CD Format "On The Way Out" Says Top Warners Executive
LOS ANGELES - Warner Bros. Records is releasing its first-ever album in digital download format only, with no CD version to be published, on Sept. 27, and top executives predict that CDs will eventually disappear from the market. Perry Watts-Russell, a senior vice-president at Warner Bros. Is quoted in the Washington Post as saying: "The CD [is]... on its way out.... The writing is on the wall." Watts-Russell cautioned that the CD is still important in today's market, but said non-CD releases would become increasingly common. But he suggested that the demise of the format is inevitable. The CD-less album is "Blame It On the Youth" from a group called The Sun. DVD and vinyl versions will be available.
Weak Performance Prompts Dave & Buster's To Convert Jillian's
DALLAS , Dave & Buster's Inc. will convert most of its nine Jillian's stores to the D&B's brand. The company acquired the facilities out of bankruptcy last year. Management spent $8 million on capital improvements to the Jillian's stores, and an additional $10 million upgrading games and food, yet still wasn't able to turn around the locations around using the Jillian's name and concept. D&B's said this week that its second-quarter 2005 fiscal results would be lower than originally forecast. D&B's stock prices dropped some 20% on early trading following the news. The good news: comparable store revenues for D&B-branded stores rose 0.2% for the quarter, as compared to the same period last year. D&B's vice-president of amusements Cory Haynes told VT that price-value promotions are driving traffic and boosting sales significantly.
'Fast and Furious' Motion Simulator To Feature Tsunami Platform
FREMONT, CA , Tsunami Visual Technologies has been selected by Raw Thrills and Betson Enterprises to offer a motion simulator version of RT's "The Fast and the Furious." After a year of development, the product, called "The Fast and the Furious Motion Deluxe," will debut at AMOA International Expo next month at the Betson and Tsunami booths. TVT will handle sales and marketing, said the company's national sales director Mehdi Eghbal.
TouchTunes Will Give Away 10 Jukeboxes At AMOA Expo
LAS VEGAS , TouchTunes Music Corp. will give away 10 digital downloading jukeboxes to operators in a free sweepstakes drawing at the upcoming AMOA Expo (Sept. 14 through 16, Las Vegas). In theory, a single operator or distributor could win all 10. An 11th jukebox is earmarked for distributors only; a 12th will be donated to a raffle benefiting the AMOA Education Foundation's Wayne E. Hesch Memorial Scholarship. The giveaways represent the finale of TouchTunes' Amazing Race To 1,500 sales promotion. To enter the sweepstakes drawing, operators must attend three TouchTunes events at the Expo and have their Pit Pass document punched to verify attendance. Operators will also receive sweepstakes entry tickets for verification. Only operators and distributors qualify to win the first 10 jukeboxes, but all visitors are eligible to win personal raffle prizes of Bose "Wave" CD/radios, Bose headphones, and TouchTunes apparel. Events include a Wednesday, Sept. 14, party at the Las Vegas Hilton Directors suite from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM; a round table lunch beginning 11:30 AM on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Convention Center North Hall (rooms 259 and 257); and the "Amazing Race" finale and drawing at Hilton Ballroom A on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Operators may RSVP immediately for a "Pit Pass" (master pass to all events) by calling tel. (888) 338-5853. Alternatively, operators may visit TouchTunes' exhibit booth (#2117) for a pass. Operators must be present at the Finale to win the jukeboxes and must have a one-year TouchTunes music and service agreement to activate them. John Perrachon, TouchTunes CEO and president, said the marketing campaign is designed to boost show attendance.
Ecast Lounge Returns To AMOA Expo
LAS VEGAS , Ecast Inc. will host its "Download Lounge" at its booth (#2717) at this year's AMOA International Expo. Showgoers with invitations may enjoy free espresso, food and beer in the lounge during Expo hours. To have names added to the guest list, show visitors can call the "Download Lounge" RSVP hotline at tel. (866) Hi-Ecast, ext. 8.
Century Club Cancels Fall MeetingLAS VEGAS , The Century Club will not hold its semi-annual meeting during AMOA International Expo in Las Vegas, according to an announcement by president Steve Kordek, the legendary pinball machine engineer from Williams. The group, which includes trade veterans of at least 25 years, will meet in Chicago in March during the Amusement Showcase International.