Q: Does this jukebox require any licensing? A: Yes, a paid public performance license is required (in addition to any other required state/local state licensing)
Q: Is this jukebox licensable by the Jukebox License Organization (JLO)? A: As of January 2007, No... The JLO license does not cover any jukebox that 'employs the use of a hard drive'
Q: Where can I get proper paid public performance licensing? A: There are two options: Through ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC directly: You need to fill out a License Agreement form with each separately. You are responsible for maintaining your
jukebox counts and payments. Song usage reports for ASCAP/BMI are handled by the software (Assumes a yearly maintenance mode subscription for JukeANator). Through Digital Jukebox Technologies, L.L.C (DJT):: DJT maintains your jukebox count (based on the number of licenses you have purchased and their registered location), makes payments separately to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC on your behalf and submits song usage reports to ASCAP/BMI for your jukeboxes on your behalf. (Assumes a yearly blanket subscription for JukeANator)
Q: How much are the license fees? A: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC may have slightly different fee schedules. Currently ASCAP and BMI are the same flat rate. With SESAC, the first license is higher, then remaining licenses are the same fee. All three PROs fees are based solely on the number of jukeboxes made available for public use, and unlike JLO, this number can easily be adjusted as your route changes. Fees are not currently based on the number of plays or revenue! Basically all three PROs licenses cost about the same as the JLO license.
Q: What are Use Reports and what do I do with them? A: Use Reports are basically a quarterly report containing a list of songs played and number of times each song was played by the jukebox.
Use Reports are currently required by the ASCAP and BMI Paid Public Performance License Agreement.
At the start of each quarter the jukebox will automatically generate a use report file from the previous quarter's data and can be
automatically submitted to the JukeNator (if connected, otherwise, you need to email the song usage reports to DJT).
Through agreements with ASCAP and BMI we will compile your individual reports into one file and forward them to ASCAP and BMI for you.
A copy of the final report submitted to the PROs will be emailed back to you.
Use Reports are used by ASCAP and BMI to determine distribution of the copyright holder's share of the license fee.
They do not currently affect your license fee in any way.
Additionally, the submitted use reports do not contain any location specific information.
It is your responsibility to comply with all applicable copyright laws, including the purchase of any necessary
Paid Public Performance License Agreements, local and state licenses, and the lawful and authorized purchase of all song files.
Most importantly, that you do not infringe upon the rights of the song copyright owners by unlawfully reproducing/distributing
songs files. Put simply, if you buy 1 song from on online music store, it can be deployed to exactly ONE jukebox. The second
you make a copy of that song and put it on a different jukebox, then that is in violation of copyright law...
Q: Does music have to be specially prepared for use with JukeANator? A: Unlike the competition, music does not have to be specially "prepared" for use with JukeANator digital jukeboxes... If a song is named
Song Artist - XX - Song Name, where XX is the track number, then JukeANator will use that for song naming. Otherwise, if a song has
embedded tags for Song Artist/Track/Song Name, then those will be used. As a last result, the song name will be the song filename, the song artist
will be "Unknown" and the track will be the number that the song appears in the file listing. The genre, CD artist and CD title are determined
by how the content is stored on the hard drive. For "Compilation" or "Various Artist" CDs, use a CD artist folder called "Compilations". The
genre can be anything you want it to be and the CD title is also anything you want it to be. For multi-album collections, you can use any
numbering format you want (e.g. Disc 1, Disc 2, etc.). For cover art, if there is a JPG file in the folder where the songs are called "cover.jpg",
then that will automatically be used. A second resort is to use any JPG file that exists in the folder. A third resort is to use
the embedded cover art that is stored in most songs today. A last resort is to use a default "Cover Art goes here" image. You are free to edit ANY of the above after-the-fact using the CD Properties dialog!
Q: Can I use Windows Media Player (.WMA) song files or Windows Media DRM protected songs with JukeANator? A: Unlike the competition, YES, JukeANator can play song files that require Windows Media Player (including DRM songs)
Q: Can I use 'old school' iTunes (.AAC/.M4P) song files or iTunes DRM protected songs with JukeANator? A: Unlike the competition, YES, JukeANator can play song files that require Apple QuickTime (including DRM songs)
Q: Can I use different types of encoded song files (such as Ogg-Vorbis or FLAC)? A: Unlike the competition, YES, JukeANator can be configured to play any song that you can configure Winamp, Windows Media Player or Quicktime to play!
Just add the appropriate plugin to your system and configure the supported file types for that song player for the JukeANator configuration.
Q: Can I mix and match different types of song files that require different song players on the same jukebox? A: Unlike the competition, YES, JukeANator can be configured to dynamically switch the song player (based upon supported file type), so
that you don't have to repurchase songs that you already bought online in a different format!
Q: How many songs/CDs can JukeANator support? A: Basically, as many songs/CDs that you can possibly afford to put in one location. Believe it or not, a "sweet spot" for the number of locally
stored CDs seems to be around 400 (which includes ALL songs on those CDs)
Q: Does JukeANator stop playing a song after 5 minutes like TouchTunes/eCast? A: NO!!! I personally resent playing "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd on a TouchTunes box just to hear it cut out after 5 minutes...