated 5th August 1988 [1] --

I did this for two reasons; Firstly it is obviously contradictory. Secondly, neither claim is adequately cited. The TouchTunes claim has no cites at all to back it up. The Sound Leisure claim does have an image of a trade magazine article that goes some way to supporting the claim. However, the source of this image is not a reliable source, and it also only documents a demonstration of the system. There is no evidence that the Nimbus jukebox was ever commercially available, or on what date.

If anyone has refereneces to support one or other of the claims then feel free to reinstate. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 10:37, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Modern Jukeboxes?[edit]

This article appears to be mosly about antique mechanical jukeboxes. Modern electronic jukeboxes seem to be barely mentioned in this article.Landroo (talk) 18:50, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Doing the Laundry[edit]

Seeing the jukebox article listed among 'Open Tasks' for having issues with neutrality sort of blew my mind for a moment. I thought , 'How can something as innocuous as the subject of jukeboxes lack neutrality...much less have any sort of point of view to begin with???'
Well, having examined the article, I see that issue has been taken with the Notable models section. And for good reason. It exists in blatant defiance of 2 of wikipedia's 3 core policies (specifically, this one and this one), in addition to style guidelines that frown upon laundry lists in articles.
Throughly examining the list, I found little explanation for why any of the models listed were actually notable (except, perhaps, to a jukebox enthusiast), with one exception: the Happy Days jukebox...and even that was muddled by being listed as the 1953 Seeburg M100C and then further down the list as the Seeburg Model "G" (although it appears seperate models were used in the credit sequences and the actual diner scenes throughout the series).
In this instance, I'm going to be bold and apply strict accountability to this section, as it makes the article incredibly unencyclopedic in its current form. As such, I am going to remove every jukebox in the list, save one...the aforementioned Happy Days jukebox. And in the case of that particular listing, I am going to leave it as the 1953 Seeburg M100C based on the following findings:

Examination of the jukebox in the Happy Days intro here and comparison with this model image and then cross-reference to Seeburg product listings here

My removal of the other listings is not intended to discredit the contributions of the listmaker. The problem is, there's nothing really notable about most of the listed items. I'm sure a couple of them were significant in the history of jukeboxes, but I'm not going to venture a guess as to which they were. I have no doubt that most of the information is pretty accurate, it's just that none of it can be verified and most of it...well, the average reader is going to find it largely uninteresting. I would invite the original listmaker to revisit the section and reincorporate a few of the listings in greater detail (pictures would be great). In other words, the section is Notable jukeboxes - rather than listing every model and its variations from the last, focus on a couple 'gamechangers' and incorporate some interesting facts (that can be verified) about why they were notable (like being the iconic jukebox in Happy Days).
--K10wnsta (talk) 19:20, 22 April 2010 (UTC) NOTE: I'm also removing the neutrality and OR tags.

Adding a Link referencing Australian made Jukeboxes[edit]

I have a non commercial website that details the history of the only Australian Jukebox company that designed and produced Musicola Jukeboxes from the 40's and ended in the early 60's.

Could you please add it to the links page. I would also like to add a Musicola Jukebox page to Wikipedia at a later date. Thank you —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:47, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Not a nickelodeon[edit]

I am removing the term "nickelodeon" from the lead. A nickelodeon was a small bare-bones early (circa 1905-1915) movie theater that charged a nickel for admission. When it was current, the word was never used to refer to any kind of coin-operated device, or to an amusement arcade. The popular 1949 song Music! Music! Music! ("Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon...") erroneously used it to refer to some otherwise unspecified coin-operated music-making machine, causing endless confusion ever since. Most people assume the reference is to a jukebox, or possibly a coin-operated player piano. My own best guess is that the lyricist had "orchestrion" in mind as the result of some nickelodeon-era childhood encounter with one, but the right word eluded him.

If some cautionary mention of this persistent error seems desirable in this article, so be it, but even a disclaimer ought to be avoided in the lead paragraph, where it will assuredly serve more to propagate it than quash it. AVarchaeologist (talk) 22:49, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

What about remotely controlled jukeboxes?[edit]

I don't blame anyone for never hearing of them, but they must have been a thing. Listen to the Nightbeat episode of May 18, 1951 entitled Julie the Jukebox Girl. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:00, 12 February 2016 (UTC)


the etymology of "nickelodean" needs to be included68.148.186.93 (talk) 19:13, 21 May 2016 (UTC)