The Walkman turns 30 today, but Sony isn’t exactly celebrating, writes Peter Kafka of All Things Digital. Apart from a special exhibit at Sony’s archive in Tokyo—which seems more like a funeral than a birthday party—Sony’s letting the milestone pass quietly. The device has been badly outsold by the iPod in recent years, and with a restructuring looming, partying probably seemed gauche.
"Sony views the Walkman’s birthday as a lot of middle-aged people view their birthdays," Kafka theorizes, "Markers of bygone eras and missed opportunities." (Read more Sony stories.)