It was groundbreaking in its day, signifying the dawn of an age of music on the move.
But in the digital era the Sony Walkman cassette player has become a technological relic. Now it is disappearing from the shops altogether in Japan after production of the machine was halted.
The Walkman was revolutionary when launched in 1979. Apart from transistor radios, portable music was non-existent. More than 200 million went on to be sold worldwide.
Sometimes the music turned warbly; sometimes users needed pens to disentangle chewed up tape. But plenty of people found their ancient Walkmans were more robust than many of today’s machines.
Aficionados need not completely despair. Sony is to continue some production of the cassette Walkman in China.