iPod vs. Walkman

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On the 30th birthday of the now legendary Sony Walkman, the BBC Magazine talked 13-year-old Scott Campbell into trading in his brand new iPod for a Walkman for a week to see what he thought. Spoiler alert: In head-to-head competition, the Walkman loses. But in fairness, this is partly due to Scott being completely unfamiliar with audio cassette technology.

It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equalizer, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.

Check out the full article here on BBC News Magazine.

  1. VirGogh

    I prefer the Sony Walkman over the iPod.

    There is no element of surprise with the iPod… u wear you groove you sleep… boring.

    The Sony Walkman creates a sense of anticipation, anxiety, fear… wondering when your next favorite cassette tape is going to be chewed to obsolescence! A shift from elated happiness to a state of depression in less than 5 seconds.

    You can’t beat that for entertainment!