Sony (Mostly) Retires the Cassette Walkman

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Sony WalkmanWho here besides me remembers popping an audio cassette into your Sony Walkman and furiously manipulating the Play and Rewind buttons over and over again to learn that killer Yngwie lick? Yeah, well, say goodbye to that era (if you haven't already).

s the world turns to increasingly futuristic means of accessing music on the go, we say goodbye to an old friend. Sony announced it has halted the Japanese manufacture and distribution of the cassette Walkman. The company will, however, continue production in China, to service users (a group comprising primarily the elderly) in the U.S. and Europe.

The Walkman, which was the world's first affordable portable music player, was first released on July 1, 1979, in Japan. Over the next 30 years, Sony sold some 220 million units. But with the advent first of the portable CD player, and then with the iPod and other MP3 players, the cassette Walkman has, like the rotary phone, the typewriter, and even rabbit ears, become the anachronistic butt of tech jokes.

Goodbye old friend!

 

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