Sony Ends Production Of Cassette Walkman

Sony Corporation introduced the Walkman in July of 1979. It went on to sell more than 200 million of the portable cassette players. An entire generation became addicted to headphones and mix tapes. Thirty-one years later, mix tapes are now digital playlists and "earbuds" are often attached to iPods.

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The Sony Corporation introduced the Walkman in July of 1979. It went on to sell more than 200 million of the portable cassette players. An entire generation became addicted to headphones and mix tapes.

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KELLY: Fast forward 31 years, mix tapes are now digital playlists and earbuds are often attached to iPods and Sony has finally announced that the cassette Walkman is no more.

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