Skip to comments.Music's over for Sony Walkman
Posted on 10/24/2010 3:55:04 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
The iconic Walkman has come to the end of its run.
Sony has pulled the plug on the original portable cassette-tape player, Japanese media report.
The company made its last shipment of the cassette Walkmans to the Japanese market earlier this year -- and when they're gone from stores, they'll be finished.
Sony is outsourcing some manufacturing to a Chinese company for sales to people who still use obsolete cassette tapes.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
The Walkman still survives...as an MP3 player and radio. I remember those first Walkmans. They are now collector’s items.
It might be hard for some of the younger Freepers to believe, but in 1982, the cassette Walkman was the coolest thing on the planet. I felt like such a big shot back in those days, walking down the street with 12 songs in my pocket!
I just bought a Sony 16GB Mp3 player on sale for $50. I never thought I would need one that big.
It would be nice to have an MP 3 player with AM and FM reception too. That way you could record say Rush, play it later without the computer.
Storage space is not different than closet space... You'll fill up all you can get! I've got a 4GB Sansa Clip+ that I added a 16GB microsd card to... It's full. Lots of music, plus all 7 Harry Potter, Atlas Shrugged, and about 8 other audio books!
I can do that now with my iPod touch and the radiotime app
I have seen them with FM but not AM...yet.
Misspoke, app called Tune In Radio
I still download music to cassettes from the Internet.
Yeah, back in 1980 we got one from our Japanese exchange student. Us kids were so cool then. Awesome little device at the time, but now I can’t live without my iPhone and my Mac.
The way it was explained to me years ago was that the AM receptor is twice more massive that it will defeat the purpose of the mp3 player being so small u could fit it into your jeans pocket.
I still have my 4 GB Sandisk player I bought in 06’ and use it on occasions because I get lazy changing songs on the weekends once I tire of the songs on my Ipod.
I bought something called an iPod today - it’ll hold hundreds of songs, some movies, games, and videos... It’s charging right now... we’ll see if I can get the thing working...
I have a first generation discman from 83 that I bought in japan.
It still works.
Yes. You need a decent sized ferrite core antenna for AM reception
Years ago they had a parody of a K-Tel commercial (young freepers, you can google “K-Tel”) offering “every record ever recorded” — Lithuanian Language records, Disco Polka”, etc. “And, if you act now, a free hairbrush.”
These days you can fit every record ever recorded in your pocket, for about the price of a hairbrush.
It’s called Radiotime? I’m going to look for it.
I’ve never heard Rush’s show.
I can’t find it. Do you mean Radio Time Machine?
Search the app store for TuneIn Radio. I just checked it’s there $1.99. You can find the stations that broadcast different shows. I often “tune In” Dennis Miller and hit the record button and listen later.
I still use cassettes. the domestic partner tapes Rush every day for me on cassette. I have a car old enough that it has a cassette player.
I also use cassettes at the gym. I know I’m behind the curve but I really wish I could find a cassette radio.
My car also has a cassette player.
Mine does to. Got my wife a new car, and they didn't seem to offer that as an option.
Yep, I remember that well!
They were still making that thing?
--in some places Rush is on FM talk. Example: Rush Radio 99.5, New Orleans. Or an AM station simulcasts on FM (translator)
--Alternative method of recording:
get a portable radio with a headphone (1/8") jack and set it to station running Rush. Example: Rush Radio 1200 Boston...buy a mini-FM transmitter (Maxell, about $25 or so) and plug into radio. Choose an FM frequency. Then set your mp3 player which has an FM radio (RCA Opal, Sansa Fuze etc.) and set it that frequency, and record. The mini FM transmitter is what some people use to broadcast an mp3 player in their car though some newer cars have mp3 player jacks.
--Store bought cassettes from past
--Recordings of radio shows or albums...many of my old radio shows (have been on college radio for almost 30 yrs), other interesting stuff
--recordings of local folk, blues, rock concerts.
Sony and maybe some other manufacturers have made:
--AM-FM Cass RECORDABLE Walkman (discontinued), rec. off radio or voice
--Stereo Walkman recorder, no radio (discontinued)
--Mono Walkman recorder, good for dictation, meetings, small concerts. I mail "talk tapes" to a friend
I’ve bought a few Sandisk Sansa Fuze mp3 players—can also rec. voice and record off FM radio—but the scroll wheel can freeze up if it gets moist, etc. (had in pocket, light rain).
May try various solutions or maybe even the Sandisk Sansa
Clip (which I’ve been told also can rec. off FM radio and has
no troublesome scroll wheel)
but in the meantime I spent $50 for an RCA Opal (made by
Audiovox) mp3 player/FM radio & recorder/voice rec...no
scroll wheel, like so far. (As I said in another comment, if one wishes to record off AM, you can get a mini FM
transmitter and put it in headphone jack of an AM-FM
radio; broadcast on a selected frequency and record
on the mp3 player/recorder.
There are also portable HD radios for $40-50 at Best Buy (Insignia)—they get FM only BUT some AM signals are
relayed on subchannels. For example, WEEI sportsradio
is on the HD3 of WMKK 93.7 and WBZ news radio is on the HD3
of WBZ-FM 98.5...here you have FM radio with HD signals
and “extra stations” on certain frequencies, and among those
are AM signals. No mp3, just a radio.
The other day I noticed the car next to me had a cass. player; mine, an O7, has CD. Wonder who still has a radio
with an 8 track in car? :)
And newer models of cars have a jack below the radio
where you can (with a cheap adapter) plug in your mp3
player. Otherwise you get one of those mini FM
transmitters I mentioned above to do this.
It's well thought out ... well built, and less than 1/2 the size of a pack of cigarettes ... it's an Mp3 recorder/player w/ built in AM/FM & internal spkr, USB to your computer, 2GB int memory, 16GB via SD card, alarm, calendar, records radio or w/ the internal mic, and more... $179
... and now my iPod sits gathering dust.
Damn roommate stole my Discman, but I still have a Walkman. Yellow, casette/AM/FM.
I also still have a Discman, but I don't use it. Too bulky for walking and the CDs would skip on me. I tried it in the car for a while, but it was too distracting.
>>> in 1982, the cassette Walkman was the coolest thing on the planet.
Dire Straits and Rollergirl confirmed that.
We did a thread on it once even.
Other than having too many MP3 files, have you run into any problems with using the MicroSD card in the Sansa? I was just getting ready to do the same thing (my 4GB was long since filled!) and was curious if there were any issues with performance, or with downloading to the Sansa.
I use my Sony Walkman all the time when I take a fast walk for health reasons. I never use the cassette player but the AM/FM reception is great with lots of presets. I like that it uses two AA batteries I recharge. I hate tiny AAA batteries you find in tiny MP3 players that have no radio reception or maybe just FM...... meaning no talk radio
My ideal WalkMan would take a 1GB SD card that I load music on. It would thus be an MP3 player plus AM/FM radio and would run on two AA batteries plus have real earphones. Ear buds are ridiculous. Cut out the cassette player and make it smaller
Are we that old now?! The giant banana yellow model was the best.
I wonder if I still have a discman.
My Sansa MP3 player died in Iraq. I replaced it with a Sony device.
I have one I bought in ‘91. Works great!
Dire Straits and Rollergirl.........
Great video. Always liked that tune
I wonder if anyone still has one of these:
Had heard they tried that!
I was careful to buy a MicroSD card that was listed on the Sanza compatibility list. I also got a fast card (I don’t remember what it’s called - Class 5 maybe? I don’t have it here to check.)
The only problem I’ve had was in trying to upload files to it, but it turned out to be the replacement, longer usb cable that I had gotten to make it more convenient to use.
It seems that the only way to reliably transfer big files to the Clip+ is to use the dinky, 3” cable that they included with it. I can use a longer 3’ cable for charging, or maybe transferring a few small files at a time. But whenever I need to do some serious transfers, I have to use the “official” cable, which BTW, if you lose it, you’re SOL. Sansa will NOT sell a replacement.
My 68 Camaro has a factory 8 track. I've got a ton of old tapes for it. (I do have an aftermarket remote stereo mounted with an mp-3 player too)
.....It would be nice to have an MP 3 player with AM and FM reception.....
It exists and is called an I Phone.
The I phone incorporates an Ipod for MP3 and internet capability. To get Rush, you down load the App for your local station or WLS Chicago
It also serves up Free Republic, albeit it is hard to read.
Not too long ago, I had a 1973 Ford LTD with an eight track player.
I recently rented a car in Baltimore that had satellite radio. It was interesting to tune into Los Angeles traffic information while driving through the streets of Baltimore.
Most of the time, when not listening to cassettes, I listen to AM radio--Limbaugh, Larry Elder, Glenn Beck, Hannity, etc. I wish there was some way to get Internet radio in the car.