Sony Delivers Floppy Disk's Last Rites

A Japanese newspaper has revealed this week that the days of the 3.5 inch floppy disk are now officially numbered.

According to the Mainichi Daily newspaper, Sony announced on Friday that it would cease the production of the old-style storage medium in March next year.

Sony originally pioneered the disk in 198, as a replacement to its 5.25-inch predecessor. The disk was a necessary and popular tool for storing and transferring data files between computers for nearly three decades.

However, as the size of programs grew, CDs, DVDs, USBs and zip files overtook the floppy disk as a more inexpensive and spacious storage device.Sony saw the sales of floppies in Japan decrease from a record 47 million disks in 2002 to 12 million in 2009.

Most other manufacturers of floppies have long ceased the creation of the disk, and Sony itself has already stopped the manufacturing of the device for most of their overseas markets.

Apple was the first computer manufacturer to eliminate the floppy disk drive completely with the release of the iMac in 1998 and since then the disk has been well and truly on the decline.

However, the announcement made by Sony on Friday, absolutely marks the final nail in the coffin of the floppy disk.

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