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    The Giz Wiz Asks You! > What did the orange (red on some models) do on the original (1989) Sony Cassette Walkman?

    dreamweaver1408@thegizwiz did it have a built-in microphone that you could turn on with the red button?

    mikeknox@thegizwiz If I recall, it muted the sound and let you hear through a microphone on the Walkman.

    Mooflower@thegizwiz Eject?

    michaelortiz00@thegizwiz it caused the lights to change in a diffrent city causing total chaos

    fredfx@thegizwiz I bought mine at J&R. Nobody knew what the hell it was. I loved walking around the city with it on. It was like watching a movie.

    fredfx@thegizwiz It was the "the hot line". When pressed, the button, activated a microphone so you could hear (cont) http://tl.gd/eld7

    jnavarr@thegizwiz an LP record popped out? :)

    vextasy@thegizwiz I recall you had to hold record and play down together in those early cassette machines. But what did that "record" do?

    amrosario@thegizwiz I had the same Walkman. That button turned down the music, like a mute button, I think I remember.

    kenadak@thegizwiz eject?

    Kichigai@thegizwiz Recorded FM radio. Or blanked tapes.

    gigasnap@thegizwiz Red button used to skip to next song.

    Culligan27RT @thegizwiz: I paid $190 4 the 1st Sony Cassette Walkman 30 yrs ago.It had a red "record" type button,but didn't record.Guess what it did?

    mysticganja420@thegizwiz Dick that would be the "Hotline" button wich let 1 user talk to the other over the music if i remember correct 2 could listen

    krmassey@thegizwiz - the hotline button. like the buttons on noise cancelling headphones (ok I cheated - Wikipedia)

    DaveAndrus@thegizwiz Erased the tape?

    deannad@thegizwiz I bet that was "play". Ha!

    martysjr@thegizwiz made it so you could talk to another person...cant remember what they called it.

    tdotrob@thegizwiz The red button caused the Walkman to self destruct after you listened to the mission instructions?

    awolf12@thegizwiz played records??? :)

    IslandSteve@thegizwiz Erase the tape? Make espresso? Call the butler?

    _Mr_M@thegizwiz eject the cassette?

    leftyfb@thegizwiz it played the reverse side of the tape

    powerbook_pete@thegizwiz Ejected the tape?

    mysticganja @thegizwiz Dick that would be the "Hotline" button wich let 1 user talk to the other over the music if i remember correct 2 could listen

    terryh @thegizwiz Erased the Tape.

    August 28, 2009 | Registered CommenterThe Giz Wiz

    It allowed one user to talk to a second using a second set of headphones

    August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteryenomrepap

    It churned butter.

    August 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercasey leftwich

    From what I recall, wasn't it to optimize the Walkman for the more expensive "metal" tapes?

    August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Cyopick

    It was made so E.T. Could phone home?

    August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe real edder30

    Lit up an LED display which stated, "Don't push this button again!" HHG2G

    August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerome J