Sony Ditches the Walkman… Finally!

14 12 2010

I recently read a funny article announcing the retirement of the Sony Walkman. I’m talking about the original Walkman, as in the portable cassette player. It made it’s debut in 1979 and has been in production ever since. It’s actually quite incredible that it took them this long to pull the plug on it, considering the Discman was released in 1984! You would think that by the time it became cheap enough for the masses to afford (about 1990), it would have killed the Walkman altogether. Now consider that the iPod was officially introduced in 2001. Digital music and the MP3 age was in full swing soon after and yet somehow the folks at Sony still saw a market for the portable cassette player… shocking. Well, here we are nearly 10 years since Steve Jobs changed portable music consumption and Sony has finally succumb.

Check out this funny old TV commercial for one of the first models of the Walkman. It’s pretty great.

You can also read more about the farewell of this obsolete gizmo HERE.


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