Hard to believe, but the Sony Walkman is turning 40 this year! The tech giant has come a long way since the 1970’s, but it’s not forgetting the product that helped make it famous. Earlier this year, Sony celebrated the invention with a retrospective exhibition in Tokyo. Now, they’re releasing a new version of the original Walkman for 2019.
Sony’s NW-A100TPS shares the same look as the 1979 cassette player, but the big difference is that it doesn’t play cassette tapes. Instead, the 16GB device plays music through Wi-Fi and Android apps. And the 3.6-inch strip of glass on the front isn’t a window panel: It’s actually a tiny touchscreen you can use to control your tunes.
While you’re listening to music, the screensaver shows an animation of an old-fashioned cassette tape in motion just like old-school Walkman’s.
The gadget does have at least one retro feature leftover from the Walkman’s reign – a headphone jack. That feature is becoming scarce in new media devices these days. Alternatively, if you feel the wire isn’t worth the nostalgia, the music player also connects to Bluetooth.
Getting modern technology with a vintage vibe will cost you. Starting in December, Sony will sell the NW-A100TPS for 400 euros in Europe. There’s no word yet on when or if the device will be available to North American consumers.
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