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The walkman was introduced in 1979

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The walkman was introduced in 1979


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Sony released the first comercially available Walkman on July 1, 1979, the TPS-L2 model. It was first built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during frequent long plane trips.

In the US it was initially marketed as the Soundabout and the Stowaway in the UK. In Japan the marketing name was Walkman from the beginning, though Morita hated that name and asked that it be changed, he finally changed his mind when being told by junior executives that a promotion campaign had already begun using that brand name and that it would be too expensive to change at that moment.

It would become one of the symbolic inventions of this age, as it changed the way of listening music as well as it opened the access to media while doing activities outdoors and without the need to have the device plugged in the electrical outlet. It can be considered as the first portable media device.

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