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The announcement, on October 25, 2010 that Sony would be discontinuing the production of Walkmans was met by a lot of nostalgia and surprise. Some people had already thought the Walkman was dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that way especially with how digital music players, namely the iPod, have taken over our world. In fact, many lists highlighted the iPod as the invention that changed the world of music in the 2000s. I, for one, am going to miss the Walkman.

Sony Walkman WM A602

Sony Walkman WM A602 Image via Wikipedia

I even wrote a long post for this during the summer about my affinity for the tech stuff I used growing up. You can find it here.  Both items are considered to be revolutionary in terms of how we listen to our music and have shaped the music industry and the definition of what songs are hits or flops. Since the introduction of the iPod, for example, the biggest indicator has become the download rate for a song or how many copies an album sells on iTunes.

Still the Walkman did leave its impact on the world, giving music enthusiasts a chance to take their music with them wherever they went.

This does not mean, however, that we should be in mourning.  This is because Apple have unveiled the newest generations of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod touch, and they look amazing. It’s hard to imagine that they have only been around for 9 years, because it sure feels like forever.  (more…)

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https://i2.wp.com/media.threadless.com/product/1397/zoom.gifI found this image while using Stumbleupon and I couldn’t but share it with you, especially that I have been thinking about writing a post on the “death” of cassettes and CDs thanks to the widespread popularity of iPods and mp3 players for a while now.

I remember about 10 years ago, I used to be the proud owner of a pink-red Sony Walkman on which I used to play all my Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and other pop group cassettes on. Though it was bulky in comparison to my current choice of music player (an iPod nano 3rd generation), I used to carry it everywhere I went, with a spare tape in tow, just in case I got bored of listening to the same thing over and over again.

And even though, in my early teenage years, I transitioned to the CD player, I still obsessively made mix tapes. It was always a matter of waiting for Radio One to play the latest song stuck in my head and rushing to record it, then playing then over and over again. The last time I made a mix-tape, it was in 2004, meaning I was 13 years old, and I only abandoned the practice because I started ordering custom-made mix CDs from a nearby shop. That would soon be followed by buying a first generation iPod shuffle, discovering downloading, replacing the shuffle with a 2nd generation iPod nano, then having to replace it with the current one I have when it would no longer function.That was a sad day, because I had not backed up the 500 or so songs I had, and had to download everything all over again. (more…)