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Walkman Is 30  
User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3076 posts, RR: 21
Posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2620 times:

Well 30 years ago this week a revolution started....Sony launched the walkman..Before this you had to strap a turntable to your back if you wanted portable walk around music.....and it really skipped something fierce.... Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin  laughing   laughing   laughing   laughing 

.I still remember my first walkman..I remember those terrible headphones with the sponge ear protectors.....I was to young for the first but I had a Yellow Sony Sports...water resistant..

When I moved to Ottawa I finally tossed all the mix tapes I had created...

gs


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User currently offlineCasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4158 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2617 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8117619.stm

Great article about a kid giving up the ipod for a walkman for a week.


Funny how much things have changed.


from the article

" It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette"

 silly   rotfl 



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User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2612 times:

Walkman WOULD HAVE BEEN 30 would probably be a more appropriate title to this thread... Big grin Are they even still making these?


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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3076 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2610 times:

I bet Superfly still uses his walkman.....

The name is still used but it is now attached to a phone...but yeah I would have been 30....

I wonder if I went home and started digging through boxes if I could find my old Walkman...

GS



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Bought my 1st Sony Walkman 1980 with crappy earphones, the quality was so ´n so....

//Mike  Cool



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

I was so excited the day ( Christmas Day ) that my Sister and I got our first Walkmans. My Dad didnt want us to have them but my Mum persuaded him. Ours were black and gold and the earphones had Orange sponge covers .  Big grin


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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

God I've had my fair share of Walkmen (?) in my time! The first one I ever got was made by Binatone and was the size of a house brick, but I didn't care, I was just happy to be able to listen to hi-fi quality stereo sound wherever I was! I even bought a talking one in Japan in 1992 (which I still have to this day...I just can't throw it out, even though I never use it) - whenever you pressed a button, a female American voice would tell you what you had just pressed!


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2568 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6):
Walkmen (?) in my time!

Id say you have  Wink  Big grin

Binatone still exist they make cheap phones .



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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2559 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6):
Walkmen (?) in my time!

Id say you have

 Silly Yeah, most of them were walking away as fast as their legs would carry them!!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Binatone still exist they make cheap phones .

Blimey, I thought they disappeared years ago! I remember they marketed a cheap alternative to Sony's 'Walkman 1' and called it the Hip-fi!!



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
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I got a Sony Walkman in 1985. It was the deluxe model with a cassette and radio. It was very cool. I had a Sanyo model before that with only a tape player. The Sony unit worked well until 1991 when headphone jack wore out. I still have that one. I have not used it in a long time. I got a Sony Discman in 1990, but I rarely used it outside my house because it would use batteries really fast and it would skip. I also have a 1990 Sony Watchman. It is the Black and White 2 inch TV. It worked great until the switcher to HD. I can still pick up the Canadian channels with it.


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7637 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2484 times:



Quoting Greasespot (Reply 3):
I bet Superfly still uses his walkman.....

Didn't know he had hit the 80s yet  Silly  Big grin

The first one I had was a blue and white one from Canadian Tire, it was there house brand, think it was Pulsar or something like that. It didn't have a rewind, so I had to flip the tape and fast forward. But it did have a 3 band equilizer to get the most out of the crappy headphones ... lol!



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2435 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

I still can remember my dad's tape Walkman. I don't what brand it was but I'm sure it was the green one. Big grin


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13813 posts, RR: 63
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2452 times:



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 1):
Funny how much things have changed.


from the article

" It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette"

silly rotfl

Give that boy a telephone with a rotary dial disk and watch the fun!  devil 

Jan


User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11949 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

Somehow Sony made the transition from cassette to CD, but didn't make the transition to MP3.
Presumably because they didn't know how to cope the intellectual property rights issues.
Not a trivial matter given their investments in record companies.
IMHO they would have been better off staying out of the media business.
It's really hobbled what their electronics side can do.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2436 times:
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Quoting Revelation (Reply 13):
Somehow Sony made the transition from cassette to CD, but didn't make the transition to MP3.

Sony has had some duds over the years. Beta sort of worked out for them Betacam SP was successful for commercial use, but betamax didn't last all that long. Sony was also big on the mini disc and 8mm VCR in the 1990s. Both of which went nowhere. I think Sony also had a device to print images off of video too, in the 1990s.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2431 times:



Quoting Greasespot (Reply 3):
I bet Superfly still uses his walkman.....

Nope.
I never cared for portable audio. I like to be aware of my surroundings when I am out in public.

Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 2):
Walkman WOULD HAVE BEEN 30 would probably be a more appropriate title to this thread... Big grin Are they even still making these?

Yes they are and are very cheap.


Me & my sisters got 1 Sony Walkman to share for Christmas back in 1979.
It was gray & black and had a leather case. Even then, I still preferred the LP and 8track tape.

Quoting Greasespot (Thread starter):
Before this you had to strap a turntable to your back if you wanted portable walk around music.....and it really skipped something fierce...

Actually the first portable audio device that you could walk around with was the Panasonic Dynamite 8track player.
Even though 8track tapes were stereo, this player was mono and so was the headphone output.

http://www.8trackheaven.com/images/PanasonicTNT.jpg




The first portable audio format was the 8track cartridge invented by Lear Jet.
The 8track format started in 1964 in private jet aircraft, yachts and Cadillacs.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2414 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
Panasonic Dynamite 8track

I had a Yellow Dynamite 8. It was a dandy. I picked it up used and it had Led Zepplin Rules carved into it. It ate a bunch of tapes and I traded it for a car 8-track deck.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
The 8track format started in 1964 in private jet aircraft, yachts and Cadillacs.

Ford put 4-tracks in some up market products, in 1966. I never saw one in a Lincoln, but I saw one in a 1966 Country Squire and a 1967 Mercury Cougar.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2401 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 15):
The first portable audio format was the 8track cartridge invented by Lear Jet.

It wasn't invented by Learjet, but Bill Lear, who founded Learjet.



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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

I bought a Walkman back in 2002 when the cassette tape's popularity was winding down. It collected dust until this week, when inspired by the BBC article I dug it out and used it for a few days. Going from a very light iPod with thousands of songs to one tape with a handful of 70s and 80s tunes made me thankful for how far portable audio has come, but the Walkman had a sense of nostalgia and even charm that the iPod will never possess (in my mind, anyway).


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
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Quoting N867DA (Reply 18):
Going from a very light iPod with thousands of songs to one tape with a handful of 70s and 80s tunes made me thankful for how far portable audio has come,

I thought it was a big deal when we got 100 minute tapes. Then those tapes wouldn't work well in my car. I liked the walkman because it was big and difficult to lose. The iPod is small and be can be misplaced easily.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 17):
It wasn't invented by Learjet, but Bill Lear, who founded Learjet.

I have some older 8-tracks that have "Learjet Stereo 8" written in the plastic on the back of the cartridge.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2370 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 19):
I thought it was a big deal when we got 100 minute tapes. Then those tapes wouldn't work

This was always happening to me::

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User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2038 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

I got my first Walkman in 1987. My uncle bought it for me in Vancouver. I used it day and night  Smile

Now I have an iPod touch. It's a good replacement.

asturias



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2362 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 19):
I have some older 8-tracks that have "Learjet Stereo 8" written in the plastic on the back of the cartridge.

Okay, but that doesn't mean that RonCo, as a company, has the right to claim to have invented the items that its founder, Ron Popiel, had actually invented using his own name.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5969 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
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Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 22):
Okay, but that doesn't mean that RonCo, as a company, has the right to claim to have invented the items that its founder, Ron Popiel, had actually invented using his own name.

I wasn't saying that Learjet invented the tapes I was just mentioning that some tapes had the name on the back. But the company must have had something to do with them at one time or else they would not have put Learjet Stereo 8 on the tapes.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
This was always happening to me::

That was what happened to a lot of 100 minute tapes. Also they would twist around. My Walkman could handle 100 minute tapes, but car couldn't. In most, if not all, GM cars of the 80s and 90s the owners manual said not to use 100 minute tapes. I guess they may have been either too thin or too heavy for the mechanism.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2334 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 19):
I thought it was a big deal when we got 100 minute tapes.

Actually there were 120 minute tapes.
1 hour per side.
Those only came in type I normal position tapes. Ideal for recording speeches and bringing down Richard Nixon.  Wink
The longest type IV Metal position cassettes I've seen were 110 minutes.
TDK and Radio Shack made them and they sound awesome.
I made some mix tapes on TDK MA-XG tapes that sound perfect.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
This was always happening to me::

Very common with cheap equipment which was what most people had.
Portables/boom boxes and car stereos are notorious for chewing up tapes. I've never had a cassette tape chewed up on any of my home cassette decks.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 23):
I guess they may have been either too thin or too heavy for the mechanism.

Combination of the two.
Longer tapes are thinner and tend to stretch over time. Some high-end cassette decks have pitch control to correct this problem. Too bad no car deck ever had that feature. That is the only place I'd listen to a cassette tape. I only use my home deck to make recordings for the car.



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25 Revelation : In the early 80s my friend had a great Aiwa deck he paid $400 for, and a great turntable with a great needle too. I forget the make of these, but he
26 Superfly : Very true! I have cassette tapes that I will not play in other people's car decks unless I clean & demagnetize the heads myself. People are often sho
27 Revelation : Sounds fabulous! Back in the day we made due with carefully chosen cartridges, consumer grade discs and religious use of Disc Washer. The decks I had
28 Superfly : ...or just buy an ebay deck that is ready for use. There are plenty of high-end decks that have already had the belts replaced. Look for Yamaha and D
29 Revelation : LOL! My brother joined without my mom's permission, and I can remember how pissed off she was, because she new she'd end up paying for all the record
30 Superfly : It's disco. For some reason, I am having trouble uploading photos in this thread.
31 Phoenix9 : Those are good...if you can find one, try to get a Nakamichi cassette deck. I still have mine which we bought about 11-12 years go....some of my old
32 Superfly : I've avoided Nakamichi decks simply because they have their own equalization curve which is fine if you playback on a Nakamichi deck. I rarely playba
33 RayChuang : What I find fascinating is that while everyone bemoans the loss of portable cassette players and portable CD players, they're forgetting a couple of t
34 Superfly : I don't think people "bemoan" the loss of the Walkman or Discman they're still in production We're just simply sharing our stories of our first Walkm
35 Post contains images 4holer : I had a very early Walkman about '80 or '81. When I got mine, it wasn't even called a "Walkman" yet. They called it a Soundabout. At the time those la
36 Post contains links OA260 : Walkman celebrates 30 years It is 30 years since Sony launched the Walkman - the gadget that revolutionised the way people around the world listened t
37 RayChuang : The big problem with Dolby C noise reduction was that if you don't set the bias and equalization right for the specific tape type, the sound quality
38 Superfly : I am sure the Aiwa 3800 can make fantastic records with Dolby C but what about playback on other decks?
39 Klaus : I got a 10-year anniversary Walkman back then. It had autoreverse, Dolby C, electronic control (with cable remote!) and was almost smaller than a stan
40 Aeri28 : I remember buying my first "walkman" which was not a sony walkman, but rather an AIWA one with am/fm radio and cassette recording (even from the radio
41 Superfly : Macy's is still there but the electronics section is gone. Now it's an expensive restaurant in place of it.
42 Aeri28 : Thanks Superfly.. I was trying to think of whether the electronics section had moved to the Macys mens across the street, but probably not. Lot of the
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