LAS VEGAS - TouchTunes Music Corp. unveiled a new version of its jukebox software at the AMOA International Expo in its hometown. TouchTunes' Version 2.2.0 provides new broadband data communications capabilities, enhanced diagnostics, an improved music search routine for "Tune Central," and a "self-promotion engine" that makes use of the network connection to enable automatic jukebox promotional activity on location.
The broadband enhancement is at the heart of the new release. Operator customers can update their jukeboxes by upgrading existing software (V.1.9.0 or above) by downloading the new package. Once the jukebox is connected to any broadband medium, whether cable or a digital subscriber line, the operator will enjoy the benefits immediately. And many features are being developed for release in 2005, TouchTunes disclosed.
Less than half of U.S. locations currently are broadband capable, TouchTunes president John Perrachon pointed out. It thus is important to support both methods, and the latest software revision greatly enhances this flexibility.
The immediate advantages include express updating of "Tune Central" in "near real time" (less than two minutes) and rapid song downloads (less than three minutes each). The new version also provides for update of setting changes applied remotely by the company's customers through their "Web-Operator Tool."