More than 30 years after the first Walkman was
commercialized, Sony announced that they will
no longer be making new portable cassette players
for the Japanese market.
Since the launch in 1979 the company has sold
over 220 million units worldwide. The cassette
Walkman created by Nobutoshi Kihara is now
officially dead in Japan although Sony says they
will keep making some for emerging markets
and countries where the demand is still high enough.