Sony Japan has said it will cease production of floppy disks next year.
Floppy disks might be as old as the hills but Sony still sold over 12 million of them in Japan last year. Unfortunately, Sony Japan has some bad news for those responsible for last year's sales: Come March 2011, you won't be able to buy any more.
According to the Mainichi Daily News, the last man standing in floppy disk production Friday announced that it would discontinue diskettes over the next 12 months. Sony launched the world's first 3.5-inch floppy disk in 1981 and stopped production in most markets last month. With just Japan and India left, it makes sense for the company to hang on until the 30-year anniversary. It just wouldn't be right to kill it off on its 29th birthday.
What are you using your old floppy disks for these days? I find they're good substitutes for coasters and great for fixing wobbly table legs.