Sony Retires Cassette Walkman After 30 Years

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Sony has finally halted the manufacture and production of the cassette Walkman, the very first low-cost portable music player. Those of us who didn't just graduate from high school still remember our very first Walkman — it was revolutionary for its time, allowing people to enjoy music privately outside their homes.

The first generation Walkman was released on July 1, 1979 in Japan. Sony sold 200 million units of the cassette Walkman over the product line's 30-year career.

The cassette Walkman's decline began in the 1990's with the popularity of CD players. The combination of CDs and MP3 players, like iPods, have made the cassette Walkman obsolete. But, the Walkman is and always will be the original portable music player.

Do your kids even know what a cassette Walkman is?

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