Computer jukebox and jukebox network

  • US 5,781,889 A
  • Filed: 01/11/1996
  • Issued: 07/14/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/15/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An improved computer jukebox for playing songs selected by users of the computer jukebox from a library of songs that have been digitally compressed and stored in the computer jukebox, where the selectable songs stored in the computer jukebox are capable of being updated upon the receipt of compressed song digital data, which represents at least one song, as well as song identity data, which represents the identity of each such song, the computer jukebox comprising:

  • a communication interface for receiving the compressed song digital data and the song identity data;

    computer memory storing the received compressed song data and the received song identity data for each of the songs stored;

    means for displaying, to prospective users of the computer jukebox, information that identifies the songs for which song digital data is stored in the computer memory and that is based on song identity data;

    means for permitting a user of the computer jukebox to select at least one song to be played on the computer jukebox from the song identity information displayed on the display means and for generating a signal representing the song selected by the user;

    at least one audio speaker;

    means for decompressing compressed song digital data;

    a digital to analog converter coupled between the decompressing means and the audio speaker to convert song digital data to analog signal coupled to the speaker; and

    means for processing and accessing song digital data, in response to a song selection signal, from the computer memory so that the accessed song digital data corresponds to the song selected by the user and for applying the accessed song digital data to the decompressing means and to the digital to analog converter so that the song selected is played on the computer jukebox as a result of the corresponding stored song digital data being decompressed and converted by the decompression means and the digital to analog converters, respectively, with the processing means also being responsive to compressed song digital data and to song identity data, which may be received by the communication interface of the computer jukebox, to control the storage of the received compressed song digital data and the received song identity data in the computer memory so as to update the library of songs stored in the computer jukebox.

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