Sony has announced that the cassette Walkman will be discontinued in Japan, having ended manufacturing in April. As we speak, the final stock is being sold out (and probably will continue to be for years).
But don’t fret just yet! North America is in no danger of going Walkman-less, and the 31-year-old portable music player will continue to be manufactured in China for the overseas market. Rest easy, buttercup, knowing that your ability to rock out shall continue unaffected.
But seriously, though, is this a thing? Did anyone here even know that the Walkman (in its cassette incarnation) was even still in existence? I mean, being an irritating hipster-ish purveyor of all things ironic, I myself am pretty stoked. But apparently, you can walk down to Best Buy and get one for 40 bucks. Yes, that’s right, 40 bucks. As in, 3 or 4 times the cost of a 1GB MP3 player.
How times change. The original cost $200 in 1979, if that makes you feel any better.
You’d probably ask why Sony would bother offering a many-times-outdated mode of technology for more than the low end of current gen, but frankly, I think Sony understands how nostalgia works, or has a great sense of humour, or both. Either way, I am honestly considering running out and getting a cassette player because of it.
Cheers, Sony, for refusing to let your legacy die. Y’know, except in Japan. Where it is now dead.