Big Hunt Goes Automatic

Now I’ve never been a real jukebox fan, not the kind that obsesses over them & knows what bars specialize in which kind of music. Me, I’m just happy when there is a good tune at a decent volume, softly pulsing in the background. Loud music actually grates on my nerves, and I often just say “no” to “Yes”

That being said, I do like old school jukeboxes, the kind that have big plastic buttons used to play actual CD’s, or better yet, records. The act of browsing a physical inventory is a very soothing act. An act that thanks to technology is fading fast.

I am here at the Big Hunt, and I’m staring at the future automatic. This time, it

6 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:23 pm

    The Big Hunt has had a digital jukebox for about 3 years. It was one of the first in town. And its supreme awesomeness is one of the things that got my Big Hunt gang together there in the first place.

    While I agree that many tech advances are erasing the “soul” from society. I think internet jukeboxes increase it. Now there are unlimited possibilies for people to showcase their individual tastes and personalities and to find kindred rocking spirits. What is souless about that?

  2. darpino (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:24 pm

    If you want a real old school Jukebox try Dan’s Cafe on 18th St.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:35 pm

    It’s a matter of expansion, I suppose. Good ol’ mechanical jukeboxes, for all their kitschy joy, can’t hold much in the way of tunes. A jukebox like that one, though, can hold the better part of the world’s music :)

  4. TheRealProblem (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 9:08 am

    The real problem with this “automatic” internet jukeboxes is that the give you the option to “make mine first” for an extra fee. This creates a defacto “free market” jukebox which has the possibility of being dominated by the richest dude in the bar, who may or may not want to rock out to the entire length of some terrible favorite album of his. Its Bush ecomonics on my music and I don’t like it.

  5. Don (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    I’m a programmer-Luddite, as my MIS-manager father calls me, and while I agree that a lot of things are made BAD by technology I am very much not with you on this one, Wayan. There ARE bad digital jukeboxes – they have ONLY one or two top-40 hits on them rather than entire CDs. But the one the BH used to have (haven’t been there in 6+ months) was awesome. Want it bad enough to wait for it to download? Bing! There it it.

    I’d agree with TRP about the ‘play mine first’ except that I have spent $5 at Lost Weekend when I first walked in the door, drank for 4 hours and never heard a single song. When you just Have to Hear It Now that feature is a godsend.

  6. wayan (unregistered) on September 19th, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Top 40 hits?! See this is the exact problem with Internet jukes & why I loved mechanical ones – audio consistency.

    When its mechanical, you know in general what songs you’ll listen to in a night. No surprise Megadeath or Maria Carrey. It also gave bars a specific feel to them, if the juke is all Top 40, you’ll have a different clientele than if its all Country.

    The best jukes had just enough variety; you could be surprised, but not so much that it would be a jarring surprise. With that Internet juke, I had to listen to a whole record of something way to loud and angry and it killed the good mood I usually get at the Hunt.

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