Internet terminals offering instant access to more than two million songs are to be installed in pubs across the country as part of a revolutionary plan to stop jukeboxes becoming obsolete.
Each year pubs scrap more than 1,000 jukeboxes as they become less popular with customers.
The fast turnover of acts in today's charts and the instant access to music available from music TV, digital radio and the internet mean most of the music on existing CD jukeboxes becomes too old and too limited to appeal to music-loving pub goers.
Inspired Broadcast Networks, the digital division of quiz machine and gambling giant Leisure Link, is teaming up with Entertainment UK, the largest music distributor in Europe, in an effort to turn the tide.
They plan to install thousands of broadband-enabled jukeboxes that can be updated from a central server and will offer customers millions of tracks, which can be recent releases or back catalogue numbers.
The hi-tech devices will also enable pub goers to instantly order the CD or ring tone of the track they are listening to and, by paying an extra 50p, they can move their chosen song to the front of the queue.
Entertainment Music has also clinched a deal with the major record labels to allow new releases to be featured on the jukeboxes before they are available in the shops.
"We have spent a great deal of time researching the market so we can launch a product that will change the way consumers listen to music outside their homes," said Norman Crowley of Inspired Broadcast Networks
"Our jukebox will provide venue owners with better ways to entertain their customers and will also increase revenue for the music industry," he added.
Inspired Broadcast Networks already operates a network of 6,000 gaming machines in pubs across the UK and recently launched a wi-fi network called the Cloud, which enables laptop users to access the internet wirelessly from pubs and restaurants.