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Image TPS-L2 Sony Walkman and case, 1979

TLF ID M000392

This is a model TPS-L2 Sony Walkman portable audio-cassette player and case, manufactured from metal, plastic, fabric and electronic components by Sony Corporation, Japan, in 1979. Controls are situated along the top and right side of the Walkman, and the front flips open to reveal the tape-playing mechanism. There is a small battery casing at the back. There are two sockets for headphones. The Walkman slips into a navy blue vinyl cover.

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Educational value
  • The Sony Walkman was one of the most significant consumer products of the 20th century. It was first marketed in 1979. Sony reconfigured existing technology into a compact package that was attractive, portable and simple to operate, and that delivered high-quality sound. The Sony Walkman was an original design and was an immediate international commercial success. Within months of its release, it was imitated by countless manufacturers.
  • The Walkman allowed the consumer the freedom to enjoy music and radio broadcasts without disrupting other people. It was used by joggers, walkers and hikers during exercise and by people commuting to work.
  • The influence of the Sony Walkman continues to be seen in product designs, social behaviour, media, fashion and music. It influenced the development of the Discman, MP3 players, iPods, mobile telephony, wireless application protocol devices, smartphones, and audio-media formats, distribution and delivery.

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  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
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  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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