Retro: Trade your iPod for a Walkman

This fat kid, who looks like the annoying kid from Two and a Half Men, wrote about the experience of trading his iPod for a mysterious antique: The Walkman

Some of his best comments:

  • When I wore it walking down the street or going into shops, I got strange looks, a mixture of surprise and curiosity, that made me a little embarrassed.
  • 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 equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.
  • I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down “rewind” and releasing it randomly – effective, if a little laboured.
  • When playing, it is clearly evident that the music sounds significantly different than when played on an MP3 player, mainly because of the hissy backtrack and odd warbly noises on the Walkman.
  • It’s a total coincidence that Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the first tape I remember hearing on my faux-Walkman, likely some knockoff from Caldor. I could never afford a real Walkman. And I thought the one I had was the greatest thing in the world.

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