R.I.P. Walkman

R.I.P. Walkman
In a move that's shocking if only because the company hadn't done it already, Sony has announced that, after 30 years of production, it will stop producing the Walkman, much to the chagrin of romantic mixtape makers and analogue junkies everywhere.

While the once-revolutionary device used to make listening to your favourite albums a breeze, the dominance of MP3 players — not to mention an even earlier market shift to portable compact disc players — has all but erased the contraption from our minds. There is still a little bit of hope for analogue enthusiasts, though, as Chinese factories will still build a few models.

So goodbye to you, Walkman. You may have chewed up our favourite Bon Jovi tapes back in the day, but now we can listen to Slippery When Wet on our iPods — at least the tracks that aren't covered in digital noise.