For the twenty readers out there who are still holding onto your cassette tape players in hopes that a retro fad will make them relevant enough for new tapes to be produced, your prayers have been answered from on high. Way on high. Like outer space high. In an announcement that exploded across the Interwebz today like a ch-ch-cherry bomb, the Guardians of the Galaxy “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” soundtrack (and who didn’t?) will hit stores in the form of cassette tape—just like the one owned by Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord—on November 17. (more…)
Death affects us in different ways. Some of us cry. Some of us isolate ourselves. Some of us turn into raging psycho hosebeasts who throw things against the wall. No matter how you grieve, you’ll need to get out your death shrouds today. Sony has killed the cassette Walkman.
I know, I know. Some of you readers don’t even remember a time when music wasn’t on an iPod or cell phone. But those of us aged 25+ counted on the Walkman to entertain us during those loooooong drives to Myrtle Beach with our parents, or to share tunes with our best friends (TWO headphone jacks, bitches!), or to up our cool factor as we bobbed our heads to the music while passing the black-clad rebels who were smoking behind the school.
But just as video killed the radio star, digital music players have all but killed mobile cassette players. Mobile CD players (which I still see daily on the city bus) surely aren’t far behind.
So as Japan and the world buys up the final batch of official Walkmen this year, let’s take a moment to remember our readers’ finest moments in Walkman history. Did you share a jack (um, headphone jack, sickos) with your 10th-grade crush? Did you wear out your cassette copy of “Please, Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em?” Let us know in the comments, or tell us on Twitter with the hashtag #WalkmanNB.
1. Kindle – Oh to have the entire Chronicles of Narnia set right in your pocket at all times…the future is here, people. As every nerd knows, Amazon.com offers this little book reading device…but did you know the price just came down to $259!! Go now! Go add it to your wish list! And then come back and find out what else you want on your list for Santa this year…
2. Retro Block iPod Speaker – Yes, this dorky little item will charm any nerd with a penchant for engineering. The little Lego-looking mini-dock requires no batteries! Oh, and joy of all joys…you can get in in regular or metallic! Available at Fredflare.com
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