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No more Sony cassette Walkmans....er Walkmen....players

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smasher_Sloan, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    They've shut down production:


    However, they're still making the Discman CD players.
  2. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I remember my first one. I got it for my birthday when I was about 7, in the late 80s. My dad and I opened it up and put in a tape and turned it on, but for the life of us, we couldn't figure out why it didn't play any music. Turns out, you need to plug in earphones. This, somehow, was news to both of us.
  3. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    In the meantime, little Pilot is near tears and Dad is saying, "Son of a bitch, I paid good money for this thing and it doesn't work?"
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    First walkman I had was an AM radio, with no FM or cassette. This was around 1983.

    I went through a bunch of cassette walkmans as a teen, because I played so many tapes, and I kept dropping the walkman.
  5. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I remember wanting a Walkman with tape AND AM/FM radio capability back when such a thing was more expensive. A few years later, it became the standard.

    A little sad, yes, but not many people are using tapes these days.
  6. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Can't even remember the last time I saw a cassette tape.
  7. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

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  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Exact same thing here. I won some shitty AM-only thing during some kind of fundraiser at school in fourth or fifth grade. I think I sold 30 candy bars or something. We got our prizes on a Friday and we were going away for the weekend. I was so excited at the idea of listening to good music on the car while my Dad monopolized the radio. Of course, the reality was far different, and I'm pretty sure I was pissed all weekend. :D

    Once I got to high school, I started going thru one or two Walkmans a year. And Sonys were the biggest pieces of shit on the market. I bought two and they were horrible. Zero quality. Pretty soon I just started buying a generic one at Caldor's for $10, since I'd beat the fuck out of it anyway.
  9. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Really, a Sony Walkman and/or a car stereo with a cassette player was the only reason ever to own tapes.

    And both of those broke down easily, ate/mangled tapes, and in general were probably the worst music-playing technology of the 20th Century.

    You all know I love my vinyl ... but I don't miss cassettes one iota.
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I'm happy to report that my Sony mp3 player is called a Walkman. Always wanted a Walkman cassette player but I never had one.

    The one good thing about cassette tapes was making mix tapes. I had the best mix tapes ever.
  11. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Bought some kind of off brand at Alexander's Dept. Store on Main Street in Flushing in 1984 when I had my first job out of college in New York. Immediately started putting my albums on tape. The device was almost an essential for subway rides from Flushing to midtown and back.
  12. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    Geez, they were still making them? I thought they'd have been out of production for 10 years now.
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