Circa: 1993 

Cassette players had a strong run in the early half of the decade. But unless you were rocking that purple tape till it popped, there wasn't a need to own one. Sony provided an audio upgrade with its advanced line of Discman models, combining AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) technology, Mega Bass audio, and anti-shock protection to produce a better overall listening experience. Nas, Biggie, and Wu-Tang’s debuts never sounded better, especially when riding public transpot.