R.I.P. Sony Walkman

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    Oct 31, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    I heard on the news tonight the Sony walkman is going the way of the dinosaur.

    Does anyone still have a walkman? Favourite cassette to play?

    I remember lining up at Radio Shack in 1981 to buy one at an extreme sale price of $10. I used to roller skate with my walkman listening to Blondie thinking I was uber cool.


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    Oct 31, 2010 6:53 AM GMT
    You just reminded me again to look and see if I still have mine.

    I'm sure someone will buy it off EBay.
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
    I had this knockoff that took 6 AA's and ate them like there was no tomorrow... My favorite tapes at the time were the Beatles red album and a Rollings Stones tape, both from the library. I was proud to be different from the other teens listening to MJ, Madonna, Samantha Fox, etc...
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:35 AM GMT
    i remember using the bright yellow one...
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    i played cranberries "no need to argue" there before owning a discman...
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    Oct 31, 2010 8:09 AM GMT
    I might be under 20, but I've used one of those bad boys before.
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    Oct 31, 2010 1:25 PM GMT
    aiko14 saidi remember using the bright yellow one...
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    i played cranberries "no need to argue" there before owning a discman...


    Oh my God,that's the one i had.I played that thing till it died!
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    Oct 31, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    I remember my mum buying the first Walkman for my stepfather, about 1979. It had a separate battery pack (no room for batteries in the player assembly itself), which took 2 of those big D batteries. I remember we were all blown away by hearing such great sound quality from such a 'small' device. They weren't cheap either, about $180, which was big bucks then. Of course, as with all new gadgets, the price rapidly deflated within a year or so.

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    Oct 31, 2010 1:45 PM GMT
    I had one a used it on sundays when I helped my older brother on his "penny saver" route. My song of choice then was.....

    I always feel like somebodys watching me. by Rockwell and Michael Jackson
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    Oh no... I'm from the CD age so I never even got to see these!
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    aiko14 saidi remember using the bright yellow one...
    retropod_hip.jpg

    i played cranberries "no need to argue" there before owning a discman...


    Oh man! That takes me back! Back in 1987 I got the yellow sport walkman for X-mas. It was my favorite gift. Funny...It cost $100 back then.

    How the world has changed. Now I have an iPhone, iPad. I haven't bought a CD in...2 years! Cassette tape? What is this you speak of???
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    I was cleaning out a drawer a couple of weeks ago and found my Walkman with a radio that I had purchased back in the 1990's. The radio has both AM and FM and it still works great. Unfortunately the foam around the headphones split up into little bits.
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    Can you still buy a cassette tape? I haven't seen one in many years, but I haven't looked for one either. I would have thought the original Walkman would have disappeared already. Gone are the days of the path occasionally being littered with streamers of shredded and eaten cassette tapes when taking a run in the park.
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    ShinyToyTrev saidOh no... I'm from the CD age so I never even got to see these!


    Me too, and now even portable CD players are basically extinct!
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    Oct 31, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    Heartrobb saidCan you still buy a cassette tape? I haven't seen one in many years, but I haven't looked for one either. I would have thought the original Walkman would have disappeared already. Gone are the days of the path occasionally being littered with streamers of shredded and eaten cassette tapes when taking a run in the park.


    The standard cassette tape is certainly still in production, as we still use it to record police interviews in the UK.
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    Oct 31, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    Young people today do not realize the skill it once took to make a mix using a cassette tape. Today you just have to organize your mp3s in the order you want them and click 'burn cd'. Back when I was a kid you had to start the tape at just the right time and then wait patiently at the end of the song with your finger ready to press 'pause' right before the DJ started talking. Sometimes I miss those days.
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    Oct 31, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    Heartrobb saidYoung people today do not realize the skill it once took to make a mix using a cassette tape. Today you just have to organize your mp3s in the order you want them and click 'burn cd'. Back when I was a kid you had to start the tape at just the right time and then wait patiently at the end of the song with your finger ready to press 'pause' right before the DJ started talking. Sometimes I miss those days.



    We walked to school... 4am every monring.... barefoot.... uphill.... both ways.... 10 feet of snow.... and we were grateful! icon_lol.gif

    I, too, had the yellow "indestructible" sports walkman, and about a billion mixed tapes. And I agree with the Heartrobb... it took skill to make 'em. I had to make sure the songs flowed nicely one into the other.
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    Oct 31, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    Heartrobb saidYoung people today do not realize the skill it once took to make a mix using a cassette tape. Today you just have to organize your mp3s in the order you want them and click 'burn cd'. Back when I was a kid you had to start the tape at just the right time and then wait patiently at the end of the song with your finger ready to press 'pause' right before the DJ started talking. Sometimes I miss those days.


    it was easy to make good mixtapes back in the 90s... 'cause 90% of what they played in radio are good songs icon_razz.gif don't want to be biased but 90's rule in my dictionary icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 01, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    I have a drawer full of Walkmans (4 in all). They served me well, and still work, but the headphones would die (get wet from sweat) and it was often less expensive to buy a new Walkman.

    I had three Walkmans with radios and one with a cassette.

    Now, of course, I have music players, on my cell phones, my old Compaq, and Rio, mp3 players still work and are sitting here next to me. I had an Ipod Classic that final died a few months back.

    A few weeks back, flex89 and I went to Fry's and got us each an Ipod Nano. The Nano is cool, and plugs right into my PC, and my Kenwood car Sat/HD/ radio.

    The Nano is a neat piece of tech, and, Apple just does it right, again.

    My first mp3 player was a Compaq and had 32M of memory. My second mp3 player was a Rio and had 512M of memory. I had the 30G Ipod Classic and it was awesome. My new Ipod Nano 8G works well enough. I can always take a thumb drive with and plug it in the car radio if need be.

    It's amazing how cheap memory has become.

    In 1975, my first computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1 had 16K of memory. When I went to college, the MAINFRAME had 512K of memory and memory was $2.00 per byte, so, when the mainframe was upgraded from 512K to 1M, it was 1 MILLION dollars. Oh, the good old days.

    LOL. I'm so old, that as a first year computer science student I wasn't allowed to use punch cards. Punch cards were reserved for second year students. First year students had to use paper tape....
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    Nov 01, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    I felt this comic I made would be particularly appropriate.

    http://johnblathers.blogspot.com/2009/10/adventures-of-walkman.html
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    Nov 01, 2010 12:45 AM GMT
    26mileman saidI heard on the news tonight the Sony walkman is going the way of the dinosaur.


    I'm surprised it was still in production!
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    Nov 01, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    Here's a related story, which I thought was pretty funny.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8117619.stm

    When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.
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    Nov 01, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    When the Walkman first came out it presented an odd sight so common today - people freely walking the streets utterly self-absorbed and disengaged from the world around them, oblivous to oncoming traffic. Think how far we've come!
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    Nov 17, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidI have a drawer full of Walkmans (4 in all). They served me well, and still work, but the headphones would die (get wet from sweat) and it was often less expensive to buy a new Walkman.

    I had three Walkmans with radios and one with a cassette.

    Now, of course, I have music players, on my cell phones, my old Compaq, and Rio, mp3 players still work and are sitting here next to me. I had an Ipod Classic that final died a few months back.

    A few weeks back, flex89 and I went to Fry's and got us each an Ipod Nano. The Nano is cool, and plugs right into my PC, and my Kenwood car Sat/HD/ radio.

    The Nano is a neat piece of tech, and, Apple just does it right, again.

    My first mp3 player was a Compaq and had 32M of memory. My second mp3 player was a Rio and had 512M of memory. I had the 30G Ipod Classic and it was awesome. My new Ipod Nano 8G works well enough. I can always take a thumb drive with and plug it in the car radio if need be.

    It's amazing how cheap memory has become.

    In 1975, my first computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1 had 16K of memory. When I went to college, the MAINFRAME had 512K of memory and memory was $2.00 per byte, so, when the mainframe was upgraded from 512K to 1M, it was 1 MILLION dollars. Oh, the good old days.

    LOL. I'm so old, that as a first year computer science student I wasn't allowed to use punch cards. Punch cards were reserved for second year students. First year students had to use paper tape....


    have they gone back to useing the clip-on style again?

    or was that the shuffle? Now that I think about it it was the shuffle. I liked the clip on style one, could just put it on my shirt and go. unfortunately SOMEONE washed it and it got ruined. I can use my phone, but in all honesty I don't like having my phone with me when I work out, because people email/text/call and interrupt the workout.
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    Nov 17, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    I went through these things so quickly as a teenager, especially the headphones. I won't miss the Walkman I'm sorry to say - iPods and mobiles with music are so much better - but I still have a few casette tapes that I remember making.
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    Nov 19, 2010 11:14 AM GMT
    I used one of these when I was way younger, my dad gave me his old walk man and I LOVED it. Similiar to this one

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    I would spend hours listening to the top 40 station waiting for song to come on and then recoding the song then running around the house with the walking "singing" my favorite tunes. Ah twas better times for sure icon_biggrin.gif