How to turn your iPhone into a walkman, Guardians of the Galaxy-style!

Guardians of the Galaxy is tearing up the box office thanks to its mix of outrageous comedy and action, and it's mix-tape of old-school music played on an old-school walkman. The look and feeling is retro, it's classic, and best of all, it's something you can emulate on your iPhone!

Ultra-Case Walkman case for iPhone

The first step is to get your iPhone looking like a classic walkman. Since Sony, tragically, doesn't offer official Walkman brand cases for the iPhone, the best we can do is something that pays homage to the look as best it can.

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Sound LAB Retro Sony Walkman Style Headphones

They're retro. They're foam. And they're orange. Ooga chaka indeed! Sadly I could only find these available in the U.K. but they're so cheap maybe shipping won't matter no matter where you are? According to the site, the earpads have a diameter of 4cm and a fully adjustable 30cm headband.


Once you've got your iPhone looking like a Walkman, the next step is to make iOS look like a cassette tape. Luckily, in an App Store with a million apps, there are more than a few cassette-themed music player options to choose from. AirCasette is one of them and offers both the base cassette look, and a one-time an in-app purchase for additional cassette looks.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol 1

Of course, what good is looking like an old-school Walkman if you don't have the old-school jams to go with it? Get Hooked on a Feeling, Go All the Way, Spirit in the Sky, Moonage Daydream, Fooled Around and Fell in Love, I'm Not in Love, I Want You Back, Come and Get Your Love, Cherry Bomb, Escape, O-O-H- Child, and Ain't No Mountain High Enough, all in one awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Mix


Now you can rock out to your iPhone, guard the galaxy, and look incredibly cool while doing it. What else is there to say?


Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.