After 30 years, Sony has announced that they will stop manufacturing and selling the cherished cassette Walkman. The company announced it will stop manufacturing and selling these devices in Japan. Sony says the final lot was shipped to retailers in April this year, and once the last units are sold; there will be no cassette Walkmans developed by Sony from here on out. The company however will not stop making CD and MD based Walkmans, as well has their flash memory-based models.

It seems so that Sony is pulling the plug on all outmoded technology; having retired the floppy disk in March, earlier this year. Similarly, the Walkman goes a long way. It was in 1979, that Sony manufactured the first ever Walkman. Sony says that they managed to sell over 400 million Walkmans worldwide until March 2010, and exactly 200,020,000 of those were cassette-based models. Needless to say, the cassette Walkman had carved its own niche back in time when it came to portable music players. Actually the cassette Walkman had lost popularity many years ago when the CD Player, or more commonly known as the Discman was introduced, so the iPod can not be directly attributed to the cassette Walkman’s fall in demand.

Many blame Apple’s iPod as being the reason Sony’s Walkman lost popularity. The dominance that iPod and iTunes enjoys, leave little or no space for any contender in the portable music player market to advance. Since its introduction on October 23rd, 2001 Apple’s iPod has since then grown at a phenomenal rate. Though it can not be ruled out that the reason portable music players become such a big part of our lives, was indeed because of the Walkman.



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