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Next time you're approaching the pub you might be able to grab your mobile and cue up some appropriate entrance music, if your local has the latest jukebox service from TouchTunes.

The premise is simple - using a network-enabled jukebox and allowing mobile-phone access to it. But TouchTunes goes a great deal further by allowing you to create your own playlists and check out what tracks have been selected at your nearest venue.

The jukebox is a good deal more complicated too, with a screen capable of showing photographs and feeds from popular social networking services: one's Twitterings are now no longer limited to those who've signed up to receive them, but can be shared with the drinking companions one might have had if one didn't spend one's life creating Twitter postings and updating Facebook.

The service can also be used to send dedications to the jukebox, and the details of the selection displayed on screen. Most importantly, of course, that screen can also show advertising.

It's hard to see how this is a really useful creation, though equally hard to fault it as a device of inanity, so we'll reserve judgement until we've seen one. ®

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