Sony Walkman turns 40: 6 things you didn’t know about the iconic player

1st July 1979: the day a personal cassette player came into the world and changed it forever

Imagine leaving the house without mobile music? We know, perish the thought. Music-on-the-go has been a simple pleasure for decades – but not in the smartphone and wireless earbud combination we know it today.

Portable radios filled pockets in the 1950s, but when the first Sony Walkman personal stereo cassette player (the TPS-L2, pictured top) went on sale for around $150 on July 1st 1979, it would change the way we listened to music.

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