Jukeboxes That Play Cds

There are several types of jukeboxes that play CDs.

The jukebox has its origins in small bars and taverns of the early 20th century, where owners could not afford to provide live music. The jukebox allowed patrons to play and enjoy popular music in even the smallest establishment. After World War II the jukebox became a fixture in bars and restaurants courting young patrons until its popularity began to decline in the 1970s. Originally, jukeboxes played records, but with the digital revolution, several companies have introduced jukeboxes that play CDs.


Wurlitzer, one of the original jukebox producers, experienced its greatest success in the 1930s and early 1940s. The Wurlitzer name was purchased by a new company that now produces a line of CD jukeboxes replicating popular Wurlitzer styles from the 1940s and 1950s. Sold under the “One More Time” banner, the new CD jukeboxes come in a variety of styles, including the classic bubbler model 1015, the Princess, which mimics the design of the 1015 but is much smaller and can be mounted on a base or placed on a counter; the Peacock 850, a replica of one of Wurlitzer’s original art deco designs from 1941, and the 2000 model, replicating the 1957 Wurlitzer chrome and glass jukebox. Capacity varies by style but is generally around 100 CDs, and several models are available with iPod docks as well.


Another big name from the heyday of jukeboxes, Rock-Ola was purchased and used to create a line of CD jukeboxes. The Rock-Ola replications include the Rock-Ola Nostalgic CD bubbler, touted as the most popular jukebox of all-time, with eight bubble tubes, the Gazelle, a recreation of the rare machine in the art deco style produced in a limited number during World War II, and the Peacock, with color-changing peacock feathers and six bubble tubes. Rock-Ola also produces an officially licensed Harley Davidson jukebox. Rock-Ola CD jukeboxes typically hold up to 100 CDs, and no current models are compatible with iPods.


The Crosley Company, founded in the 1920s on the principal that high-quality electronics could be created for a lower price, produces a number of CD jukeboxes that replicate the Wurlitzer 1015, including an Elvis Presley model in white. These models generally hold 10 CDs or fewer and can be either full-sized or table-top. Many of the Crosley models also feature AM/FM radio, the ability to play cassette tapes, and iPod connections.