Daily Giz Wiz 55: Sony Walkman

Episode 55 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Sony Walkman
Released:Friday 5 May 2006
Length:about 7 minutes
Download file:DGW-055.mp3 (3.1 MB)
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Our Friday visit to the Gadget Warehouse dredges up a memory from almost 30 years ago. Sony introduced the first Walkman (also called The Soundabout) on July 1st, 1979. In 20 years it should 186 million units. It was the first time people could enjoy stereo just about anywhere. Along with the Walkman Sony developed much smaller and lightweight personal stereo headphones. Although the orginal Walkman came with one pair of earphones, it had two earphone jacks, plus an orange "mic" button. At first I thought the Walkman recorded too, but after playing with it realized the mic button let you hear what people were saying without removing your earphones. It was made of metal and had two volume controls, one for each channel. And it wasn't cheap. About $180, and that was when a dollar was actually worth something.

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Portable Cassette Tape Player

Link: Sony.net

The original Sony Walkman from 1971 which cost $180.  Sony introduced the first Walkman (also called The Soundabout) on July 1st, 1979. In 20 years it sold 186 million units.  It was the first time people could enjoy stereo just about anywhere.  Along with the Walkman Sony developed much smaller and lightweight personal stereo headphones.  Although the orginal Walkman came with one pair of earphones, it had two earphone jacks, plus an orange “mic” button - not for recording, but for letting you hear what people were saying without removing your earphones.  It was made of metal and had two volume controls, one for each channel.

Did you know?

A man in Brazil claimed that he had invented the Walkman before Sony.  It took him over 30 years to win the lawsuit.

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