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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: A 1980 Sony Walkman 'Stowaway TPS-L2' is pictured during a press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art on November 2, 2015 in London, England. The gallery will officially open on November 4 and features items including a Hello Kitty! rice cooker, toaster and kettle and the first ever portable Sony Walkman. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Long before the iPod, the Sony Walkman was our ticket to portable music.  Finally, we were free of the turntable or the home cassette deck or the, gulp, 8-track player in the car!  Now we could pop one of those little C-60 cassettes in there and listen to that incredible new album, or our own mixtape, to our heart’s content anywhere we wanted.  At least until the tape was over.

Now, in yet another retro move back to the late 70s/early 80s, Sony announced Friday (9/6) that the Walkman is coming back.

But the only thing similar between this new 40th anniversary model, the NW-A100TPS, and the old school device from ’79 is the name.

This is an electronic masterwork, packing a built-in S-Master HX digital amp for hi-res audio, WiFi compatibility, upwards of 26 hours of battery juice, and a USB-C connector.  Storage space may be the only drawback – only 16gb – but the sound and features are likely to compensate.

With all that power and sound quality, I think my favorite part of the new 40th Anniversary Walkman is how it fools you into thinking there’s a cassette in there!  Check it out:

Sony's cool Walkman trick

The Sony 40th anniversary Walkman

The new 40th Anniversary Walkman hits stores in November.  I’m in!