Sony Retires Cassette Walkman After 30 Years on the Shelf

This April, the final batch of Sony cassette Walkmans was shipped out to Japanese retailers. Once they’re sold, the cassette Walkman will be gone forever.

The first Sony Walkman was released in Japan on July 1, 1979. That year, the product met with limited success, selling about 5,000 units. But during the product’s 30 years on the market, it eventually sold some 200 million units.

This end in production comes just after Sony stopped production of floppy disks in March.

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