The Walkman Turns Forty

September 16, 2019
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Let’s talk about music, shall we? If we asked the question: what kind of device do you use to listen to music? what would you say? We’re willing to bet that you’ll most likely say a digital device of some kind like an iPod, smartphone, or laptop. But In the 1970s music files didn’t exist, nor did iPods. Crazy, I know! So how did people listen to music? Albums were recorded onto vinyl, 8-track tapes, and cassette tapes. People would purchase these albums and play them on record players, 8-track players, and cassette players. It wasn’t until 1979 that a personal portable cassette player was invented by electronics company Sony. The Sony Walkman forever changed the way people consumed music and where and when they were able to jam to their favorite tunes. To bring back all the feels of the original Walkman, Sony is releasing a special 40th-anniversary edition of its industry-changing music listening device. Not to worry though, you won’t have to hunt around for those obsolete cassette tapes to use this Walkman because the only similarity that this Walkman has with those of the past is the physical design. The 40th edition will have the look of the original Walkman, but will have all the advances in music technology that the newest and most modern listening devices have today—we’re talking twenty-six hours of battery life, the ability to play digital files instead of cassette tapes, and Bluetooth compatibility. Nostalgia is great and all, but technology advances for a reason and we’re all about cutting edge technology, right?

If you could bring something back from the past, what would that be and why?