Ecast announced during the January 2005 Consumer Electronics Show that it had deployed its 3000th digital downloading jukebox, at the Beacon Hill Pub, a Boston tavern operated by Melo-Tone Vending, a leading New England route operator for more than 50 years. All 3000 Ecast jukeboxes run Windows® XP Embedded, according to a company spokesperson.
The Ecast powered Rock-Ola Wallette is a
broadband-enabled, "digital downloading jukebox" intended for
commercial, pay-per-play use. This full featured jukebox provides access to a catalog of over 150,000 songs available via Ecast's
US-wide secure, location-based broadband entertainment network.
"My Ecast-powered jukeboxes outperform my CD jukeboxes by as much as 4 to 1, and that's because they have access to such a huge catalog of music, and because they never go down," said Christian Vara from Melo-Tone Vending, which operates a route of 33 Ecast jukeboxes throughout the greater Boston area. "If my jukeboxes don't work, I lose money, so reliability is critical."
"Containing all of the features, functionality, and familiarity of Windows® XP Professional in componentized form, Windows® XP Embedded makes it faster, easier and less expensive for device makers to develop reliable and full-featured connected devices," said Scott Horn, senior director, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft. "Ecast's digital-downloading jukeboxes exemplify the kinds of innovative devices being built with XP Embedded technologies."
Specifications for the Wallette: