Before the ipods and tablets, there was no way for people to listen to music on the go. Yes amazing isnt it, if your under the age of fifteen or born after the imminent doom of y2k, the you probably wouldn’t know what im talking about. However if you where, then you would know about the simple device that revolutionized how the public listened to music, ergo The Walkman!
I was born in the late 80’s, which by default puts me in a time when i cognitively had to listen to music on physical clunky devices. These where called radios, or rather boom boxes, which claimed to be more portable. Depending on your upper arm strength of course the varsity of that statement could be put to the test very quickly. There where no mp3s, music came out on cassettes, and where primary still played on records. Then the Walkman came, i was about eight or so, i don’t really remember, however my brother got one and i made it my mission to kidnap it when ever i could.
“Attention, the 160 million or so owners of an Apple iPod MP3 player: take out those white earbuds and listen for a second. Before the iPod became ubiquitous — way, way before — there was the Walkman. The portable cassette players, first introduced 30 years ago this week, sold a cumulative 200 million units, rocked the recording industry and fundamentally changed how people experienced music. Sound familiar?” – Time Magazine
I remember carrying it to school with me, and just enjoying the sheer bliss of being able to listen to music on the go. Could this possibly get any better, well it did after i turned into a teenager and got my first CD player. However the whole template for that is by and large based on the walkman.
Yes, it was cumbersome having to fast forward through songs, and the headphones where apparently made of black spider web which disintegrated after a few months, however the Walkman was the best thing since Cartoon Network for me!
This device put Sony on the map, they apparently sold millions of them soon after launch. This was the beginning of the “bubble” generation. The walkman allowed us to be intwined in our own music, and by extension our own worlds. Listening to music before the invention of the walkman was a shared experience whether you wanted to or not, when you played music on a stereo others are forced to hear it. However the Walkman changed all that, you could make your own mix tapes, theme, love making playlist or whatever you wanted.The Walkman ushered in the era of portable music, creating pathway for its descendants the disc man, Mp3 player and the Smartphone. We owe it all to the Walkman, the grandfather of personal music!
- “Sony Walkman: Reflecting 30 Years Later on How It Set the World on Its Ear.” Http://www.tampabay.com. N.p., n.d. Web.
- Haire, Meaghan. “The Walkman.” Time. Time Inc., 01 July 2009. Web. 20 July 2014.
- Haire, Meaghan. “The Walkman.” Time. Time Inc., 01 July 2009. Web. 23 July 2014.