Dead Media: Sony Discontinues Iconic Cassette Walkmans
After 30 years of making portable music to a generation of consumers, the Walkman takes a final bow.
After a 30-year era of producing the to-go portable music source, leading electronics media manufacturer Sony has finally announced that it will cease manufacturing and selling the Walkman, its iconic cassette tape music player, due to consistently low sales.
The first Walkman was launched in July 1, 1979. Although faced with a slow start, Sony went on to sell more than 400 million Walkmans worldwide. The device was eventually replaced by CD players, and then MP3 players as a de facto music player of choice.
Earlier this year, Sony also announced that it will cease production of its 30-year-old floppy disks.