You may have thought that your phone had killed off personal music players and consigned the Walkman to history for good, but Sony have other ideas. To celebrate 40 years of the personal stereo they are reintroducing a retro styled Walkman in November.
But rather than the tape version that was first introduced in 1979, the new version is a hi-res, wi-fi enabled machine with a 3.6-inch HD screen suitable for all your streaming needs. It also allows you to play music via SD card memory
The 40th anniversary edition is designed to resembled the TPS-L2, first released in July 1979. Sure it’s a bit of a gimmick, but with all things 80s making a comeback via retro TV programmes such as Stranger Things, it was only a matter of time before giant corporations such as Sony would try to cash in on the nostalgia of the era.
Let’s face it, anything that gets us away from our phones is probably a good thing. However, at a whopper retail price of €830 it is unlikely to appear under too many trees this winter. Presumably if this model is successful we can expect to see CD Walkman models follow suit at some point.
Check out the video below for a walk-through of the history of the Walkman including its lesser loved brother the MiniDisc and flac players. We’ll be reliving the VHS – Betamax war next.