is the end of the road for the original Sony Walkman Cassette
Player. Interest for the pioneer device that helped usher in
the age of portable CD
players and other media-playing portables has died.
Apparently, there are still people out there making mix tapes. Who
knew?The boxy, iconic gadget will no longer be manufactured
by Sony. Up to this point, The Walkman Cassette Player was
still being produced in some Japanese markets for die-hard fans. A
batch made in April is said to be the last of the line but according
to some reports, the cassette player will continue to be outsourced
by Sony, for a limited time to a Chinese
manufacturing company as the product is phased out and
eliminated completely.The world's first portable media device
in 1979 as the TPS-L2. For more than 30 years, the Sony Walkman
Cassette player has
sold over 220 million devices but lost it's edge in the '90s
before its re-introduction into the digital world.While the
Sony Walkman Cassette Player is being boxed, the Sony Walkman
still be made available in the form of MP3 players and
Walkman mobile phones as well as CD and mini-disc
players.Trademarked in 1963 by the Philips Corporation, the
"compact cassette" was marketed by the company in 1965.
the product available free of charge to Sony and other
manufacturers the world over, but the compact cassette was initially
developed as a speech-only,
portable dictation machine. It wasn't meant to be a
replacement for reel-to-reel recorders.
quote: and.. die hard cassette fans? really?