Sony Ceases Production of the Cassette Walkman

The most iconic music player of the 20th century is finally being laid to rest. After more than 30 years on the market, Sony is stopping production of the legendary cassette-based Walkman. Originally launched in Japan on July 1, 1979, the music gadget became one of the biggest cultural icons of the 1980s.

Sony has since extended the Walkman brand to various media devices, including CD, minidisc and mp3 players; but sales of the traditional tape machines have continued for the last three decades, with an estimated 220 million units shipped.

With the rise of digital media players such as the Apple iPod, the demand for cassette-based devices has dried up. Sony has now made its final shipment of tape Walkmans to the Japanese Market, the production line has finished, and when the remaining units are sold there will not be any more available.