Finally, it is ending and this is one of the official farewells for a good old friend. After being with us from such a long time, giving company, at last it’s time to say good bye. Soon after the floppy disks, now it’s the Walkman.
Sony has closed down the manufacturing and distribution of one other now-obsolete technology and that is the cassette Walkman; one of its kind, portable music player available at low cost.
The final batch of the Sony manufactured Walkman has been shipped in April to the Japanese retailers. As soon as these units are sold, there would be no new cassette Walkmans available by the manufacturer.
Cassette Walkman was first generation gadget. It was commonly known as Stowaway in the United Kingdom and in the US it was known as the Sound. Cassette Walkman was launched in Japan on July 1st, year 1979. After a short period of time, it became a gigantic success as only 3,000 units were sold in the first month. Sony has managed to sell approximately 200 million cassette Walkman units during the gadget’s 30-years career.
To some extent paradoxically, this announcement has been delivered just a day before iPod’s ninth anniversary which was on October 23, even though, the rejection of the cassette Walkman has already been attributed because of the popularity of the CD players in the 90’s era and not the iPod.