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a modern 13-year-old's review of the Walkman

June 29th, 2009 (09:59 pm)
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via [info - personal]iamza comes this glorious item in the BBC Magazine: a review of the Sony Walkman, from the point of view of a thirteen-year-old living in 2009. He handed in his iPod and carted the Walkman around for a week. Some complaints: it is big, it is clunky, and it only comes in one color.

Another notable feature that the iPod has and the Walkman doesn't is "shuffle", where the player selects random tracks to play. Its a function that, on the face of it, the Walkman lacks. But I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down "rewind" and releasing it randomly - effective, if a little laboured.


Also, it took him three days to discover that cassette tapes have two sides.

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Posted by: Elspeth (elspethdixon)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)

I read that article. It caused me to head-desk massively.

A Walkman is still my preferred way to listen to books on tape while running, because loading an entire .mp3 file of a book on my mp3 player clobbers its memory and I've never yet encountered a portable CD player that didn't skip if you ran while holding it (and god forbid you drop it).

Posted by: peeps wanna see peeps boink (musesfool)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
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Oh, man, I used to carry around five or six tapes and extra batteries with me, and god forbid I forgot the batteries and got stuck in the subway. And I used to be expert at removing slightly crinkly tape from the walkman and rolling it back into the cassette. While I don't miss that, I do miss the control of ordering tracks on a mixtape and knowing the recipient was going to listen to them in the order intended, rather than on random shuffle.

Posted by: Vanilla ... Spiked with Slivovitz (jenna_thorn)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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I used to be expert at removing slightly crinkly tape from the walkman and rolling it back into the cassette

I'm dating myself here, but I got free help in the computer lab for years because I'd spent enough time with the reel-to-reels at the radio station to have the deft touch for re-rolling the cassette tapes that were used for data storage.

So every one of the high level computer geeks knew that I had a better shot of salvaging their data with minimal damage than anyone else in the lab and that I worked for math and science help. It's the only way I passed physics 101, I swear.

Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)

Hahaha, three days. Awesome.

Posted by: boogieshoes (boogieshoes)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)

Also, it took him three days to discover that cassette tapes have two sides.

*giggles*

oh, my - that totally made my day!

-bs

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