I still remember when I would stand outside in the blistering cold waiting for the yellow school bus to pick me up and the only way I could tolerate it was because I had “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees playing on my Sony Walkman. Fast forward about 18 years to October 2010. Sony has just announced that they will no longer be producing Sony Walkman devices in Japan after 30 years.
The first Walkman was created in 1979. Sony sold about 400 million Walkman devices across the globe until March 2010. About 200,020,000 of that number were cassette-based Walkman devices. Sony will continue to manufacture MD and CD Walkmans. If you still want to get your hands on a Walkman cassette player, then you can check eBay and other e-commerce sites. Chinese manufacturing companies will continue to build Sony-branded Walkmans too in Asia and the Middle-East too.