The world was no longer destined to become the same. On July 1, 1979, Sony released the iconic Walkman TPS-L2 – it was the first truly portable music player that revolutionized listening to music. Boomboxes and portable radios already existed, but the Walkman made only your portable music.
Forty years later, Walkman players are no longer as popular as they used to be, with the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy, but the influence that the brand has had on our lives has become more apparent. We no longer use cassettes or CDs. Almost any mobile device can play music, storing thousands of tracks, and also has access to millions of tracks on the Internet. Despite this, the idea of taking music with you started with a Walkman.
The Sony portable player was designed just for listening to music. At one time, this simple and convenient product was negatively received due to the inability to record tapes, but he did not need this function. It is worth noting that the first Walkman was equipped with a dual 3.5mm headphone jack, which allowed listening to music together.
Over the years, Walkman has seen numerous technical iterations, including CD Discman models and MiniDisc players, as well as modern portable multimedia players that Sony still sells to this day. The brand is no longer as strong as it used to be. 40 years later, you can say thank you Walkman for how we relate to music and related technologies.