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July 1, 1979: Sony Introduces the Walkman

The portable music game has come a long way, but it took its first big step on July 1, 1979 with Sony unveiling the Walkman.

Compared to the music players of today, the Walkman's size might be more reminiscent of a brick, but it's impact on how we consumed music cannot be understated.  Let's face it:  200 million Walkmans weren't sold simply by accident.

Of course, as with all technology, it's always interesting to see the shock (and, in some instances, disgust) of today's youth to the advances of yesterday.  In honor of the Walkman's anniversary, check out the video below titled "Kids React To Walkmans."  We don't know what's more amusing:  The fact that most of them struggled to figure out how to open the Walkman or that one day, even their precious iPhones might be considered obsolete.

KIDS REACT TO WALKMANS (Portable Cassette Players)

Walkmans BONUS Reactions: NEW Videos Every Week! Subscribe: Watch all main React episodes (Kids/Teens/Elders/YouTubers): Watch the kids try to figure out how a Walkman works and what they think of how it competes against the technology of today.



Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.