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TPS-L2 Walkman Portable Cassette Player And Headphones

This is a Walkman Portable Cassette Player and Headphones. It was designed by Akio Morita and manufactured by Sony Corporation. We acquired it in 2017. Its medium is molded plastic, aluminum, steel, polyurethane, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Introduced in 1979, the Sony Walkman TPS-L2 was the world’s first portable music player. The design changed music listening habits forever, increasing music’s mobility. The device’s lightweight body and battery life made it popular with those active in the exercise craze of the 1980s and 1990s. The Walkman offered privacy due to the lack of an external speaker, but also encouraged sociability with a second earphone jack that made it possible for two people to share the music experience.

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TPS-L2 Walkman Portable Cassette Player And Headphones; Designed by Akio Morita (Japanese, 1921 - 1999); molded plastic, aluminum, steel, polyurethane, electronic components; 2017-51-4-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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