In today’s modern world, with new technology developing all the time, we now have MP3 players, Mini-Disc players and CD players, so surely now cassettes are a thing of the past, and all walkmans are now insignificant and left with a life that consists of sitting in a draw gathering dust. Wrong! All of these new ways of listening to audio files are great, each with it’s own unique advantages: *MP3 player* With an MP3 player you don’t need to buy a copy of the track you want to listen to, you can simply download the MP3 file for free on the Internet and then enjoy the tune on your MP3 player. Also, MP3s do not physically exist and therefore do not take up any storage space. *CD player* A CD player allows tracks to be skipped between at your convenience and also allows tracks to be repeated or play-listed so that you can customise the music that you listen to. *Mini-Disc player* Mini-Disc players allow you to record from the radio or a CD, and then play it back CD-style with the ability to skip between tracks, repeat tracks and create a play-list. However, nothing is perfect, so now let’s take a look at the disadvantages of these three devices: *MP3 player* You cannot buy MP3 files in shops, so accessing music requires an internet connection and the equipment needed to transfer data from your PC to your MP3 player. Also, MP3 players tend not to include a radio function. *CD player* You cannot record onto CDs unless you have a CD-rewriter, an expensive piece of kit, and again portable CD players tend not to have a radio function. *Mini-Disc player* Mini-Discs cannot be bought with music on them; instead you must record from the radio or a CD, which can be inconvenient. Also, Mini-Disc players don’t allow you to listen to the radio. So each of the above technological advances has flaws that a simple cassette player (or Walkman as I will
call it from now on with much affection) can account for. None of the portable versions of the above three devices allow you to listen to the radio, however most walkmans offer AM and FM radio, which proves very useful for sport fans in particular, more on that later. Also, a useful feature of Mini-Discs, being able to record onto them, is missing on CD players and MP3 players, and similarly an important feature of CDs, being able to buy music, is missing on a Mini-Disc player and an MP3 player. Both of these features are present with cassettes, so although the new technology is good, nothing is perfect and all three of the aforementioned devices lack qualities that you can find in good old cassettes. Like all good things, cassettes do have their disadvantages, I mean, they are outdated and it is not so easy t find music to buy on cassette now, as more and more people are buying CDs. Also, cassettes can only be played and rewound/fast-forwarded, you cannot skip between tracks or create a play-list, which proves annoying as to select your favourite tracks you need to rewind and fast-forward all the time. I hope I’ve convinced you that the new audio technology of today may be good, but none of it is 100% better than cassettes, and if you want something that allows you to buy music, play recorded music, and listen to the radio, your best bet is a good old cassette player. Of course, when you are on the move, many people find that it is important to have a cassette player with you so that you can listen to sport coverage on the radio or so that you can fight boredom on long journeys by listening to music, so it is a good idea to get yourself a Walkman. Both of these examples apply to me, regularly I find myself out and about on a Saturday, and so being a dedicated Arsenal fan I rely on my walkman to listen to the football scores coming in on Radio 5 Live. Also, on several holidays to Cornwall that involve more than 6 hours in a car (we a
re allowed a break to pee), I keep myself entertained by recording my latest CD albums onto cassette and then listening to them on my Walkman. For these reasons, I don’t think I’d be able to survive without my good old Walkman, so I am living proof that these devices are still important in today’s modern world. IN CONCLUSION Walkmans have several advantages over the newer portable audio systems, as with a walkman you can listen to bought music, recorded music, and radio, so if a combination of all of those features is vital to you, as it is to me, then a Walkman is still the best option. Thanks for reading, you can contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Comments welcome Dan
My beloved Panasonic personal hi-fi has just about given up so I have had to buy a new as the makers charge 50 notes for ALL repairs. The reason I wanted to keep it is because it has a graphic equalizer on it, which is vital for lovers of rock music. Lovers of this genre will know that one has to record it off vinyl and CD to make up a collection on tape that will need constant attention of adjusting and volume control. You can’t buy tapes for love and money in the high street these days, let alone decent rock on CD at a reasonable price. All the stuff I like comes from America and starts at 16 quid. A serious rip off. And when you take your portable CD player out for a stroll it hops around all over the shot. When are we going to get a fare deal from the music industry, those CDs cant be still that expensive considering you can get a free internet CD ROM for nothing!. Anyhow, I digress wanted to buy one with a equalizer but everything was super bass buttons or super dooper bass buttons. They all seemed to be designed for dance music and hip-hop fans, well you know my views on that din. Yet again music minorities are not catered for. After a long and annoying trawl through the cartel-controlled chain stores, I settled for the original main man on the block form day one. The Sony Walkman FX277.It does have the obligatory super bass button and no graphic equalizer (If you know of any that do, let me know). It’s stylish to look at, but has a major design fault through its vanity that the radio can be activated by a light touch on the button. So when you put it in your bag or wherever, it seems to switch its self on and burn down the battery. Theres a more solid hold switch that can stop this happening. But that also burns up the battery. It’s a case of vanity over practicality when the Japanese are in pursuit of futuristic style. You load the tapes in from the bland side which you didn’t ex
pect and it takes to AA batteries with a LCD display showing how much of the power is left in the cells. If doesn’t have an adapter pin to run it off the mains which is a little, if very tiny, dissapointing. The radio is excellent though and the FM mono switch gives you a really good sound, especially with the super bass on. AM is MW and does the job. You also have 40 odd presets for stations even though we have no where near that in this radio backward country. Digital tuning also adds to the radios performance and goes beep when you press it. Well you have to have a beep somewhere these days don’t you. This one doesn’t have a flip over switch so you do have to stop what your doing and scramble through your pockets or bag, still trying to look cool with your shades on to change the tape side. By now your sunglasses are in the hedge and your mobile has just bounced off the concrete. After been lost in your tunes and the impending recovery one has to recover their composure and find the B-side to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Even though it has a built in equalizer, the sound quality is excellent. Sadly the trend to have snug fit ear phones that supposedly nest in the inner ear is still running strong. Everyone knows that it just doesn’t work like that and you lose most of the bass and feel of the tone as they constantly crawl around your ear bits. I have been scratching around electrical stores to find my beloved spongeis to make sure the phones fit snug in the lug. Theres the switch that no one here on Earth or the Sony corporation knows what its for. C02 Metal or norm knob has no use except to get you annoyed because its set on the one where you cant hear anything much but a numb hiss. AVLS limit switch looks more series and I intend to leave well alone in case it fires of a laser or triangulates George (completely mad) Bushes Star Wars program over Ipswich. The volume is prett
y good for loud music lovers and the look is excellent along with the cool carry case that’s also thrown in. I also picked it for the anti-roll mechanism that’s essential for runners and strutters. Belt clip for the joggers and power walkers in Hyde Park. At 29.999 with my dooyoo rewards it was well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a stylish, not too flash portable tape player for a reasonable price. A classic name to.
I bought this as my first walkman because all i wanted was a simple box which i could drop a tape into and listen to it on the move. It cost me about £14.00 and I trusted Sony because I know they rule the Walkman world. At first all was good, I could listen to the music within my home. Before i dared go out listening to it I binned the headphones that came with it because a) i'd rather be seen bumming my best friends dad than be seen walking down the street in these, b) i was worried that minor gusts of wind might cause them to break into many sharp fragments which could slit my jugular, and c) the sounds of my trousers moving as I walked would block out the sound of the music altogether. I got some better headphones and enjoyed the slightly below average sound quality while I unwittingly pressed in the reverse button in my pocket constantly. Within 6 months it started playing at diferent speeds depending what mood it was in. This was funny, then mildly comical, followed by annoying and finally suicidally frustrating. As the twelve month guaruntee ran out, it packed in and decided to spin the tape around but keep all the sound to itself, refusing to share the incorrect tempo choons with me. I took to the delightful man at the Sony Shop , who said "Yeah mate, i'll fix that for ya, cost a few squid tho coz yer owld gar-unt -teez runned out" I politley thanked him and instantaneously decided to buy a new and more importantly different walkman. The salesman went to help another customer and I saw he had left his Sony Customer Relations Guidebook on the desk. I glanced at the contents to see a whole chapter dedicated to this walkman. I flipped to the first page about to see this: "Always remember NOT to start laughing at the customer who puschased an EX-162 until he/she has left the store" I'll leave you with this: please don't feed the flames of crappy walkmans and spend a few more pounds on a nic
er Sony model. From 30 quid up they are actually really good!