History of the Walkman
Posted by Scott
The Verge has a nice piece on the history of the Walkman, which is apparently now 35 years old. I think I became aware of what a Walkman was sometime right before the yellow “Sports” version came out. I never actually owned a real tape Walkman, but had a few of the Minidisc ones and of course some CD players.
Source The Verge
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Curtis Christophersen says:July 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm
I had the original. Mine wasn’t blue as the photo shows, but a cool smoked deep grey. It had two audio jacks (share away) and the big orange button attenuated the sound and activated a microphone — if someone spoke with you (your sharing partner, perhaps) while listening, you’d here all through your headphones. Volume was controlled by two L-R sliders, which was equally cool and tedious. I’ve owned a lot of Walkmans and Discmans, that was my favorite hands down.
nitrofurano says:July 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm
and minidisk could be an amazing alternative for iomega floppies that time, what a wasted opportunity…
Danielle says:July 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Wow. Relics of the past. I had a few of them – my favorite was the yellow Sport version. It was freaking waterproof! I used to bring it in the pool with me. Tapes were amazing.
masstapro says:July 23, 2014 at 8:11 am
That jogged my memory. Had to look up the specific model I owned:
masstapro says:July 23, 2014 at 8:25 am
Did anyone have one of these?
I remember using this non-stop in early 80s. Was a car stereo that would pull out as a walkman. Thanks dad for letting me listen to music all the way to MA to FL every year!
Plus my giant Radioshack headphones that I wore off the foam to.