In October of 2001, Apple completely reformed how we buy, store, and listen to music with the introduction of the iPod, and its operating software, iTunes. Less than one year later, Apple introduced its PC-compatible iPod and its own operating software, Musicmatch Jukebox.
Since its inception in July of 2002, Musicmatch has undergone a few changes in its look and its functionality. Also, it has undergone some changes of ownership. Internet giant Yahoo! acquired the rights to the software on October 19, 2004.
Musicmatch is essentially a software program that has an interface similar to a jukebox, but it has many features and uses that go well beyond the simple pay-for-play function of the traditional jukebox. First, Musicmatch allows users to upload their entire library of compact discs into digital files. Also, Musicmatch can link users to an extensive warehouse of digital music that can be purchased and uploaded into users' Musicmatch library.
The digital library of Musicmatch also allows users to burn their music onto compact discs.
Musicmatch also syncs directly with MP3 players. So, a user's entire library from Musicmatch Jukebox can be downloaded onto their MP3 players.
Finally, living up to its name, Musicmatch Jukebox can function just like a jukebox. With the latest version having huge storage capacities, users can upload thousands of song files into their Musicmatch Jukebox. Along with the song files, Musicmatch Jukebox also has technology that can retrieve album art for corresponding song and album files. This added visual element of the program lends itself to a listening experience closer to that of the traditional jukebox.
Once users have built their digital music library with Musicmatch Jukebox, it can be employed just like a traditional jukebox. Users can make individual, song-by-song selections, or they can even make extended "playlists" of multiple songs for extended listening.