Modern Relics: The rise and fall (and rise again) of the Sony Walkman

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The Sony Walkman forever changed the way we listened to music.

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The relentless march of technological development means once cutting edge inventions are continually being relegated to the scrapheap, or at least the musty bottom drawer. From what might have been to what never stood a chance, our Modern Relics video series takes a look back at technology that has fallen by the wayside, found itself on the wrong side of a format war, or was simply superseded by new innovation.

In 1980 the Sony Walkman arrived on the shores of the United States and completely altered how people consumed music. In this episode of Modern Relics we look back at the rise and fall of this influential device ... and its recent resurgence as a highly sought after hipster accessory.

Do you still have and/or use an old cassette Walkman? How long did you hang onto yours back in the day? We'd love to hear about your experiences with this classic little piece of tech.

And remember to check out some of our other episodes of Modern Relics.

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