Boy with Walkman

The first Sony Walkman turns 35 this year and for kids of today the Walkman is shelved somewhere with dinosaur bones.  We do need to credit the Walkman for changing the way people would experience music; allowing them to carry music with them and listen through lightweight headphones.

Sony tapes

For those of you not around in the 80’s, the Walkman was one of the first truly mass-market personal consumer electronics and you “just had to have one!”  Plus you needed stacks of Sony cassettes loaded your favorite tunes. Cassettes, by the way are the items displayed in the girls hand. With these cassettes you could buy your favorite music loaded on them, but best ever was you were able to record your own. If you care to learn more technical info pop over here: How Tape Recorders Work.

Now music on the move had arrived. They were pocket sized devices for folks with over sized pocketbooks. The price tag at the time was around $300.00.  That was a lot of allowance money.

Pictured at the top of the page is Scott Campbell who a few years back swapped his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  BBC News Magazine did a piece on his reaction. Scott’s reaction and accounting may surprise you, or maybe not.

Portable radio

Can you even imagine a time before the Walkman that this was music on the move: a portable radio?