Sony to Discontinue Selling 3.5 Inch Floppy Disks In Japan

April 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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Many of you might think that the 3.5 floppy disks have been obsolete long before this announcement. A lot have surely benefited from its use during the early days of the personal computer. But as the technology surrounding memory storage grew and progressed, many more suitable alternatives and option came up to take the place of the once popular floppy disk. And Sony just announced that it is finally putting a lid on this chapter by discontinuing sales of the 3.5 inch floppy disks in Japan by 2011.

Sony first introduced the 3.5 inch floppy discs in the market in 1981. It gained popularity as the main mobile storage medium of choice for many PC users then. Sales of the floppy discs in Japan started in 1983. Tens and millions were sold annually during its peak. In 2008, Sony accounted for about 40 percent market share of floppy discs in Japan. But since then, demand for the floppy discs have dwindled with better and more popular portable storage options now available in the market.

The announcement of discontinuing sales of floppy discs by March of 2011 will only apply to the Japanese market. Sony will still continue selling floppy discs on other niche markets such as India where the storage medium still remains in use. Sony have followed other previous major manufacturers of floppy discs who already have left the market due to the dwindling demand. This may signal the end of another once popular technology and make it as just a part of the colorful history of the PC.