Sony is discontinuing the production of the floppy disk.
I’ve seen the vast excitement over the arrival of VHS tapes – and the
shrug that accompanied their demise. Plus: Betamax
videocassettes, reels of recording tape, DAT tapes, audio cassettes, eight-track cartridges, and 5.25in floppy disks.
Now, Sony announced this
week, 3.5in floppy disks are set to join the ranks of dead media. —Wendy Grossman
When my parents were considering buying a video camera, we had the choice of VHS or Betamax. I told them to buy Sony’s Beta, which was smaller, and had a better quality. That turned out to be a mistake. VHS soon became the standard, and somewhere in a box we now have unplayable videos of my high school theater productions, and me lip-syncing to Weird Al Yancovic songs.