Sony, according to CNET, has 70% of the 3.5 inch floppy market. They have announced that they are going to end all floppy sales in March of 2011. In 2002 Sony sold 47 million floppy drives in Japan and in 2009 that number dropped to just 12 million.
The 3.5 inch floppy disk made its debut in 1981 replacing the 5.25 inch floppy which made its debut in 1976. Over the years though manufacturers have slowly stopped including the drive on their computers.
Apple was the first to drop the floppy drive in their iMac line which only had a CD-ROM drive. Dell followed the trend in 2003 and introduced a Dimension desktop without the drive. Other manufacturers slowly started following this trend and the floppy has come to be something of the past.
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