Who Invented the Karaoke Machine?


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The karaoke machine was invented by a Japanese man named Daisuke Inoue. According to The Atlantic Monthly, Inoue was a drummer who was making his living by playing in bars when he got the idea for the machine.

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Who Invented the Karaoke Machine?
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Inoue claims that he got the idea when a local businessman asked him to create some tapes of music without vocals for an event. Afterwards, Inoue, who had some electrical knowledge from his school years, developed a machine to play recordings on cue. He never patented his invention because he did not expect it to become so successful. He continued inventing throughout his life and ultimately ran a successful business.

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