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Sony Walkman Production Ends: Cassette Not PMP

When I first heard that Sony were ending production of the Walkman I thought that this was for the current range of PMP devices, but I was wrong. It seems that the cassette Walkman was still being produced — for what reason I do not know.

The cassette device is mostly available in Japan, and will not be missed — but we should not forget the device that paved the way for the current range of MP3 and Portable Media Players. June 1979 was when Sony introduced us to the Walkman, and I can still remember my first one — seems strange how it did not feel bulky at the time.

Who would have thought that 31 years ago the device would have went on to sell more than 220 million units, Daisuke Wakabayashi from WSJ believes that it was the Walkman that helped to put Sony on the map — and we would have to agree with that. However, it is a shame that they no longer lead the way in portable music and video devices, Apple’s range of portable media devices is now king.

For those who love the old media format, then there could be a revival of the cassette player in a decade or two — you only have to look at a range of products that allows you to connect your Vinyl record players to your computer via USB. Watch this space.

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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