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Monday, 25 October 2010 09:51

Walkman goes to eternal tape-winding grounds

Written by Nedim Hadzic

After a 30 year run
We’re not sure how many of our readers actually remember the time of cassette tapes, but those who do will definitely stop and think about how time flies. Sony has now announced that they’re pulling the plug on the Walkman after some 30 years and the last batch has been shipped in April.

The first Walkman was made in 1979 and launched in Japan. It then went on to conquer the world and to this day, cassette tape Walkmans have sold in more than 200 million units. Of course, it probably helped that music didn’t suck so bad back then.

Note that this does not in any way mean the death of the brand, as CD and MD-based Walkman equipment will still be around.

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+7 #1 guideX 2010-10-25 10:21
Thought it was 300 million+, nonetheless the Walkman name will always be the original, and the best ever for portable audio.
+8 #2 sidje 2010-10-25 10:56
It's 300+ million for the brand, but actual 200.020.000 for the cassette tape version
+4 #3 thomasg 2010-10-25 16:23
Wow I didn't even realize they were still making the cassette tape version until April, I thought they stopped years ago!
+8 #4 mrgerbik 2010-10-25 16:25
you make me feel so damn old when you say you're not sure how many readers actually remember the time of cassette tapes ....

+4 #5 nECrO 2010-10-25 17:45
Glad I am not the only one feeling old!

Ahh, those were the days. Walking the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ, looking at the girls while I listened to my Walkman. Had to be careful not to do too much rewinding or fast forwarding, it ate the batteries much faster.
+3 #6 dineaudio 2010-10-25 20:23
I can still remember walking my dog sometime in the late 80's and having a walkman in my pocket... and how I got frustrated when the batteries went weak and the sound started to sound sloooooooowwwww ww..... :) good old days. [censored]em. ;P

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