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Sony WALKMAN® 40TH ANNIVERSARY MOVIE

July 9, 2019
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Over its 40years of history, WALKMAN® has challenged to bring new ways to listen to music anywhere anytime. With each challenge, came an evolution in design. Watch the video and discover your favorite WALKMAN®.

Walkman is a series of portable media players and some Xperia mobile phones manufactured by Sony. The original Walkman, released in 1979, was a portable cassette player that changed listening habits by allowing people to listen to music on the move.[2][3] It was devised by Sony cofounder Masaru Ibuka, who felt Sony’s existing portable player was too unwieldy and expensive. A prototype was built from a modified Sony Pressman, a compact tape recorder designed for journalists.

The Walkman was followed by a series of international releases; as overseas sales companies objected to the Japanese-English name, it was sold under several names, including Soundabout in the United States, Freestyle in Australia and Sweden, and Stowaway in the UK.[4][5]Eventually, in the early 1980s, Walkman caught on globally and Sony used the name worldwide. In everyday language, “walkman” became a generic term, referring to personal stereos of any producer or brand.[6] Sony continues to use the Walkman brand for most of its portable audio devices.

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