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Happy 35th birthday, Walkman

Doug Gross, CNN
Released in 1979, the TPS-L2 was the first model of Walkman that Sony released. It wasn't the very first portable cassette player designed to let users listen on the go. But the earlier product, called the Stereobelt, was considered too big, ugly and expensive and didn't last long. Released in 1979, the TPS-L2 was the first model of Walkman that Sony released. It wasn't the very first portable cassette player designed to let users listen on the go. But the earlier product, called the Stereobelt, was considered too big, ugly and expensive and didn't last long.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Sony Walkman turns 35 on Tuesday
  • The cassette player was retired in 2010, but Walkman mp3 players remain

(CNN) -- It was 35 years ago Tuesday that Sony, not Apple, revolutionized the way we listen to music.

The Walkman, a portable cassette player that, for the first time, let us take our music with us without bothering our neighbors, hit the market on July 1, 1979.

See kids baffled by a Walkman

Today, it's all about Apple's iPod. But in its heyday, the Walkman was as synonymous with portable music players as Kleenex became to tissue and Xerox was to copy machines.

Bowing to digital reality, Sony retired the cassette Walkman in 2010.

Check out our gallery for a look at some of the most iconic Walkman models through the years. What are some of your Walkman memories? Let us know in the comments.

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