Happy Birthday, Walkman

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

_45984503_scott_mum_226 Yup.  The Sony Walkman turns 30 years old this week.  Which is relatively young for something that's… well…. dead.

In this article, a 13-year-old turns in his iPod to spend a week with a Walkman.  Guess which one he ended up preferring?

My friends couldn't imagine their parents using this monstrous box, but there was interest in what the thing was and how it worked.

In some classes in school they let me listen to music and one teacher recognised it and got nostalgic.

It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.