Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sony to Stop Manufacturing Floppy Discs After 30 Years
What? People in this world STILL make 3.5 floppy disks? Apparently so, yet after nearly 30 years, the once dominate 3.5-inch floppy disk is now officially a dinosaur with Sony's recent announcement that it will end production.
Sony gave us the first 3.5-inch floppy disc back in 1981. And believe it or not, even in 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million units in Japan alone.
Not too surprisingly, Sony cites rapidly plunging demand as the reason (demand apparently peaked in 1995 and has shrunk more than 90% since).
Sony has already wrapped up international sales of floppy discs last month, with the exception of India and a few other parts of the world. The company already stopped producing floppy disc drives last September.
Labels: Old Tech