RIP the Sony Walkman
These days, so many of us wander aimlessly around the streets, getting music poured into our heads courtesy of an iPod or similar mp3-playing device. But what of the gizmo that started it all off – the Sony Walkman?
Well, it is with deep regret that we bring to you news of the DEATH of the cassette version of the Sony Walkman, 31 years after it was first launched. Yes that’s right, death. Amazingly, Sony never stopped producing the cassette Walkman, even when its sales shrivelled up after the introduction of the CD-playing Discman and the advent of the mp3 player. Until now.
Sony have sold 200 million cassette Walkmans (Walkmen?) since 1979 but the last ones rolled off the production line in April, and once they’re all gone, that’s it. A fitting musical tribute follows after this sad story.
We’ll leave the final, final word on the Sony Walkman to ‘m57’, who left the following comment about it all on the Gizmodo website: “Whether you're talking about the cassette Walkman or the CD Walkman with skip control, Van Halen rocked and has never sounded better.”
Amen to that…