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Old 01-08-2007, 06:06 AM   #1
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Sony Reader Walkman

Remember the Walkman, Sony's popular brand? Once it was so powerful that it was synonymously used to refer to any portable music device. And if we read the minds of Sony's people right, they are planning to achieve the same for the Reader among e-readers. Gizmodo, who is reporting live from the Sony press event @ CES 2007, has this tiny, yet interesting bit of remark:

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5:17: Now the portable media guy is here. He's digging out their UMPCs, Vaios, and Sony Reader ("the Walkman of the written word").
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Old 01-08-2007, 07:48 AM   #2
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Remember the Walkman, Sony's popular brand? Once it was so powerful that it was synonymously used to refer to any portable music device.
Yes, I rembember of course. I have a still working MD Walkman MZ-R50 which was manufactured in '98 - with a maximum playtime of 80 min on 1 MD.
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I remember listing to the roll out for MD at Summer CES back in the mid 90's. And the comment that No will not use for data storage... WHick they did by around 97 I think.

Glad they are talking about it.
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:03 PM   #4
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Heh, I think I've still got a cassette Walkman from the mid '80s somewhere.
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:15 PM   #5
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Think I can beat you.

The Apollo Astronauts took the predecessor to the Walkman with them. Sony actually sold I think in limited quantity. I have one that Father brought back in 1971.

If want can post pix of it. Its all aluminum.
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:40 PM   #6
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My first Sony Walkman was yellow, thick, and supposedly waterproof. It was actually a prototype which never made it into stores. This must have been like 20 years ago
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That would be seriously nifty.
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:48 PM   #8
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Here it is:





And the gallery of full size pictures...

http://nightwing.smugmug.com/gallery...27/1/121929713

They made around 36,000 of the TC-50.
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PS: I remember that Sony was always big on service manuals. Could there be one for the Reader? ^_^
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Oh, you meant shortly!

That's classic, Nightwing. Thanks!
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That's classic, Nightwing. Thanks!

Welcome...

When I get back off of some calls. Will shoot it next to the reader.
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When I get back off of some calls. Will shoot it next to the reader.
Gees! And I thought my circa 1978 one was old! It's in the dump somewhere!
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Wow, you guys have me going back to the 80's. When I was 16 and working, I wanted the best of the newest in music players. I went into Service Merchandise and purchased the Sony Walkman WM-F100 which at the time was the most portable high tech walkman available. It was rechargable, had an EQ on the front, and was a little bigger than a cassette. It also included an attachment for the bottom to piggyback a AA battery for more time. It also came with a case, I loved that walkman. found some photos of it on the internet.
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knockoff Walkmans...

Anyone else remember the ads in the back of Stereo Review in the late 70's with the great products from some guy named "Drew" who explained how he wasn't normally inclined to promote this or that item but when it crossed his desk the sensational sound quality literally BLEW HIM AWAY?
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