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Sony finally stops selling cassette Walkman players

updated 11:45 am EDT, Fri October 22, 2010

Sony ceases production of cassette Walkmans

After more than 30 years of producing its Walkman portable cassette players, Sony said it's ending sales of the Walkman. The final batch was produced in Japan in April, and no more will be produced as soon as the current run is sold out. Just over 200 million cassette Walkman players have been sold over the years since being first introduced in 1979.

Sony will continue to make and sell CD- and MiniDisc-based Walkmans, as well as its latest flash-based devices. Cloned but Sony-branded Walkmans will continue to be made by Chinese makers in Asia and the Middle East.

The Walkman is widely credited with pioneering the concept of personal, portable audio beyond the radio. It helped spur on the cassette as a popular format and also maintained interest in albums. Interest only began to fade in the 1990s when the Discman took over, and saw a more definite end when the iPod was in sight. [via CrunchGear]

Sony Walkman WM-2 from 1980

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_William

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    So Long

    Now what am I gonna do with all my cassettes?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Lot of movies had the walkman with cameo roles.

    Also, as much as these are a pop culture icon, apple sold 250 million iPods as of january 2010, and that's only a recent surge of sales. I remember when i was the only one with an iPod for a few years till they caught on.

    The several walkmans i've owned over the years were extremely cool to have, sadly i never had the money to get new batteries when i really wanted to use it.

    - A

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