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when sony walkman invented?

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  • Crash
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    1 decade ago
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    I bought one here in Canada when they first came out, I think it was around 1980. It was an AM/FM radio, had pretty good sound and reception, despite not having an aerial. It was about the size of my hand. Wish I still had it, it might be worth something.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Sony Walkman was released in 1979, as the "Walkman" in Japan and called the "Soundabout" in other contries.

    "The original patent for a personal stereo was registered by Srirekam Jayram Purushotam on behalf of his brother Balram Shotam (Baal). The patent was filed in the U.K in 1974. Baal had a prototype built in 1972 while he was in the record industry as President of Baal Records distributing ABC and AVCO" (Stylistics) records.

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  • 1 decade ago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkman

    The original Walkman was released in 1979 as the Walkman in Japan and Soundabout abroad. The device was created by audio division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent transpacific plane trips[1]. Morita hated the Walkman name so much that he asked it to be changed. But he was told by junior executives that a promotion campaign had already begun using the 'Walkman' name and it would be too expensive to change it now. And so Morita relented.

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