Sony Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of The Walkman

September 10, 2019

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Hard to believe that it has been 40 years since Sony introduced The Walkman, making music truly portable as you'd pop in a cassette tape, put on your headphones and jam out to your favorite songs.  It debuted on July 1, 1979 with Sony expecting to sell about 5,000 units a month for $150 ($500 adjusted for inflation), more than 50,000 sold in two months!  Now Sony is releasing a new version of original Walkman for 2019. Sony’s NW-A100TPS shares the same design as the 1979 cassette player, but the major difference is that this one doesn't play cassette tapes. Instead, the 16GB device plays music through Wi-Fi and Android apps. And the 3.6-inch strip of glass on the front isn't a window panel: It's actually a tiny touchscreen you can use to control your tunes. While you're listening to music, the screensaver shows an animation of a cassette tape in motion just like you'd see in an old-school Walkman. The gadget has at least one retro feature leftover from the Walkman's reign. There's still a headphone jack, so you can hook it up to your over-the-ear headphones and rock out on the go like it's the 1980s. Released in Australia and Europe, look for it to hit stores in The States in time for Christmas.

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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