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Goodbye, Sony Walkman. Thanks for the memories



First Sony WalkmanSony has officially halted the manufacture and sales of its cassette Walkman. I feel like part of my childhood has died.

According to media reports, the last batch of the low-cost/portable music players was shipped to Japanese retails in April. (Seriously, Japanese consumers were still buying these? For what?!?)

"The first generation Walkman (which was called the Soundabout in the U.S., and the Stowaway in the UK) was released on July 1, 1979 in Japan," reminds us. "Although it later became a huge success, it only sold 3,000 units in its first month. Sony managed to sell some 200 million iterations of the cassette Walkman over the product line's 30-year career."

[Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 8:42am]


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