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Farewell to Sony Walkman

Sony Walkman WM A602
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I remember the excitement that I felt just  before my parents bought me my first Sony Walkman. It was an incredible feeling. Finally, I was going to have an electronic gadget that would make me stand out amongst my peers. I could now listen to my favourite audio cassette without being told to turn down the volume. Technology has gone a long way since those ‘good old days’. In fact, there are now so many different digital portable music devices and alternatives to audio cassettes, it was only a matter of time before Sony ceased the production of the once popular portable cassette playing audio device.

Whilst not totally unexpected, the news that production of the world’s first commercial personal stereo system that revolutionised how people listened to music, would stop, is still somewhat shocking. After-all, this was arguably one of the greatest gadget inventions of all time with sales of almost 220 million units following its launch in 1979. Although, the last batch has already been produced for the Japanese market, Sony will continue making the device in China to accommodate a dwindling band of users in US, Europe and some Asian countries before it is finally phased out.

Meanwhile, Sony’s announcement only applies to the tape Walkman. The CD and MP3 versions of the Walkman will remain in production.

Talking Point

Do you have any fond memories of the Sony Walkman?

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  1. Esha Putra

    October 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

    i was a big fans of Walkman..
    i have 3 series of walkman, from the analog one, till the digital version…
    though now i’m using the Apple’s

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  3. Henway

    October 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I still remember having one of these when I was a kid. They will sorely be missed =(

  4. Bishwajeet

    October 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I stell my sony walkman phone 🙂

  5. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    October 31, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This article remind me of does days when walkman was very popular and Sony walkman was the best in town.

  6. silpada

    December 9, 2010 at 3:10 am

    I got sony walkman as gift when I passed my first year college exams.

  7. jogging tips

    December 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I bought a 40Mb ipod about 5 years ago for £400. The battery life is very poor. I think its time i upgraded.

  8. fantastic sams

    December 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    No it is not age of cassette walk man. cassette walk man is the story of before 2000

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