The Floppy Disk Is Finished

Goodbye floppy disk.  Thanks for the memory.

Sony announced today that it’s ending its sale of floppy disks on the Japanese market in March 2011.  Sony controls 70 percent of the anemic market at this time.

The floppy disk was essential for the transfer of data between computers for a long time, but as time has marched on (which it always does), programs got bigger and required more space.  The floppy was pushed aside as development progressed on the CD, DVD, Zip, and USB drives.  According to CNET.com, “Sony saw its Japanese sales of floppies decline from a record 47 million disks in fiscal 2002 to 12 million in fiscal 2009.”

Most companies have already eliminated their sale of the floppy disk and Sony has eliminated most of its overseas production of the storage media.

Honestly, I’m a tad surprised it took this long.  The floppy disk can only hold 1.44 MB of space and people give away USB drives larger than that for free.  Back when the iMac first came on the scene and eliminated the ability to use floppy disks and then Dell dropped the floppy as part of its standard equipment for its Dimension desktops, we all knew its days were numbered.

Still, it’s sad to see it go.  I remember having to load my games with floppy disks back in the day and all my friends turning their nose up at my iMac because it didn’t have a floppy drive.  Despite it being obsolete now, it was a pretty cool device.