Hole In One

Musical Machines

By Jessica Hale

Vending machines are a low-maintenance, high-profit method of selling just about anything. But when was the last time you got to taste a candy bar before you bought it? Intune Inc. has introduced a new, interactive vending machine that sells CDs instead of chips and chocolate bars. Each machine holds up to 24 CD titles and features sturdy, built-in headphones so customers can listen before they buy. Customers simply select the disc and song they'd like to listen to, adjust the volume using the machine's control panel, and the music does the selling.

Once the customer is ready to buy, the machine accepts cash, credit cards or debit cards. Intune Inc. provides a catalog of the latest music titles, but there's no obligation to buy from Intune. You're free to stock the machine with any music you'd like, whether it's local talent or top-40 hits. Intune machines range in price from $7,800 to $9,000, depending on which features you choose.

For more information, call (800) 6-INTUNE.

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This article was originally published in the January 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Hole In One.

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