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This music device has turned 40, was this your first love?

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Guess how did people listen to music on the go before the latest mobile phones, ipods etc.? The current generation would find this gadget dated but then the device dominated the music industry for decades as listening to music changed since then.

This device completed 40 years yesterday. The ‘Walkman’, the handheld cassette tape player released by Sony turned 40. Apparently, the Walkman came into existence when Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka felt that Sony's then existing portable player was too unwieldy & expensive. Walkman is a series of portable media players manufactured by Sony. The original Walkman, released on July 1, 1979, was a portable cassette player that changed listening habits by allowing people to listen to music on the go.

The generation in their late 30’s 40’s would have a wide grin on their faces as they speak about their then first love and I don’t mean a girl/boy, it was the Walkman or so-to-say a portable cassette player that did not compel you to be in confines of a room or some place. The cassette players were the order of the day when one would discuss a playlist with family/friends and get the same custom made from a friendly neighbourhood cassette shop that was already packed with people going through heaps of pre-recorded cassettes. I remember creating a complete Kishore Kumar volume with photocopied cassette covers et al. It was sheer joy.

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It also helped in creating numerous friends with similar liking as one would exchange cassettes and that would build friendships unlike today when things are so mechanical and easily available that one is not bothered about asking a thing from others!

If this makes you go nostalgic about ‘walkman’, share your story with us. Stay tuned for more.

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