Walkman Era Coming to an End: Sony Stops Manufacturing Cassette Walkmans (But US and UK to Continue Getting the Walkman!)

October 26, 2010, By Shawn Wagnon

Sony has announced that it will stop manufacturing and selling of the cassette Walkman in Japan; that is 31 years after the portable music revolution took the world by storm. Of course, this has led to the news being spread that this is indeed the ‘Death of the Walkman’ and R.I.P messages for the Sony walkman have been doing rounds.

But not so fast, says Sony in the US. According to Sony Spokesman in US (who did not wish to be named for obvious reasons), the Sony Cassette Walkman will continue selling in US and the UK for a while.

The message of “Production finished” for the Sony Cassette Walkman in Japan is supposedly only for the home market in Japan and rest of the world (which could also include remainder of South-East Asia) will see the Walkman sales continue.

The only model of the old-style player currently being sold in the U.S. is the Walkman Weather Radio/Cassette Player and for those wondering why we are still talking about something ‘obsolete’, a steady demand for the Walkman apparently still exists.

Sony US has agreed that the demand is small, but it is still significant enough to keep the Walkman going on the sales list for $29.99.

So maybe you should get one and it will one day turn out to be a collectible! Otherwise you can think back to the days when ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on the Sony Walkman was enough to get you going on a morning jog!

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