So Long, Sony Walkman : Blog Of The Nation The iPod may be the popular portable music player in 2010, but Sony broke that ground with the original Walkman.  Now, after three decades, the Sony Walkman vanishes into the recycling bin of history.
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So Long, Sony Walkman

The biggest problem with new technology?  It's not new for long.  Floppy disks -- 3 1/2" and 5 1/4" -- still sit packed in piles in my home office.  Of course, no computer I own will read them.  The high-tech cassette player I used with my Apple IIe could be in a museum by now (though the cassettes still play a mysterious series of beeps and tones).

And the latest don't-you-feel-old technology moment -- PC Magazine over the weekend officially pronounced the death of the Sony Walkman cassette player.

According to the company, the last round of the portable cassette player was produced in Japan in April, and once that batch sells out, the Walkman is history.

Some production will continue via a Chinese company for the few people who still rock out with the obsolete technology, a New York Post report said. However, its days are likely numbered.

Sony started producing the Walkman in 1979. The Walkman might have had a slow start, but by the 80s, it was the go-to portable stereo. Although the MP3 players are now the standard for portable music players, the Walkman was one of the first of these types of devices, selling 220 million worldwide in more than 30 years of production.

The Walkman name lives on in Sony's digital music players and even portable CD players (for now).  But, according to PC Mag, we've seen the last of the original portable music player.  (The Los Angeles Times follows-up that the Walkman will continue in the U.S. but is discontinued in Japan.  Which means it's just a matter of time here, as well.)

To all of the bulky, bright colored Walkmen I carried and broke over the years -- thanks for the memories.

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