Boy Gives Up iPod for Walkman

We’ve all gotten so accustomed to our electronics with what seems like limitless capabilities and bells and whistles galore. And the advancements to these electronics have come so quickly that many of us don’t realize how far things have come in such a short amount of time.  Take the cell phone for instance.  15 years ago, everyone salivated at the thought of being able to make and receive phone calls away from home.  Now if you don’t have a cell phone, you are in the minority.  And just being able to make and receive calls on your cell phone is not good enough anymore.  If you can’t send texts, send an email, surf the internet, post a tweet, calculate a tip, get instant directions to the local Starbucks, take pictures and videos with your cell phone, then… well, you might as well be stuck in the 90s.

Speaking of the 90s… well let’s rewind a few more years back to the late 70s.  Does anyone remember the Walkman? For those who weren’t alive in the 80s, here’s the Wikipedia link. This week marks the 30 year anniversary of the Walkman which started the revolution in portable music. In recognition of this revolution, a magazine in the UK challenged a 13-year-old boy to give up his iPod for a week for a Walkman. This article recounts his experiences.

The boy tells of his appreciation of the handy belt clip screwed on the back but compares the size of the Walkman to a small book that would “haul down a low-slung pair of combats” if clipped onto your pants. The boy goes onto critique the vintage media player with some naively funny comments:

– “Another notable feature that the iPod has and the Walkman doesn’t is “shuffle”, where the player selects random tracks to play. Its a function that, on the face of it, the Walkman lacks. But I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down “rewind” and releasing it randomly – effective, if a little laboured.”

– In learning to play a tape… “It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape.”

I have to admit, I felt a bit nostalgic about the good old cassette player after reading the article.


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