Sony Walkman at 40: fans nostalgic for first portable music player, and the soundtrack to their youth

The must-have ’80s gadget and one-time icon of Japan electronics cool, Sony’s Walkman turned 40 this year and, like its now middle-aged fans, is clinging to its youth with hi-tech updates.On July 1, 1979, as the global economy suffered through the second oil shock, Sony unleashed on the world a dark-blue brick of a machine with chunky silver buttons, the Walkman TPS-L2.Priced at a hefty 33,000 yen – US$ 300 in today’s money – the first generation Walkman could not record, but its stereo music…

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