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.

We’re getting old. TC mark

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  • The Well-Read Wife

    This makes me sad. We are old indeed.
    When I was in elementary school my best friend had a Cassette Walkman, and I wanted one SO bad. My dad went on a business trip to Japan later that year. I talked to him on the phone while he was there and he was all like “guess what? I got you a walkman!”
    I went to school the next day and was like “in your face losers! my dad got me a walkman!” Only when he got home it wasn't a walkman. It was a GPX. wonk wonk waaaah
    (I did eventually buy a cd walkman a few years later when I got my first job. It was the yellow “sport edition” so I could listen to it when I was sitting around not jogging. I wonder if they're still going to make those?)

  • beth

    Will it be the new collectible?

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