In 1998, when the first iMac was introduced, Apple was the first major computer company to ship consumer-grade computers without a floppy disk drive. There was an uproar in 1998 when the floppy drive was not included, but other computer companies soon followed suit. Over a decade later, Sony has announced that it will no longer be producing the outdated media by March 2011.
Macworld is reporting that there were roughly twelve million floppy disks sold last year in Japan, and Sony sold around 70% of them. This move will hopefully force users of legacy hardware to move forward with better technology.