When he got back to Japan, he got his engineers together, and they developed the Walkman
. It was a small personal stereo that would actually fit in a good-sized pocket.
Retro tech such as old iPods, Sony Walkmans
, Nintendo Game Boy consoles are changing hands for thousands of pounds.
Before the iPod and mp3 player became omnipresent, way, before there was Walkman
. Before the iPod was even a thought, Sony had sold millions of this iconic cassette player.
The property, which has been the design HQ of Lovegrove for many years and is where he worked on his Apple and Walkman
designs, has three bedrooms and is filled with light and features a dramatic spiral staircase connecting the floors.
While a lot has changed in the intervening 30 years for Sony, and while the Walkman
has been well eclipsed by the iPod and the iPhone, in those early days it was quite a phenomenon.
Sony is also bringing the NWZ-A35 Walkman
to India, which can play high-res audio wirelessly.
was one of Sony's most successful brands of all time, selling 200 million.
During the 1980s, the Walkman
ruled the gadget world, bringing to the masses the glorious analog sounds of cassette tapes and selling over 385 million units since it was launched in 1979.
I spent last weekend trying out their MDR-Z7 headphones (Dh2599) the PHA-3 portable headphone amplifier (Dh3,699), and the Hi-Res Sony Walkman
(Dh4,939), all of which Sony recently released here in Dubai.
Sony called it the Soundabout, then changed the name to the Walkman
, hoping the 30,000 it had made would sell.
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Swedish music streamer Spotify will provide the soundtrack for Sony devices, the companies said Wednesday, spelling the end to the streaming music service from the Japanese tech giant that invented the Walkman