27 Apr 2010

Sony signals end to the floppy disk

7:42 am on 27 April 2010

Sony has signalled what could be the end of the floppy disk.

The electronics giant has said it will stop selling the 30-year-old storage media in Japan from March next year, the BBC reports.

Earlier this year, Sony stopped selling the disks in most international markets due to dwindling demand and competition from other storage formats.

The slow death of the floppy, or diskette, began in 1998 when Apple decided to not include a floppy drive in its G3 iMac computer.

Since then, various other firms have stopped support for floppy disks, including computer giant Dell in 2003.

However, Sony has continued to sell the disks, shipping them in the millions.