Sony to stop selling floppy disks in March 2011

iMacDeals - FREE Shipping“Sony has signalled what could be the final end of the venerable floppy disk,’ BBC News reports. “The electronics giant has said it will stop selling the 30-year-old storage media in Japan from March 2011.”

“The slow death of the ‘floppy’ or ‘diskette’ began in 1998 when Apple decided to not include a floppy drive in its G3 iMac computer,” The Beeb reports “Since then various other firms have stopped support for floppy disks, including computer giant Dell in 2003. Computing store PC World stopped selling them in 2007.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The also-rans follow years later. As usual.

The Beeb reports, “Sony has decided to halt sales completely faced with competition from online storage and portable USB drives.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What’s a floppy disk? wink

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jon B.” for the heads up.]

52 Comments

  1. I still think Apple dumping the floppy in ’98, when the iMac still didn’t have a CD-burner, USB drives were very expensive, and few people had broadband, was premature. It did create an inconvenience for a number of people. By 2001-2, it made much more sense. And don’t get me started on Zip or Jaz disks…those things failed constantly!!

  2. Old School. Hmm seems to me I recall using 8 inch floppies for our Optics/Video computers back in 1984. That and DecPak Removable Platter hard drives for our PDP/1145’s.

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