Sony Finally Kills 3.5" Floppy Drive, But Shipped 12 Million In 2009!

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Not long ago, the very last VHS tape was produced. It was the end of an era, for sure. Today, another era is ending, and it's one that we can't believe took this long to finally die. The floppy disc (the 3.5" one, not the ancient 5.25" one) has finally seen its natural end, years and years after they were initially introduced. It's funny to think that 1.44MB on a single disc used to be enough to hold a portfolio's worth of documents, and now some .txt files would even be too large to fit on that tiny sliver of space.

According to a report stemming from Asia, Sony will kill sales of the 3.5" floppy at the end of this fiscal year, and amazingly, the company currently holds a 70% market share of the entire floppy disc market. After March 2011, no more Sony floppies will be produced, and we suspect that it'll be nearly impossible to find them elsewhere.

The reason for the death is obvious: widespread use of large USB Flash drives, not to mention the inexpensive DVD blanks, etc. that are now everywhere. Sony initially started this market back in 1981, and when it dies in March 2011, it will have lived an amazing 20 full years. In today's world of rapid technological advancement, that's an eternity. Shipments peaked in 2002 with 47 million of them being sent out, and somehow, 12 million were shipped in 2009. We can't recall the last time we saw a box of floppy discs on store shelves, so we seriously have no idea where those millions went.



If you, or someone you know, still uses a floppy, more power to them. But you better stock up now, because your window to buy one is closing rapidly.
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I have not had a floppy drive in years. Heck I don't even remember the last time I used a CD/DVD drive. Oh yeah I do. I used it to create a USB stick from my Windows 7 install disk.Stick out tongue

 

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somehow, 12 million were shipped in 2009. We can't recall the last timewe saw a box of floppy discs on store shelves, so we seriously have noidea where those millions went.

My local Walmart has them.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Apr 26 2010 5:08 PM

I always new 3.5" was a fad. REEL-TO-REEL FOREVER!

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Inspector replied on Mon, Apr 26 2010 5:14 PM

Well staples still have them for sale :D, and those 12 million are all in storage :D. I still have a case of them from a few years back laying around my room :D

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la_guy_10 replied on Mon, Apr 26 2010 5:32 PM

I did not know they still made the old floppy. As USB drives and CDR's are so cheap nowadays.

Do modern computers still ship with the floppy disc?

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Lol, I'm guessing the majority of them are going to my university library, those computers are ancient!

 

Sony initially started this market back in 1981, and when it dies in March 2011, it will have lived an amazing 20 full years.

I also like pretending the 80s didn't happen, but surely you mean 30 years...

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 9:18 AM

3vi1:

I always new 3.5" was a fad. REEL-TO-REEL FOREVER!

 

Reminds me of my first Computer job, I created an interface to read an old dbase II database off reel to reel tapes via a serial interface on a desktop PC with DOS 5. Funny thing I haven't done any programming unless you count scripts since then.

 

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realneil replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 9:48 AM

gibbersome:
I also like pretending the 80s didn't happen


Yeah, like me and the late '60s,.........

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gibbersome replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 11:09 AM

Haha Neil, I would have killed to have lived through the 60s!! The drugs, the sex, the music, not to mention all-natural unshaven coeds! Though there was the rampant racism....

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realneil replied on Tue, Apr 27 2010 11:23 AM

It wasn't all good, but it was usually allot of fun. SoCal was hoppin' back then. (in a good way)

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Aww Come on Neil, The Eighties were the best!! The best original movies, the best innovations, the best music, the best Hair, real 8008's! The 70's were the weird times! Unless of course you like things like Xanadu, compared to Predator, Robocop, Aliens, Terminator, BTTF, etc...

I just wish the 90's didn't happen. Instead of bringing down a wall they started making them! I just wish we had that pioneering NASA spirit like we did in the 60's. Dang it we were supposed to be on Mars by the 90's.

I still remember the day when we were anticipating the release of the 3.5, it was amazing tech at the time :) It made the 5'er look lame. Wasn't it around the same time we started to get the home modems, you know the big box we had to hang the phone onto.

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realneil replied on Thu, Apr 29 2010 8:26 AM

animatortom:
The Eighties were the best!

I don't THINK so. The '60's innovations were of a more sociological and cerebral nature. Think, Civil Rights to name just one,..........

There were plenty of technical innovations too. Not the ones you remember though. I bought my first Muntz 4-track tape deck for the car back then. Tiger Paws. Brodie Knobs. Free Love. LSD. the list is endless,.............Peace Brother,.............Wink

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Sorry... I was born at the end of the 60's.
 
Yet, I believe Brodie nobs were around in the 50's as well?  My whole point was that the 70's sucked. the Sixties had many great things going for it! I agree that is where many of our current innovations come from.  We also had better LDS in the eighties thanks to the improvements since the 60's :)
 
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