Sony Ejects the Walkman in Japan: Pioneering Portable Music Player Goes Quiet

It was bound to happen. Sony (SNE) has sold its last Walkman, the pioneering portable cassette music player, in Japan, according to a report in The Register.

While the device will still be available in certain regions like emerging markets, Sony is discontinuing its Walkman sales in Japan, according to the report. The decision comes as no surprise, given the advent of Apple's (AAPL) iPod and the plethora of MP3 players that have emerged since the Walkman debuted 30 years ago.

The Walkman's debut was a game changer for teens. It gave youth a chance to blast their own music without fear, generally, of reprisal from parents screaming, "turn that down." The portable cassette player with two tiny foam cushion headphones was a common site around the home, in cars and on campuses. But in contrast to today's slim and small iPods that are also far more technologically advanced, with such features as video chat and WiFi connections, the Walkman is like an aging rock star.

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i have 2 sony walkman mp3 players, one with an fm radio. they were much less expensive than ipods. i could not get through my work day without them.

October 26 2010 at 8:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John & Candace

I loved my Walkman when I got it about 20+ years ago, but alas it's gone the way of the dinosaur. I have an Ipod now and I don't see a replacement for that one coming along for a while, but we shall see!

October 26 2010 at 8:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I want the WALKMAN back. I want to listen to the radio. I seldom used a tape. Please Japan bring a radio WALKMAN back.

October 26 2010 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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John & Candace

You can still find personal radio devices in stores, I have one - it's a no name brand but it works. Some MP3 players even have radio too.

October 26 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Francis

Hey...I still have my "yellow...Sports" Sony Walkman from the 80's. Works and still use it when needed!

October 25 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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John & Candace

I wanted one of those too, but it was more expensive - yours is probably collectible now!

October 26 2010 at 8:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply