Sony Walkman Turns 40 And It’s Making A Comeback
Raise your hand if you had a Sony Walkman when you were younger.
The portable cassette tape player, Sony's Walkman came out in the late 70's, and revolutionized the way we listen to music. These things were the ultimate road trip devices. When you didn't want to listen to your parent's music in the car, the Sony Walkman saved the day!
I can remember putting my headphones on and listening to Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" cassettes when I was a kid in the early 90's. Those were the days...
Now, there are probably quite a few Millennials out there who have no idea what a Sony Walkman is, let alone, a cassette tape. So let me describe it as simply as possible: it was our version of an iPod. If that's not ringing a bell, it's the thing that Star Lord was listening to at the beginning of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
It's crazy to think that it's been 40 years since the Walkman was introduced, right?
Sony decided to celebrate the Walkman's 40th anniversary by bringing it back...kind of. The new Sony Walkman NW-A100TPS looks like an old school Walkman from the back, but it is essentially a touch screen mp3 player. Sorry, it doesn't play cassettes like the ones we grew up listening to. However, according to AskMen.com,
"the new Sony Walkman will also include a so-called “vinyl processor,” a selectable mode which sees the music sound more like something you might have heard coming from your father (or grandfather's) turntable."
So the big question here is: would you be interested in buying the new Sony Walkman for nostalgia sake or will you just continue to play music from your phone?
Either way, it's nice to reminisce on our childhood when we had to manually fast forward to get to our favorite song, and flip the tape over to play the "B side". It sounds barbaric now, but it was so cool back then. Take a look back at 40 years of the Sony Walkman in the video below.