In 1979, SONY debuted the WALKMAN®, introducing to the world a new way to enjoy high-quality music, anywhere, anytime. To celebrate the WALKMAN 40th anniversary, SONY has opened an exhibition in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The “#009 WALKMAN IN THE PARK 40 years since the day the music walked” exhibition focuses on the people for whom the WALKMAN has been a part of their everyday life. 

For us old enough to not only remember, but also used, the SONY WALKMAN®, this portable cassette player was the “thing” in the 80s. I had a red SONY WALKMAN® which I bought in 1985 or 1986 and I used it till it broke… I really like that SONY celebrate the WALKMAN 40th anniversary. That makes me truly nostalgic and happy. (via Designboom)

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In releasing their new underwater, swimmer-friendly MP3 players, Sony and DraftFCB has come up with The Bottled Waterproof Walkman. Showing the waterproof function of the walkman, Sony packaged its sets immersed in a bottle of water – creating a one of a kind marketing and consumer experience. “This simple packaging innovation gave us a unique way to display the product, which instantly demonstrated its benefit. And transformed the humble vending machine into a conversation starter and a distribution channel. Allowing swimmers to buy the product as easily as they’d buy a bottle of water.”

“It lifts your mood, distracts you from fatigue, and is proven to increase your endurance. It’s no wonder MP3 players have become an essential piece of kit for any fitness fanatic. You can barely step foot in a gym without overhearing somebody’s thrash metal playlist. But amidst the cacophony, there is one bastion of silence that remains. The swimming pool. Swimmers have been left to battle on in solitude, with their thoughts their only company. So when Sony briefed us on the W Series Sports Walkman, their first wearable, wire-free, and waterproof mp3 player, it quickly became clear that swimmers were our ideal target. But the challenge was getting the attention of this niche market. ”

“Mass media? Probably not particularly effective in this case. We needed to get it somewhere swimmers couldn’t ignore it, right where they needed it the most. So we hijacked something they’ll find in every fitness centre the world over – vending machines. In order to do this, we placed the product in bottled water, something else every swimmer needs, and in doing so created the perfect product demonstration.” (via The Dieline)

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