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Sony Walkman 30 years. Once it had people in awe, now what is left are strange looks…

Read the fun article over at BBC NEWS.

Hmmmmm that's kinda big

You can imagine that when the Sony Walkman came out 30 years ago, it had an enormous impact. It all started when Sony’s boss at the time was fed up with dragging along a huge tape player with him on business trips. In 1954, the regency transistor already revolutionized listening to the radio on the go. The walkman made it possible to actually personally decide what you wanted to listen to while walking around or travelling. This was a major difference. I think that the launch of MP3 players didn’t have the same impact by far, so in that sense the Sony Walkman will definitely remain legendary.

A very nice ’emotion related’ quote from the 13-year old boy who changed his iPod for a Walkman for a week:

When I wore it walking down the street or going into shops, I got strange looks, a mixture of surprise and curiosity, that made me a little embarrassed.

Please share with me your own sobby back-in-the-days stories and compare them to the devices we use nowadays. In what way are they different? And, do they really provoke more meaningful experiences than, lets say, the legendary Sony Walkman??

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