On July 1st, 1979, Sony revolutionized the way we listen to music when it released the iconic Walkman TPS-L2, the first real portable music player. “Boomboxes and portable radios had been around for a while, but the Walkman made portable music private, ushering in a whole new era of people listening to music away from home,” writes Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge. The Walkman stood the test of time by continuing to sell well even through the CD era. “[It] would go on to see numerous hardware iterations over the years, including ‘Discman’ CD models and MiniDisc players, as well as more modern portable media player devices that Sony still sells today,” writes Gartenberg. It wasn’t until Apple unveiled the iPod in 2001 and digital downloads began to dominate that Walkman sales started to plummet.
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