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. 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.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. Sony continues to use the Walkman brand for most of its portable audio devices.