Mr. Pop History – And so, we say goodbye to new cassette Walkman’s as Sony announces no more will be made.
Some of you thought it went away quite a while ago.
Make no mistake – The cassette “Walkman” – was the first of its kind and like any other successful product, spawned imitators and began a whole new genre of “taking music with you.” Up until 1979 – it was never that close and personal. As the cassette created a new format for tape, “Walkman” created a new format for cassettes. It was really cool to dub a record album to cassette – then listen to it on the run, on the walk or whatever.
Before the iPod, there was the Sony Walkman. It set the trend of taking it with you – your way – much like smart phones are doing today.
Gary West – www.mrpophistory.com mrpopculture.com
Ashton Kutcher is President of of Pop Culture (which means he was hired by popchips and this is their new ad campaign). He needs a V/P. Any votes for Mr. Pop Culture and his 3,000 week-by-week library?
From Asheene K – Our local “Eyewitness News” in Los Angeles features “Dancing With The Stars” updates on its morning and evening newscasts. As a story. All the time. Everyday. Why?
Mr. Pop History – Who knows? It’s not news, but a concise plug for the show. Why this show? I have no idea, but someone, somewhere wants it on the news. Makes you wonder and it must tick-off the producers of other ABC-TV shows. This one is getting quite a ride – and in the news, no less.
200% to 300% more gas mileage from a car? It’s possible. It’s being done. The story is amazing. Developing…
Cover of the Rolling Stone – Is President Obama and his music. We get a glimpse inside his iPod. Should be interesting.
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Although No One Is Saying It, Or Wants To Talk About It – Michael Douglas’ Days Are Numbered. So Say His Odds …
Battling stage-four throat cancer with rigorous chemotherapy and radiation, Michael Douglas appears on Letterman. He talked about his disease in a very candid interview on “Late Night.” Appearing gaunt, but healthy under the circumstances, the 65-year-old movie star was upbeat during his “Late Show” appearance. Letterman told Douglas he’d “never looked better.” Unfortunately – Michael is going to need a lot of luck. Stage 4 cancer is often a kiss of death. The appearance reminds Mr. Pop of the late Michael Landon – and his final appearance on Johnny Carson’s show. He too, had stage four cancer at the time.
Paris Hilton was banned Wednesday from two Wynn resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and her boyfriend was dismissed as a nightclub partner following their arrests in a vehicle that police said reeked of marijuana. Cy Waits was “separated” from his job after less than a week as top managing partner of the Tryst Nightclub at Wynn and XS The Nightclub at Encore.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a revamped Apple TV device, a new iPod line, an iTunes social network and updates to the operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad at Apple’s highly anticipated product launch event. Three new iPods were announced: an iPod Shuffle that ditches the previous no-button style in returning to a more classic look; a smaller iPod Nano that now has a touch screen but can no longer play video; and a thinner iPod Touch that has most of the features first introduced on the iPhone 4. The new iPods will be available next week. • Apple announced iTunes 10, available immediately, which comes with a new logo and a social music service called Ping that lets you see what your friends are listening to and make comments and recommendations.
Latest James Bond film suspends production - Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely,” producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a joint statement. “We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23.” MGM has been on the brink of bankruptcy as it works with creditors to find a new owner.
Goldman Sachs reaffirmed its leadership among Wall Street banks as it reported its first-quarter profits doubled. But the news was overshadowed by the investment bank’s growing legal problems. As Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executives held conference calls with banking industry analysts and reporters Tuesday, the questions focused more on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s civil fraud charges against the company rather than its $3.3 billion earnings.
Apple Explodes - The company sold almost 11 million iPods last quarter and doubled its iPhone sales from this time last year, selling a record 8.8 million smartphones during the quarter ended March 27. Those sales helped Apple report a profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $13.5 billion, blowing past Wall Street’s expectations.