How kids react to the portable cassette player

waggy

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yeah that has to be fake. i understand kids not knowing what a casset is or a walkman. but just pushing randomly on it. not even the buttons but just on it? then not knowing about the headphones?
 

Kaido

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yeah that has to be fake. i understand kids not knowing what a casset is or a walkman. but just pushing randomly on it. not even the buttons but just on it? then not knowing about the headphones?

Remember, everything is a touchscreen these days. There are no physical eject buttons on anything anymore. A lot of kids grow up with Roku or AppleTV players, iPod Touches or Androids, and earbuds. Not many kids have jumbo headphones.

Kinda makes me sick to my stomach :D
 

mmntech

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I agree. Kids of any reasonable intelligence level would have figured it out.

This. If a three year old can figure out an iPad, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out a cassette player.

I still have my unnecessarily giant Panasonic ShockWave. I have no idea why I ever needed a ruggadized walkman. Guess I thought it looked cool but it was a pain to carry around.
 

John Connor

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I had my cassette player up untill 1999. Did they even have MP3 players back then? I did have a CD player too!
 

mmntech

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Diamond Rio PMP300 in September of 1998.:D In other words, it has been 15 years since the MP3 player was introduced.

Could hold half an hour of 128kb/s MP3 goodness.

I'd actually argue that the MiniDisc Walkman was the first true digital media player. Those came out in 1992. Never really caught on though outside professional use.

My first MP3 player was a Creative Zen Nano. Held an astounding 512mb of songs.
 

cronos

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Fake/staged/scripted/etc.

Speaking of which, maybe I should try this on my own 9 y/o and film his reaction. I know I talked to him about cassette tapes before but I don't think he's actually seen a walkman before.
 

Raduque

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they do have heapdphones but a lot of mp3 players, phones, tablets, etc have external speakers.

Yep, and they default to speakers, so most of those kids would expect to hear the music as soon as they hit play.
 

SlitheryDee

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When the walkman first came out people had no trouble figuring out how to make it work. All the buttons are labeled. In fact, the symbols used in smartphone media players to indicate "play", "rewind", "fast-forward", etc. intentionally mimic that of cassette and later dvd players. There's no reason a child shouldn't be able to figure it out quickly.
 

ImpulsE69

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When the walkman first came out people had no trouble figuring out how to make it work. All the buttons are labeled. In fact, the symbols used in smartphone media players to indicate "play", "rewind", "fast-forward", etc. intentionally mimic that of cassette and later dvd players. There's no reason a child shouldn't be able to figure it out quickly.

Or our education system is worse than we imagined.. :D
 
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funny a few years ago my nephew didn't know how to open the window in my old car. No power windows, crank only he figured it out without help in about a minute
 

Uppsala9496

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A few weeks ago I was cleaning out an old box of miscellaneous junk at my parents house and discovered my old sony walkman in it. My 6 year old daughter figured it out in seconds. She knows what the play button symbol looks like. She knows what buttons do. Not hard to figure out past that.
I think the cassette was Def Leppard.
She didn't like it.
 

RelaxTheMind

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a lot of you have probably never met a kid of this generation lately. my fiances mom is a 1st/2nd grade teacher...

the stories they have...
 

GagHalfrunt

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Remember, everything is a touchscreen these days. There are no physical eject buttons on anything anymore. A lot of kids grow up with Roku or AppleTV players, iPod Touches or Androids, and earbuds. Not many kids have jumbo headphones.

Kinda makes me sick to my stomach :D

No, everything is not touchscreen. Kids understand buttons, even if they don't understand the function of a series of buttons they damn well would know to press them to see what happens.
 

natto fire

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Could hold half an hour of 128kb/s MP3 goodness.

I'd actually argue that the MiniDisc Walkman was the first true digital media player. Those came out in 1992. Never really caught on though outside professional use.

My first MP3 player was a Creative Zen Nano. Held an astounding 512mb of songs.

Poor Sony, always ahead of the curve and forgetting that many consumers have quality very low on their list of priorities when buying electronics.

I remember my Creative Rio (256MB) that was a gift from my uncle as my first MP3 player. They already had 1GB models at the time, but it did have an SD slot which I used to keep it going for a couple years. I ended up getting a Sansa M240 to replace it. Much better interface, and file transfers were much easier.
 

tcG

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To the people saying it is scripted... what exactly do you mean? Do you think somebody actually sat down with these kids and said "Okay, we know you know this is a cassette player, but we want you to act like you don't know what it is or how to operate it." Not likely. At most, these kids are playing to expectation, playing up their ignorance of old technology a bit in order to get a reaction. Not exactly a fun or original way to live your life, but I think this implicit sort of acting is what's going on here.