In 1979, Sony released the Walkman, which allowed people to take their cassettes on the go. It helped propel the cassettes to become the dominant format (for a brief time before CDs came along) and changed the way we listen to music, now with music streamed from a web service on your phone.
Sony is launching two limited models: the Sony NW-A100TPS and the lower-end Sony NW-A105.
They won’t just be rehashes of the old versions, but will come with a few modern upgrades. The new Walkman doesn’t play cassettes. It is instead Android powered and comes with 16gb of space. The NW-A100 comes in red, orange, ash green, blue and black colors and features a small 3.6-inch touchscreen. The Walkman comes with a headphone jack and is compatible with Bluetooth.
According to Gizmodo, the Walkman will go on sale in December and cost $599 in Australia and €440/£400 in Europe. US dates and prices have not been created yet.
Why anyone would buy this as something more than a collectors item remains to be seen, but maybe it will be cool.