Sony Announces the Death of the Floppy Disk

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Sony Announces the Death of the Floppy Disk

Fully 12 years after the original G3 iMac dropped support for the 3.5-inch floppy disk, Sony has finally decided to stop making them. The reason is a lack of demand. The surprise is that it took so long.

If you still rely on the massive 1.44MB of space to move files quickly around between far-flung computers, don’t worry: Sony will keep the production lines running until March 2011, giving you a year to stockpile the things. You won’t be alone. Apparently, “lack of demand” is somewhat relative, and Sony sold a jaw-dropping 12 million floppies in Japan during 2009.

Who knew they were still making them?
I can remember buying a new game or program and having to install it from a dozen floppies. Now you’re lucky if they let you have an actual install disk.

There are still a lot of manufacturing tools out there that use Floppies. I know of plenty in semiconductor industry. We are talking multimillion dollor machines here as well.

As it says, the death of the floppy started when Apple took them out of the original iMac (which was my first computer). USB sticks are both more convenient and hold more data, and you can get a fairly large one for under $10.

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