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The Walkman is officially dead.

After more than 30 years on the market, Sony has decided to end production and sales of their Walkman portable cassette players.

The final batch was produced in Japan back in April of this year and as soon as they're sold, there will officially be no more.

Since 1979, over 200 million Walkman cassette players have been sold.

Sony does say however, that they will continue to make and sell their CD and MiniDisc-based Walkmans.

Sure, we all love our tiny pocket-sized iPods, but the end of the Walkman is an end of an era!!

What do U think? Are U sad about the end of the Walkman??

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27 comments to “Goodbye '80s”



  1. 1

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  2. 2

    To be honest I thought these had been out of production for 10 years, lol

    MP3 players are where it's at



  3. 3

    ppl if you have a walkman take huge care of it cuz in twenty years it will be really worthy ;)



  4. 4

    Umm…I would have figured those thing went extinct 10 years ago.



  5. 5

    Haven't listened to a cassette in 25 years. Don't care.



  6. 6

    I am kinda surprised that people can even find tapes anymore. Last I knew they were hard to find, but I guess somebody must be using them.



  7. 7

    Honestly, who still use that?! Everybody has a an ipod!



  8. 8

    whack in the cassette single of Madonna's "whos that girl"



  9. 9

    My Walkman got me through High School in the 80's…
    Did not know they were still making them.



  10. 10

    They were still making cassette players? I had no idea! Wow! And I own that very model of the original Walkman - good times - grade 11 bus rides would never be the same (despite the fact that the thing was bulky as hell but of course we hadn't yet experienced anything smaller so we thought it was TINY!!)



  11. 11

    That is sad! I still have one from 1994 at my house.



  12. 12

    wow, i remember having one like this! :) i didn't know the walkman was about the same age as I am. well nothing beats my iPod, even their cd walkman i wouldn't buy :P Sony needs to drop those cd's, dvd's, mini disc or whatever and go with digital, seems they try everything to not go digital, in fear too many ppl steal them songs! common SONY, u are a big rich rich corporation…



  13. 13

    I had no idea they were still making and selling these things!



  14. 14

    No way that they were still making them in this decade! Who would buy them? I think I haven't heard the word walkmen in over 10 years.



  15. 15

    awww, little sweet walkman I'm gonna miss you ;)



  16. 16

    I had some good entertainment listening to audio books on cassettes. But the tape would jam up or sometimes the voice would speed up like chipmunks. What's after the MP3 player I wonder? Head implants? RIP cassette player.



  17. 17

    Mos def end of an era Perez. I still break out my tapes from time to time. Some of my tapes have deteriorated over the years but I still love my old school mix tapes. Sony did make the best walkmans. RIP walkman!



  18. 18

    Most of your people have no respect for the Walkman! COME ON!



  19. 19

    Honestly? I will miss this old stuff, it was a part of all of our lives.

  20. 7tizz says – reply to this


    20

    Sony still thinks the 'MiniDisc' is gonna take off eh? But, RIP Walkman, Sony did make the best one and none of the rip offs from any electronics manufacturer were as good. In a few years, you won't even be able to buy CDs anymore.



  21. 21

    minidiscs? surely this article does not mean just in the USA then, because the only place I have seen sony MDs sell is overseas
    in the case that this is an international move then its understandable that people in other countries do still use cassettes



  22. 22

    I bought a Walkman in '79. I mowed a lot of lawns to make enough money to buy it.



  23. 23

    i have a radio walkman, yellow and small as a pack of cigarettes plus it has a velcro strap for around your upper arm. i walked a marathon on one battery which reminds me of the fact that epcot center was in los angeles before the walkman..space mountain



  24. 24

    I remember my Walkman very well… it was waterproof yellow plastic. Had hours and hours of enjoyment with it. Who was still buying this though? Nobody has listened to cassettes in years.

  25. lolli says – reply to this


    25

    ahhhh the memories, my pops was to cheap so i was rocking the coby walkman, lol



  26. 26

    Oh my gosh! Just looking at the picture, brings tears to my eyes.
    Those "good old days" of the 80's.
    => Were the days when we didn't have a care in the world.
    => We would lie on the ground and watch the clouds and see what shapes you could find.
    =>Saturday morning cartoons…(not like now where you can get cartoons on 50 channels 24 hours a day)
    I miss the time of my childhood.



  27. 27

    I didn't like my walkman (had a Sony too) - my Dad gave it to me cause he always bought what was "in" to buy my love - I never had a DiscMan and I will never use an iPod or other portable player - I am not into it's not my thing - BUT I am sad cause the 80s were my time ;-)