Reports of the death of the Sony Walkman, which more than 30 years ago revolutionized the way people listened to music, are premature.
Widely circulated rumors of the demise of the original-style Walkman player, which uses cassette tapes, seem to have stemmed from two words on the Japanese Sony Corp. site for the device. It said, "Production finished."
But as it turns out, that meant only that the player would no longer be sold in its home country of Japan, according to a Sony spokesman who didn't want to be named because he was not authorized to speak on this matter.
He said he could not comment at all on why sales of the hand-held device, which took the world by storm starting in 1979, were being halted in Japan. However, the cassette-playing Walkman, he said, will continue to be available elsewhere, including in the United States.