I am not sure what others look at the Walkman as, but I too have very personal memories attached with the one I bought about a decade ago.
Without mincing any words, I think my Walkman, along with the racks full of cassette I have at home, taught me most of what I know about life. It was the best gift ever and I still have it preserved in my little red treasure box.
Hence, with this discontinuation of the Walkman line, it feels as if I am losing a friend, a teacher and a philosopher all at once. Even though its time may have come, I would give it a standing ovation with a sad but grateful heart as the curtains draw to a close.