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1889

The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. “It was called “nickel-in-a-slot” because that was the amount of money needed to make a selection. Later, the term was shortened to nickelodeon. In 1906, John Gabel invented the “Automatic Entertainer,” a music machine that replaced the wax cylinder with 78-rpm disc recordings and offered several selections of records that could be played. Gabel’s Automatic Entertainer dominated the market until the mid-1920s.” [Source: Encyclopedia.com and the Orange County Register.]