How To Build A Music Jukebox Using An Old PC

jukHead   How To Build A Music Jukebox Using An Old PCI have a ton of old machines with Windows 2000 and Windows XP on them. Some of them aren’t even that old or slow. I see plenty of Pentium 4 machines in the bunch so I want to repurpose one of them as a music jukebox. A jukebox is something I grew up with in our pool hall and recreation rooms.  The newer ones have CD’s in them and the older ones played records. Ours is going to play MP3’s. Are you excited to build your music jukebox? I am!

Start by browsing on over to here and then hit the download link on the left hand side. You will need to download both files. The support files as well as the application. The support files will install the framework for the application. Install the MSI from the first download and then extract the files from the second download somewhere you will be able to find them.

After you have completed these steps run the UncleT’s Jukebox.exe file in the root of the folder where you extracted the files to.

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After the loading is complete you will see the initial jukebox screen like so:

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The bad part about the application is that you have to set up your music files the way it wants them. Every artist should have their own directory.  Each album associated with an artist should be listed as a subdirectory within the artist directory.  The song files of an album should be listed as filenames within the album directory.

Valid media files include:

AUDIO files: MP3 WMA
VIDEO files: MPG MPEG AVI WMV ASF FLV, CDG
IMAGE files: JPG, GIF, BMP, JPEG, ICO
LYRIC files: TXT

For an older machine you might not want to throw video files in there but if your machine can handle it by all means give it a shot.

Next we will need to show the application where the music directory lives. For this click on the arrow shown in the following shot to activate your options:

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That will slide out this panel:

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Hit the OPTS button for options. You will then see this screen:

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Navigate to your music directory that has been setup as we said above. Then hit add path. After that you will need to click on Update Album List. It will do its thing and bring in your music. Click exit when you are done. But note that if your tracks do not start with numbers you will need to do this:

The software defaults to the assumption that each song track filename is prefixed with unique “track number” digits. If your song filenames do not start with track number digits then no “valid” song files will be found. If this is the case, then simply go into the Options menu and under the “Misc(Page1)” section select “Assign numbers to all song tracks” then reload your library. This informs the software that the song filenames do NOT include track numbers and that the software should assign track numbers to each valid song file found.

After you get all that completed you will see your music library. Note this is not my library and I am not a country music fan!!

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The buttons are self explanatory. To launch this full screen just go to your menu and choose full screen. You now have a dedicated Juke Box from an old computer. Good job! And if it’s fast enough you can watch music videos and look at lyrics as well.

You will be able to search through your music, create playlists, use the system with a touch screen and much more. This seems to be chock full of options. It does require some time to set up your library but when you are done it sure is worth it!

Do you use any other music jukebox software?   Let us know your music setup in the comments!

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8 Comments -

Patrick

That is great…I have an old laptop that is looking for something to do!

Michael

I’m using AmpJuke (DISCLAIMER: I’m also the inventor of the script).
It’s web-based.
AmpJuke uses the tags within the music tracks (mp3,wma,mp4,ogg etc.etc.) to build a music catalog, rather than having to rely on a certain directory structure, specific filenames etc.
Besides that, it has integration to last.fm’s API and is also using the API from Microsoft Bing to automatically retrieve album covers and performer images.

eldino

Damn, i’d love to get a cool jukebox app to play my 1tb library, but this one… err.. sorry but it’s ugly as fuck! :-| a blind dude could design a better and more eye candy GUI! :-| do u have some other jukebox software to suggest?

Karl Gechlik

Well the point of this post was that it could be installed on a slower older machine. Yes the design isnt pretty but it is functional and does do music videos.

Roscoe

I use freebox jukebox. Nice interface, kind of like the touch tunes ones in the bars. You can lock it down in a commercial setting as well.

eldino

@roscoe
Nice suggestion, it looks definitely less ugly than this one
! starred ;)