In the midst of an added nail hammered into the coffin, the honored and admired floppy diskette prolong its creeping however, inevitably ends as Sony proclaims that the company will no longer put up for sale the 28 year old digital storage Product in Japan.
In view of the fact that in the year 2002, they sold around 47million units, and then Sony’s floppy diskette business declined steadily and gradually. Japan is the only market left where Sony is still selling the floppy disks. Roughly, the sold accounts for all sales are around 70%. Although, the company is still planning to sell around 3.5inchers till March 2011 domestically.
Sony has been implicated with numerous digital storage devices over the past years, however, only some have been as steady as the floppy disk. IBM created the first floppy disk, which was 8inches wide. Several iterations of the disk followed as different companies came up with faster and smaller devices and designs. Being one of those companies, Sony launched a 90mm diskette in the year 1982, but it in no way, took off the 5.25-inch floppies, as they were also determinedly ingrained within the industry. Regardless of the perceptible failure of Sony’s form feature, a group of companies used it as the foundation and a starting point for what would turn out to be the 3.5 inch floppy, ultimately finishing the “five and quarter’s” point of influence.
With each passing day, consumers’ needs are requirements are becoming more and more complex, the capacities are increasing, and the floppy drives are simply unable to meet the demands. Regardless of this critical inefficiency and shortfall, as the needs of the consumers became more difficult, the need for sotrage space increased and the floppy disks were simply unable to meet that requiremnet. Despite this crucial inadequacy, many technologies, which aimed to displace the aging means such as recordable CDs, Super Disks, and Zip disks, failed to restore it alone.
Ultimately, it took the ubiquitous acceptance of USB flash drives, which are to dole out as the demise knell for ordinary floppy use. Conversely, with more 12 million disks sold in the year 2009 only by Sony, it would appear as the floppy disks may be still in demand for some time come.