Sony Kills Production of Floppy Disks

When was the last time you’ve touched or even seen a floppy disk? Most computers don’t even have a floppy drive, these days. For 41 years the floppy format prevailed, but we are finally seeing the end of it.

Sony has announced it will  put an end to floppy disk production in its home country of Japan. This step marks the end of the floppy era. Floppies are no longer sold in most areas. Sony said it now expects to stop sales of 3.5-inch disks in Japan by March 2011. Developing markets like India continue to sell the disks today, but that probably won’t last long, either.

This step is the result of changes in design philosophy and technology. In 1998, Apple was one of the first computer manufactures to ship machines with no floppy drives. The format has started its declined with the appearance of CDs, external Hard Drives and of course, flash memory and Disk on Key products. Floppies with a memory of 1.44 MB are really of no use to anyone these days, not to mention their notorious tendency to get damaged or become unreadable.

Invented by the American information technology company IBM, floppy disks in 8-inch (203 mm), 5+14 in (133 mm), and 3+12 in (89 mm) formats enjoyed nearly three decades as a popular and ubiquitous form of data storage and exchange, from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s.

Farewell, floppies, and thanks for all the bytes.

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