Walkman, a portable cassette player that for the first time lets us take our music with us without bothering our neighbors, beats the market on July 1, 1979.
The portable cassette player revolutionized how people listen to music.
The Walkman was not the first of its kind, but it was the first affordable and manageable portable music player. Others like the German Stereobelt were too clunky and expensive, so they never took off.
In his heyday, the Walkman was synonymous with portable music players when Kleenex became tissue and Xerox was to copy machines.
Walkman continued to sell well even through the CD era. Innovations such as the 1
But sales began to plum soon after Apple revealed the iPod in 2001, and digital downloads began to dominate.