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July 1, 1979: Sony Releases First Walkman
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July 1, 1979: Sony Releases First Walkman

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Today in 1979, Sony released the Walkman, the world’s first portable consumer audio cassette player. Originally known only in Japan as the Walkman (names from other countries included “Soundabout,” “Stowaway,” and “Freestyle”), the name eventually caught on globally. The Walkman name is now used for most of Sony’s portable audio line.

 

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