Why did Sony stop using the Discman trademark?
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I thought Sony was proud about owning this title, but suddenly they started putting "Walkman" on their PCDP....
 
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If you look at their website... there are a number of different device formats selling under the walkman brand. It's probably just a corporate/marketing thing.
 
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What's with the man in that title?
My sony CD player (it's vintage, but it's also $10) isn't a man (as far as I know) nor does it walk... or is it a device for a man to walk with? Hell I don't know. It sounds weird from the start.
Same thing with discman...
 
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It's a leftover from the Paleolithic 1980s (or was it the late, late 1970s) ... man


Discman was probably too specific; walkman is kind of generic because it just implies portability. And it sounds less weird than "walkperson"
 
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couldn't they just call it CD player? and like stick adjectives in front?
Oh whatever man.

Guess that's sony for you.
 
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The Walkman name comes from the original model that Sony introduced. Walkman was the rough english translation of the actual japanese product name.

Morita the head of Sony Japan liked it and it stuck. Because the Walkman was so successful they tried applying the -man name to many products including the Discman.

Then about two or three years ago they settled on walkman as being the designation for portable audio with other names underneath. So says an aquaintance of mine that has worked for Sony USA for about 20 plus years

Thus now you have minidisc walkman, S2 walkman and so on.

Other companies like Nintendo (gameboy) have tried to do the same thing.
 
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But in our country, if you say "discman" everybody knows you're talking about a PCDP. By "walkman" we understand the portable cassette player.
 
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But in our country, if you say "discman" everybody knows you're talking about a PCDP. By "walkman" we understand the portable cassette player.


Same with the US, still
 
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