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Jul 1, 2009

10 Milestones we crossed in Portable Music

On the 30th anniversary of the debut of Sony's original Walkman, we look back on the most memorable moments in the portable music revolution.

1. Stereobelt

2. Walkman TPS-L2

3. Discman D50

4. MiniDisc

5. MPMan F10

6. Apple iPod 1st Gen.

7. Samsung Upraor

8. Archos Jukebox Multimedia

9. Apple iPhone 1st Gen

10. iTunes App Store

Thirty years ago, back when disco was king, Sony introduced the world to the Walkman, and the concept of portable music as we now know it was born. As we await the latest iteration of the Walkman brand, the slick and loaded touchscreen X Series, it seems like the perfect time to look back to see just how the portable music device has evolved.

Way before the ubiquitous iPod or any other MP3 player, Sony had the world hooked on cassette players that you could take jogging with you. Back when that first Walkman emerged in 1979, taking your music to-go was a novel concept, but today you can't walk a city block without seeing dozens of people piping their own personal soundtrack through a pair of earbuds.

In celebration of its three decades of evolution, check out our slideshow for a look back at some of portable music's most important milestones.

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