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October 24, 2010

Cassettes Anyone?

It wasn’t until I actually read the article in Mashable that I even realized they were still available for sale! Yes fellow Gen Xers, the Sony Walkman‘s last shipment has been made …

Like many ofHeidi Strand you, I owned a Sony Walkman or some iteration thereof. In fact, it wasn’t until just recently when I was cleaning out a closet that I found a remaining, dusty box of cassette tapes beneath ’80s attire I was sure was going to come back into style (and lo-and-behold it has!). From love mixes provided by ex-boyfriends to the Metallica songs I “borrowed” in high school, tapes were an amazing leap in technology.

Compared to my earlier 45 of Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight (which at the precious age of eight had a much different meaning), the Sony Walkman was a technological wonder; a gobstopper of portable music.

Today of course, it is ancient history. According to the article, the last shipment of Sony Walkmans was sent to Japan this past April.

While I doubt I will have the opportunity to listen to those dusty relics I uncovered, I suppose there is some solace in knowing that I could if I still wanted to – even after all these years. I wonder if our other, more advanced digital versions will have the same staying power of the Sony Walkman.

I salute you Sony Walkman and bid you … adieu!