When I was in middle school this was the thing to have, it was right before CDs really became popular, to have a Walkman was a status symbol, kinda like the Zach Morris cellphone, that was what the really cool kids had, then it was the Discman, and now it is the iPod.
It is funny how 20 years later it is an artifact, kinda puts the iPad, iPhone or iWhatever in perspective. Vanity all Vanity.
After retiring the floppy disk in March, Sony has halted the manufacture and distribution of another now-obsolete technology: the cassette Walkman, the first low-cost, portable music player.
The final batch was shipped to Japanese retailers in April, according to IT Media. Once these units are sold, new cassette Walkmans will no longer be available through the manufacturer.
The first generation Walkman (which was called the Soundabout in the U.S., and the Stowaway in the UK) was released on July 1, 1979 in Japan.
Although it later became a huge success, it only sold 3,000 units in its first month. Sony managed to sell some 200 million iterations of the cassette Walkman over the product line’s 30-year career.
Sony retires the cassette Walkman after 30 years – CNN.com.