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4 Storage Formats That Didn’t Survive

We mine the relics of technological evolution

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Betamax 185Let’s start with the obvious one.

Every time a new format competition breaks out (HD DVD vs. Blu-ray, etc.), it gets compared to the VHS vs. Betamax war from the ’70s and ’80s. Betamax was a format developed by Sony (SNE), and enjoyed a lack of competition until JVC came out with VHS in 1976 and started the format war.

The battle raged for more than a decade, with each format offering longer and longer recording times, until Sony finally relented in 1988 by producing its own VHS player.

Of course, that all became irrelevant when DVDs rolled around by the new millennium.

And heck … those barely lasted a decade before Blu-ray came in and threatened to change everything again.

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