Happy Birthday to the Sony Walkman!

by Gene on Jul. 01st, 2009

The Sony Whatnow? Yes, geezers, it was 30 years ago today that Sony introduced the portable, personal tape player. Greg Beato argues that this now-obsolete device paved the way for all future programmable, customizable technology, essentially changing forever the way we interact with media and culture. Not bad for a clunky hand-sized gadget. Meanwhile, a teenager in England put down his MP3 player for a week and went roughing it, using his Dad's old Walkman. Stories of walking ten miles to school, through the snow, uphill both ways, turn out to have been exaggerated, but only slightly.

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