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Did you own a Sony Walkman?

I bought one in 1979 and remember paying over a hundred dollars for it. Very high tech back then.

by Anonymousreply 1505/24/2020

I own an Aiwa Walkman, never used. Saved it for when my Sony died. S is dead, kept A.

by Anonymousreply 105/24/2020

I had the "runners" version which came in a heavier bright yellow plastic case.

IIRC that thing burned through batteries.

by Anonymousreply 205/24/2020

Yes, I loved it I listened to “Stop Making Sense” for hours on a long bus ride from NYC to Maine. I thought I was the coolest thing around.

by Anonymousreply 305/24/2020

In 1983, I listened to the entire original cast album of Funny Girl over and over as I walked 30 blocks in NY... went inside and found out the volume was so LOUD I was blasting my ears out! Nice album though.

by Anonymousreply 405/24/2020

I still have it.

by Anonymousreply 505/24/2020

I inherited my father's 1979 one in 1980. I never went anywhere without one for about ten years. They'd wear out very quickly. Fall apart.

I don't think I'd walk around town listening to music now.

by Anonymousreply 605/24/2020

This was my first Walkman. I also had such a cheap one, also made by Sony, that was such a POS, the music sounded like I was playing a warped record if I dared to walk while listening to it. Then I had a yellow sports model, which lasted forever. Or until I got a Discman.

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by Anonymousreply 705/24/2020

no . i am a generation z-er.

by Anonymousreply 805/24/2020

Yes.

I loved it.

Remember listening to 'Moonage Daydream' by David Bowie.

And crying.

by Anonymousreply 905/24/2020

None of these machines can block out ambient sounds of traffic and railways.

They're only suitable for playing loud, rhythmic pop music; it's impossible to listen to serious, classical music while moving about the city.

by Anonymousreply 1005/24/2020

I loved mine. By the time it finally wore out, The Discman has been invented, and I loved that, too.

by Anonymousreply 1105/24/2020

[quote]Then I had a yellow sports model, which lasted forever.

I always meant to get one of those but for some reason never did.

The last one I bought had an excellent record function and I still have it somewhere. I also have a CD version. Don't think I ever dug it that much.

by Anonymousreply 1205/24/2020

I still have my very early iPod. It's like a candlestick phone in comparison to the modern ones...but it knocks the walkman out of the ballpark. They were/are amazing.

by Anonymousreply 1305/24/2020

In addition, r10, I prefer to listen to music I don't necessarily love while I am out and about. I create mental associations with music, and I only seldom prefer the ones that get created outdoors to the ones I already have with the music. I ruined some Beach Boys and Springsteen memories.

I would never play classical while on the go. Music is a defense mechanism when I'm in transit.

by Anonymousreply 1405/24/2020

Finishing r14, Steely Dan, disco, the Cars, the Police, Stevie Wonder, and jazz are perfect for music on the go.

by Anonymousreply 1505/24/2020
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