Re-live history with a cassette Walkman

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Last week saw us celebrating the 40th anniversary of the almighty Walkman and it appears that some people have gotten caught up in the nostalgia of it all. A company called Ninm wants to release a cassette Walkman based on the design of the original Sony device, though giving it a modern edge by integrating Bluetooth into it, so that you can use Bluetooth headphones or speakers and not the standard wired ones.

The company currently has its retro nostalgia tech, called the It’s OK out on Kickstarter with a planned price of $75. This is not a device that just looks like a cassette player, but plays mp3 or other modern formats, but is a legitimate cassette player that requires you to have cassettes. So, if you’re someone who still loves the format, its scratchy sound, only being able to listen to music for like 45 minutes and then needing to turn it around and enjoys the fun of untangling cassettes when they get stuck, then it’s the perfect device for you.

As great as nostalgia can be, it is a lot of money for what is essentially something built on a piece of extremely old technology. Aside from playing original cassettes, the devices come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and use AA batteries, much like the original Walkman. The only modern technology that you do get though is Bluetooth, though given that this is essentially the world’s first Bluetooth 5.0 portable cassette player, there will always people wanting to get in on the act, even if it is rather silly.

Personally, I will just stick with using my phone as my personal music player but then I’ve long since gotten rid of my physical mediums when it comes to music. Does anyone still have some old cassettes around that could make use of this new device?

Last Updated: July 9, 2019

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