Sony makes last of the walkmans , hand contract over to chinese.
Since launching the first Walkman in 1979, Sony has sold 220 million of the portable players. Picture: Kristi Miller Source: News Limited
AFTER more than 30 years, Sony has pulled the plug on its iconic Walkman, the original portable cassette-tape player.
The New York Post reported that the electronics company made its last shipment of the tape players to the Japanese market earlier this year, and once those are sold off, there will not be any more to come.
Sony has, however, outsourced some Walkman manufacturing to a Chinese company for sales to people who still use cassette tapes.
Launched in 1979, the Walkman became a global hit and a symbol of tech cool, with Sony selling some 220 million of the boxy devices.
Modern MP3 players like the iPod eventually trumped the Walkman and portable disc players - despite Sony's effort to market a digital version of the 1980s staple.