Sony Walkman Production Ends
By: Bill Waters
Published: Oct 24, 2021
Sony Walkman production ends after 30 years, leaving behind a long legacy of the cassette tape revolution.
Sony Walkman production ends after 30 years. Production of the Sony Walkman cassette player, introduced in 1979, comes to an end. The Sony Walkman is probably the first bulky iPod, allowing people access to portable cassette music players.
The portable tape player defined the following 10-plus years of mobile music playback. It was even a leader in the era of optical media, with its Walkman line of portable CD players eventually known as Discman. But in the era of the iPod, the brand name has diminished in value.
Radios and digital media players still go by the name Walkman, but the moniker has always referred to the tape-playing model in the collective mind. And as Sony announced that it shipped its last batch of tape-playing Walkmen back in April, we couldn't help shed a tear for the ubiquitous '80s gadget. It ran its course for 30 years.
You will still be able to find the Walkman, but not in the United States. "In fact, Chinese manufacturers are still licensed to produce Walkmans, which will continue to be sold in Asia and the Middle-East," a source said. It's hard to understand why the cassette would still be around in a digital world, perhaps people still have a large collection of these tapes.