Yes, sadly, after 31 years, Sony is discontinuing the iconic Walkman, that paved the way for portable CD players, the iPod, and other portable music devices. If you grew up in the ’80s (and maybe the early ’90s), you probably made and/or received a mix tape at one time. As someone on the BBC observed today, making a mix tape for someone could be an emotional experience – you only had 45 minutes per side to fit in the right songs, so they all had to count! Alas, it is the end of an era. I’m listening to ’80s music today in honor (beginning with Styx’ Mr. Roboto which somehow seemed appropriate).