I didn't even know there were still making these things:
Goodbye Walkman, thanks for the iPod | Apple - CNET News
Sony has announced it will retire the Walkman tape player in Japan, marking the sad end of one of the most successful consumer gadgets of all time.
I had quite a few Walkmans (Walkmen?) when I was growing up. My favorite was my splash-proof yellow one, complete with hand grip! People now take it for granted that you can access a ton of your music whenever you want, but back then, it was such a great new concept.
My Walkman really helped me through my parent's divorce. I wanted to be alone and walking was how I spent most of my time. I walked so much during that time and remember two albums in particular that helped me through a tough time: Steve Perry's "Street Talk" and Prince's "Purple Rain".