Sony Finally Retires Walkman !!!
After more than 30 years of making the Walkman, Sony has announced it has finally retired the Walkman cassette tape player in Japan, marking the end of one of the most successful consumer gadgets of all time.
“There is still demand in certain regions, including emerging markets, but in Japan there has been a shift to other forms of recording media,” a Sony spokesman told The Telegraph.
Sony will continue to make the cassette Walkman in China, U.S., Europe and some Asian countries.
More than 220 million cassette Walkman players have been sold since July 1979, when Walkman were first introduced. Walkman is a device that has twice been nudged aside by next-generation tech, first by the Discman, and second by the MP3 player.
“The Walkman will be fondly remembered as the contraption which transformed listening to music from an activity conducted principally in one’s own living room, perhaps with glass of brandy in hand, to a means of irritating other people on public transport… Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. Chk. That was how it sounded when you sat next to a foam-headphoned user on the bus, overlaid with the faint but recognisable vocal inflections of Pat Benatar,” notes the BBC.