Who Invented the First Jukebox?


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The first jukebox was invented by Louis Glass and his business partner, William S. Arnold, in 1889. They gave their first demonstration of the pay-to-play device on November 23, 1889 at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. Glass and Arnold patented their new device as a "Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph."

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The device unveiled by Glass and Arnold was also known as the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph. A total of 15 devices were installed for public use and collected about $4,000 during their first 6 months of operation, which was a significant sum for the 1890s.

The first selective automatic music devices began to appear in the early 1900s. One of the most successful was the "Automatic Entertainer," which was invented by John Gabel in 1906 and offered 24 musical selections.

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