Happy Birthday to The Walkman!

When Hirsch’s opened their doors for the first time 40 years ago, Sony was on the verge of launching the iconic Walkman, the first portable music player that launched in July 1979. Smartphones and other mobile devices have neatly taken over the job of this pioneer in the music industry, but it’s interesting to know that the great grandfather of these devices would revolutionize the way we listen to music, ushering in a whole new era of people listening to sound away from home.

Comments Chaim Gartenberg in My Office News “The Walkman 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. It’s not quite the powerhouse of a brand as it once was, but 40 years on, the changes the Walkman caused in our lives and in how we relate to both music and technology are still as relevant as ever.”