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The TouchTunes Music Corporation, formerly known as the Technical Maintenance Corporation was founded in 1993 in Westlake, Ohio. Tony Mastronardi, Guy Nathan, and Steve Udovic became its active founders. Specializing in the production, distribution, and servicing of their digital jukeboxes, TouchTunes revolutionized the jukebox industry by utilizing the transfer of MP3 music files straight to individual jukeboxes from their massive database of songs, instead of relying on the efforts of the customers to buy CDs to keep their play list up to date.[1] Along with a brand new touchscreen user interface and Bose speakers, TouchTunes became an industry leader with its first model, the Genesis, as well as later models like the Maestro. "The company also provides PlayPorTT, a portable game and music system that provides interactive game and music; and myTouchTunes that allows its members to create and share play lists, find TouchTunes locations, and interact with other TouchTunes users, as well as offers conversion kits, Connec-TT, and operator dashboards."[2]

Originally launching the first fully digital pay-per-play jukebox in 1998, TouchTunes is present in over 60,000 bars and restaurants in North America, and is second only to iTunes in volume of paid music downloads.[3]

TouchTunes has also been involved in aiding the American military effort by sending six of their jukeboxes oversees to American military bases. The CEO "said the military has been a good client for many years, and it was gratifying to be able to do this",[4] and for the home front, TouchTunes has sponsored the USAG (United States Air Guitar) Championships held in San Francisco, and has used this as a stage to launch some of its products, as well as to get to know its customer base a little better.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Traiman, Steve (10 February 2001). "TOUCHTUNES MUSIC BRINGS DIGITAL DOWNLOADING TO THE JUKEBOX". Billboard. 113 (6).
  2. "Company Overview of TouchTunes Music Corporation". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved Jan 20, 2014.
  3. "TouchTunes continues to break new ground in bringing the world's most innovative technologies to social venues". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. Marlowe, Chris (12 May 2003). "Gift of music for oversees troops". The Hollywood Reporter: 9.
  5. Shewczyk, Larisa Jayne (6/5/2008). "TouchTunes Prepares For Ax-Free Rocking At U.S. Air Guitar Championships". Vending Times. Retrieved 2014-01-26. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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