Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sony Walkman

Sony has announced it will stop producing its classic Walkman with the digital era displacing it with mp3 players and mobile telephones. I myself had a Walkman many moons ago and can't help but think of this as a milestone in the move to digital technologies.

The ABC report on this announcement discusses our love for mixtapes and taping songs off the radio - if only we had known then we were pirates perhaps the law would have been changed sooner but as it stands both of these activities were illegal. That didnt stop us though. In recent years creating a mixtape of songs we own is now legal but like so many mine were from friends and that of course remains illegal. DRM wasnt even an acronym back then.

Its high time the music industry got with the program on the sharing of music.

Further Reading
ABC, Tape lovers mix it up, old-spool (25 October 2010) < http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/25/3047591.htm?section=justin > at 26 October 2010

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