KIDS REACT TO WALKMANS (Portable Cassette Players)


Kids react to technology! This episode: Walkmans! (Producer) We’re mixing it
up on you again. Okay. -(Producer) You’re not watching a video
-Oh no. -I’m so scared!
-(Producer) You’re reacting to…this! Oh, a phone! Oh. What is this thing? I already have no idea what it is. What is this?! I don’t get what it is. What do I do? Press play? I don’t know what it does! Question Time! (Producer) So, do you know
what that is used for? Walkie talkie? (beep) Speaking into it? (beep) Music? A boombox? (beep) Wait, wait, wait. It’s a cassette player, right? (bing) (Producer) It actually is a device
that plays music. Ohhhh. Ohhh! So maybe we’ll play music today? Oh, here! Radio AM/FM.
Stop, play. Okay. What’re you talking about?! You gotta be kidding me. (Producer) But how does it work? You gotta find “on”. Oh, wait, I see! Wait…what? Uh, where is the,
where is the, where is the… (laughs) I feel so judged right now! What the? (gasps) I did it! (Producer) I don’t hear any music. I don’t know what to do now. You open it, put the cassette inside,
close it, and then you press play! (Producer) You actually need
something else to get it to work. Aw, come on.
That’s cheap! Really guys? -A cassette?
-(Producer) Yes! Yes. -(Producer) You actually need a cassette.
-A what? -(Producer) Do you know what a cassette is?
-No. No. No. (Producer) So we have a cassette. I’ve never seen this. Ohhhh! Ooooh! Are these in the movies? (Producer) So now how does it work? How do you do this?! I…know I have to open it. Nope. How do you put it in?! I am not going to give up! I’m a survivor! Okay, I give up. Do you open the front? Yes! Yes. You know what? I feel like I’m Indiana Jones
or something. (Producer) So right here, on either side,
you grab on either side and whoop! WHAT?! (Producer) And now you do it. Oh, that was simple. You guys could’ve told me earlier. Which way does it go? Now which way does it go? Ugh! This is so hard. (Producer) Push it all the way in! That’s what happens. (Producer) What do you need? You, uh, need… I’m not sure what you need. (Producer) How do you hear the music? (laughs) I don’t know! Do I need to turn up the volume? (Producer) On these devices, you need
headphones or you can’t hear anything. Ooh. I think that’s kind of strange. This is horrible. That’s the worst thing! Aw, this is a rip off because
you want to listen, but you can’t because you
don’t have any headphones. Hand over the headphones. (laughs) (Producer) So we have
some headphones for you. Oh, my grandpa has these! I used to have a pair of these! Oh my god! I’m such a 90s kid,
but I wasn’t born in the 90s. It works! It’s working! I feel so accomplished. What song is this? It better be good. Um… Was this old time music? -(music blares)
-AAAAH! (Producer) What do you
think of the process? This thing takes forever! Too complicated. I feel so lazy saying this. You have to actually do stuff. This… slimming, isn’t it? You need headphones
just to listen to music?! Did you know how messed up that is?! Actually, it wouldn’t take
so long because on an iPad, you have to go into
the internet, find Pandora. You have to click that thing! You have to make it play, you know? (Producer) If you have 20 songs
and you wanted to go to song number six,
how would you do that? You’d have to hit
the “next” thing, right? No? The back button and the start button? Rewind until it feels about right. Play it. It’s not there. Okay, keep going! Keep going. (Producer) You’d have to hit fast forward, wait for it to go past all the other songs. So you’d have to guess
and stop it and listen and be like, “Nope, still not the song.” Whoaa! Oh my gosh!
I would not want to do that. I could not imagine living
in your guys’ days with this. (Producer) So today you could fit
thousands of songs on a phone, but on a cassette, you could
only fit up to about 30 songs. I feel bad for the people
who lived in the 90s. I really do! Oh my gosh! (Producer) What’re you
thinking about now? I’m thinking about how many
tapes you would need! (Producer) So this is called
a portable cassette player. When this came out in the 1980s,
it was the biggest thing! Does that surprise you? Yes. No, because it’s just like having
a computer or iPhone. This amazes me,
how technology has changed. I could just imagine you guys
as 13 year olds, just like, “Thug life represent!” OMG! Do you have a cassette?! And a portable music player? AAH! OMG. I have one too. In the 1980s, it was like, “Whoa! Something that can play
music and I can carry it around if I have a large pocket!” (Producer) When these were
brand new, they cost $200. No! Why? This seems like a bit of an outrage! For this thing? I would actually pay for it. It’s nice! -That’s not a lot. (Producer) Not a lot? An iPad costs $700. (Producer) When they came out, it was pretty much the first time
music was something– -Was invented!
-(Producer) No! No, not invented. (laughs) (Producer) It was the first time
music was easily portable. So people would go
running even with this. With these things on? You can’t run with this! You’d always be like this by the end. (panting) Whew! This is really heavy! I’d be like, “Ugh! Oh my god!” What if it falls out? Oh no! My $200 a waste! (Producer) So now that you’ve
learned all about this old technology,
what do you prefer? The technology of today
for music, or this? Technology of today. Easy question. I prefer technology up-to-date. This is a lot better because you
won’t break your phone. -I’d take this in a heartbeat! No.
-(Producer laughs) I’d want my phone! My iPhone! This is so hard and complicated! -My technology.
-(Producer laughs) Thanks for watching
another episode of Kids React! Let us know in the comments
what yucky old stuff we have to react to next! If you used to have one of these,
how would you ever live with this thing?! This thing is so boring! Wish me luck, guys! I’m going on a run.

100 thoughts on “KIDS REACT TO WALKMANS (Portable Cassette Players)”

  1. I had a Sony Walkman back in the day and I LOVED it.  That old thing was one well made piece of tech.  I did all kinds of things to it, dropped so much the door had to be duct taped back on, left it outside one summer when I lost it, then found it again and it still worked.  Fantastic.

  2. if an ipad costs $700 today, and today $1 is the equivalent to $3.26 back then, so $700 today would $214 back then

  3. @ 6:22 do you even see the clip on the back? are you blind? please note I never even had one of these either. just saying.

  4. I had one of these when I was young 7-8 years old because let's face it… my family wasn't rich at all back then and cd players were too expensives, now I'm 22 years old and I still kinda like vintage technologies, I do have couple of cassettes with an old panasonic cassete/cd stereo portable radio…good old times^^

  5. I'm 17 and j don't even know any more than they do, I didn't even know what that thing was until I watched this

  6. Okay maybe it is just these kids because I know a 10 and 13 year old and know how to do it and what it is for.

  7. When i was 5 i knew what this was And i was born in 2002 xD
    Well not a walkmans but i knew how to work a cassete player :/

  8. Kids these days don't appreciate olden technology, SOMETHING THAT BUILT UP THE TECHNOLOGY TODAY ;-;

  9. I'm 13 and when I was 2 years old and this was even before I knew how to walk and talk I Knew dont do your chores a cassette tape was.

  10. I used to have a walkman but it broke.. but there's my sister's one.. in a drawer full of cassette's… And i still have a perfectly working discman that i still use sometimes 🙂

  11. "im such a 90's kid even tho i was born in the 90's" he says that but he didnt know how to use a cassette player….

  12. I asked my school about listening to music, electronic MP3s aren't allowed, so I asked them about walk-mans, they said it was okay. So I am saving up.

  13. Strangely enough, I was still listening to my Walkman back in 2007. Then I bought an iPod Touch. Now that was a leap in quality. But, I still have it an occasionally listen to my old mixtapes. The good-ole days.

  14. Oh, the first portable music player I had was a 512 MB cheap-o MP3 player, did the job, also played WMA (Windows Media Audio) but I lost it or gave it away some time ago… Now I have my Samsung Note 2 (disconnected though) for music, or my ZTE N860 warp (also disconnected) for music

  15. "This is strange to need headphones to listen to it" It's not strange at all. The fact that they think it's weird to need headphones it's not because the iPod that's the smallest also needs headphones to listen to.

  16. I was born in 2000 and knew how to operate this kind of stuff when I was 5..aha good show..jolly good show

  17. but most of the time your out or doing somnething, your going to use your headphones anyway. it wasnt that hard to do. its like working mp3 player or an ipod.

  18. THAT WHY YOU KIDDO have some respect we have gone through the tough day. when we actually have to do STUFF yep

  19. I'm 13 I know how these work I never had one but commen sense it works like a CD player even though those don't exist all that much

  20. I had a cd walkman as a kid but i remember my older sister having a tape walkman. I was born in 1999 and she was born in 1995

  21. My dads cousin when he was 13 he escaped from a house beacuse his parents didn't want to buy him a walkman.

  22. "An iPad costs $700"… Guess he isn't familiar with the concept of inflation. $200 in the 80s adjusted for inflation is about $600.

  23. We've come full circle. The kids off today can't handle the technology of the past, and the elders of today can't handle today's current technology.

  24. I recored the walkman player using the AM and FM radio. When using the Radio stations, like Rádio Globo Rio de Janerio 1220 Khz and get to play Flamengo FC

  25. When I got my first in about 1988 I could open and put in the cassette without asking or reading the manual… – What's up with the kids of today? :O

  26. Ok I was born in 2004, this is a list of all the things I knew
    Commodore 64: I knew at 6 years old
    Gameboy: when I was 5
    VCR: when I was 2
    Walkmans: when I was 7
    Typewriter: when I was 6
    So stop complaining about kids these days, every generation gets more modern and you need to learn to accept that instead of being tantrum throwing immature little babies and crying about it. Sometime in life is gonna be different and its not our fault. Half these kids are more mature than you 20 year old children.

  27. This is all a act. There is no way they can't figure out how to turn one on. I handed my old cassette player to my cousin who is 9 and he figured it out right away. Everyone knows what the play symbol means. 

    These aren't true reactions.

  28. In all fairness, it has been 20 years or so since I have used one so it would take me a minute to figure it out too.

  29. I bet they didnt know about the batteries..and how we used to hammer it just to revive a few minutes of cassete playing..try it with your smartphone batteries..

  30. I'm only 12, but I think old technology is so cool. Without it, there would be no iPhones, iPads, laptops, or anything like that. All of these things like cassette tapes started all of this. I think more people need to appreciate things like this. I'm not hating, I'm just saying people need to appreciate this.

  31. All that fast forwarding and rewinding, along with the endless need for AA batteries. How I don't miss those days.

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