Formats by Decade of Obsolescence

This is a list of all the formats currently in the collection, sorted by the decade in which they could be considered to have become obsolete.

Dates are approximate and refer to availability in the UK or Europe where known, otherwise for US or elsewhere.

ambrotype1880s

Ambrotype (early 1850s – 1880s)

1900s

Carte de visite (1854 – 1900s)

Brown wax cylinder (late 1880s to 1906)

Sterling Record (1904 – 1908)

1910s

Gold-Moulded Records (1902 – 1912)

Amberol Records (1908 – 1912)

Pathé cylinder (1894 – 1914)

Indestructable record (with packaging)1920s

Stereoview (1850s – 1920s)

Kiddyphone record (1920s)

Cabinet card (1863 -early 1920s)

Indestructible Record (1907 – 1922)

Pygmy Gramophone (1923 – 1925)

The Bell records (1921 – 1926)

Little Marvel (1921 – 1928)

Edison Disc Record / Diamond Disc (1912 – 1929)

Blue Amberol Records (1912 – 1929)

Organ cobs (late 1880s – late 1920s)

8-inch 78rpm (sleeve)1930s

Tintype (1850s – 1930s)

Victory records (1928 – 1931)

Pathé vertical-cut disc record (1905 – 1932)

Filmophone Flexible Record (1930 – 1932)

Durium record (1932 – 1933)

Broadcast Twelve (1928 – 1934)

8-inch 78rpm record (late 1920s – mid 1930s)

Kid Kord (1930s)

Crown records (1935 – 1937)

1940s

Voice Record (1930s – early 1940s)

Magic lantern (17th century – 1940s)

V-Disc (1943 – 1949)

1950s

Graphophone / Dictaphone cylinder (1887 – early 1950s)

Ediphone (1888 – early 1950s)

Soundmirror (1948 – 1954)

12-inch 78 rpm record (1903 – mid 1950s)

Recordon (1948 – mid 1950s)

Record album (late 1900s – 1950s)

Pye magnetic disc (1953 – late 1950s)

Highway Hi-Fi (1956 – 1959)

Tefifon (detail)1960s

10-inch 78 rpm record (1901 – 1960)

9.5mm film (1922 – 1960)

Mohawk Midgetape (1955 – early 1960s)

Dictaphone Dictet (1957 – early 1960s)

Philips EL 3581 (1958 – early 1960s)

Wire recording (1898 – 1960s)

Voice-O-Graph (1940 – 1960s)

SoundScriber (1942 – 1960s)

Voicewriter (late 1940s – 1960s)

Tefifon (1950 – 1960s)

Seeburg Background Music Library (1954 – 1960s)

Vistascreen (1955 – 1960s)

RCA Sound Tape Cartridge (1958 – 1964)

Gala Goldentone (1960 – 1964)

Minifon wire reel (1951 – 1967)

Americom 8mm Home Movies (1965 – late 1960s)

Scotch One Five Special (1960s)

EMI Voice Letter (1960s)

Mail Call Letterpack (late 1960s)

Hip Pocket Record (1967 – 1969)

ColecoTelstar Arcade (front)1970s

Gramophone postcard (1903 – 1970s)

127 film (1912 – 1970s)

Grundig Stenorette (1954 – 1970s)

Ampex 2-inch helical scan video tape (1961 – 1970)

Grundig EN3 (1964 – 1970s)

Technicolor Sound Movie Cartridge (1968 – 1970s)

Kalavox sound slide (1970s)

16⅔ rpm LP (Long Play) 12 inch record (early 1950 – early 1970s)

Philips EL 3583 (1963 – early 1970s)

Echo-matic II (1962 – early 1970s)

Sony EV 1-inch open reel video tape (1964 – early 1970s)

4-track (Stereo-Pak) (1962 – 1970)

PlayTape (1966 – 1970)

Magnabelt (1961 – 1972)

Cartrivision (1972 – 1973)

Memocord (1965 – mid 1970s)

Quadraphonic open reel tape (Q4) (1969 – mid 1970s)

Little LP (1961 – 1975)

EV Stereo-4 (1970 – 1975)

Magnavox Odyssey (1972 – 1975)

Audograph (1946 – 1976)

VX (1975 – 1977)

Quadraphonic 8-Track (Q8) (1970 – 1978)

Quadraphonic Sound (QS) (1972 – 1978)

Television Electronic Disc (TeD) (1975 – 1978)

Coleco Telstar Arcade (1977 – 1978)

SQ Quadraphonic (1971 – 1979)

CD-4 (Compatible Discrete 4) / Quadradisc (1972 – 1979)

Polaroid Polavision (1977 – 1979)

RCA Studio II (1977 – 1979)

Video Cassette Recording (VCR) (1972 – 1979)

Super Video Recording (SVR) (1979)

Akai ¼-inch open reel video tape (1969 – late 1970s)

Dynaflex (1971 – late 1970s)

EIAJ-2 (1972 – late 1970s)

V-Cord (1972 – late 1970s)

Video 2000 (front with packaging)1980s

Dictabelt (1947 – 1980)

Elcaset (1976 – 1980)

Punched tape (1846 – 1980s)

Punched card (1890 – 1980s)

Electrical Transcription Disc (late 1920s – 1980s)

Cardboard record (1940s – 1980s)

10-inch LP (1948 – 1980s)

¼-inch open reel tape (1949 – 1980s)

Filmstrip (1940s – 1980s)

SoundScriber tape (1950s – 1980s)

Rediffusion Reditune (1960s – 1980s)

Philips Background Music Services cartridge (1970s – 1980s)

1-inch Type B (1975 – 1980s)

1+1 music cassette (early 1980s)

5-inch picture disc single (1980s)

DECtape (1964 – 1980s)

Show’N Tell (1964 – 1980s)

Tape-slide set (1960s – 1980s)

EIAJ-1 ½-inch open reel video tape (1969 – early 1980s)

Compact Cassette Type III (Ferro-chrome) (mid 1970s – early 1980s)

8-inch floppy disk (1971 – early 1980s)

Polaroid SX-70 film (1972 – early 1980s)

DC100 (1975 – early 1980s)

Olivetti minidisc (1977 – early 1980s)

DECtape II (1978 – early 1980s)

Acetronic MPU-1000 (1979 – early 1980s)

Voltmace / Videomaster Database Games-Computer (1978 – early 1980s)

Rowtron / Teleng T.C.S (1979 – early 1980s)

Milton Bradley Omni (1980 – early 1980s)

LEO tape (1958 – 1981)

Talking View-Master (1970 – 1981)

Milton Bradley Microvision (1979 – 1981)

dbx disc (1979 – 1982)

Bally Astrocade (1978 – 1983)

Interton VC 4000 (1978 – 1983)

Texas Instruments TI-99/4 / TI-99/4A (1979 – 1983)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum ROM cartridge (1983)

Fairchild Channel F / Channel F System II (1976 – 1984)

Philips Videopac / Magnavox Odyssey² (1978 – 1984)

Epoch Cassette Vision (1981 – 1984)

Dragon 32 (1982 – 1984)

Emerson Arcadia 2001 (1982 – 1984)

ColecoVision (1982 – 1984)

Atari 5200 SuperSystem (1982 – 1984)

Apple FileWare / Twiggy disk (1983 – 1984)

GCE / Milton Bradley Vectrex (1983 – 1984)

5.25-inch ‘flippy’ disk (1976 – mid 1980s)

Floppy ROM (1977 – mid 1980s)

Compact Video Cassette (CVC) (1980 – mid 1980s)

Metal tape Microcassette (1981 – mid-1980s)

HP 82176A Mini Data Cassette (1982 – mid 1980s)

Yamaha Playcard (1982 – mid 1980s)

3.25-inch floppy disk (1983 – mid 1980s)

Mattel Aquarius (1983 – mid 1980s)

Brother Micro Disc (mid 1980s)

Bandai micro cartridge (mid 1980s)

Commodore VIC-20 (1981 – 1985)

Coleco Adam High Speed Digital Data Pack (1983 – 1985)

Acorn Electron (1983 – 1985)

Sega SG-1000 / SC-3000 (1983 – 1985)

IBM PCjr (1984 – 1985)

Seeburg Background Music System (1959 – 1986)

Exatron String Floppy (1978 – 1986)

Capacitance Electronic Disk (CED) / SelectaVision (1981 – 1986)

Video High Density (VHD) (1983 – 1986)

Bee Card (1985 – 1986)

Compact LaserDisc (1986)

Iomega Bernoulli disk 8-inch (1982 – 1987)

ZX Microdrive (1983 – 1987)

Sega My Card (1985 – 1987)

126 film (1963 – 1988)

8-Track (Stereo 8) (1964 – 1988)

Betamax (1978 – 1988)

Video 2000 / Video Compact Cassette (1979 – 1988)

Disc film (1982 – 1988)

SuperBeta (1985 – 1988)

Sega Card (1987 – 1989)

Compact Cassette for data (1975 – late 1980s)

8-inch hard disk drive (1979 – late 1980s)

Commodore 16 / Plus/4 (1984 – late 1980s)

Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1984 – late 1980s)

Talking View-Master Electronic 3-D Viewer (1984 – late 1980s)

Wafadrive (1984 – late 1980s)

Picocassette (1985 – late 1980s)

LV-ROM (1986 – late 1980s)

1990s

Jacquard Loom card (1801 – 1990s)

Photographic plate (1851 – 1990s)

3M Cantata 700 (1965 – 1990s)

Endless loop Compact Cassette (1969 – 1990s)

110 film (1972 – 1990s)

Audiopak (1972 – 1990s)

U-matic (1973 – 1990s)

U-matic S (1974 – 1990s)

Control Data Corporation 9877 (1974 – 1990s)

Digital Equipment Corporation RK07 (1976 – 1990s)

3.5-inch microfloppy disk (DS /DD) (1982 – 1990s)

Betacam (1982 – 1990s)

Video single (1983 – 1990s)

2-inch floppy disk (Video Floppy) (1986 – 1990s)

D1 (1987 – 1990s)

5.25-inch minifloppy disk (1976 – early 1990s)

3-inch Compact Floppy disk (1982 – early 1990s)

Casio ROM Pack (1983 – early 1990s)

MII (1986 – early 1990s)

2.8-inch DataDisk (1986 – early 1990s)

Nintendo Famicom Disk System (1986 – early 1990s)

Extended Definition Beta (1988 – early 1990s)

Mini CD single (1988 – early 1990s)

2-inch floppy disk (LT-1) (1989 – early 1990s)

Mattel IntelliVision / IntelliVision II (1979 – 1990)

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Font Cartridge (1984 – 1990)

Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer (1980 – 1991)

Pocket Rockers (1988 – 1991)

Roland Music Style Card (1989 – 1991)

Amstrad GX4000 (1990 – 1991)

Video Single Disc (1990 – 1991)

Atari VCS / 2600 (1977 – 1992)

Atari 400 / 800 / XL / XE (1979 – 1992)

Psion Organiser Datapak (1984 – 1992)

Atari 7800 ProSystem (1987 – 1992)

CD Video (1987 – 1992)

CD Video 8-inch disc (1987 – 1992)

NEC TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine ‘HuCard’ (1987 – 1993)

Floptical (1991 – 1993)

Commodore 64 (1982 – 1994)

Iomega Bernoulli disk 5.25-inch (1987 – 1994)

CD-i Digital Video (1993 – 1994)

1-inch Type C (1976 – mid 1990s)

QIC Minicartridge (late 1970s – mid 1990s)

DASH (Digital Audio Stationary Head) (1982 – mid-1990s)

Atari Lynx (1989 – mid 1990s)

3.5-inch microfloppy (Extended Density) (1991 – mid 1990s)

MSX (1983 – 1995)

Nintendo Entertainment System (1986 -1995)

Sega 32X (1994 – 1995)

Optical phonecard (1981 – 1996)

Sega Master System (1985 – 1996)

Holographic Compact Disc (1991 – 1996)

Digital Compact Cassette (1992 – 1996)

LD-ROM (1993 – 1996)

Atari Jaguar (1993 – 1996)

Nintendo Virtual Boy (1995 – 1996)

SyQuest EZ135 (1995 – 1996)

Sega Game Gear (1991 – 1997)

Casio Loopy (1995 – 1997)

SyQuest 5.25-inch (44/88/200MB) (1988 – 1998)

Sega Mega Drive (1990 – 1998)

CD-i (Compact Disc Interactive) (1991 – 1998)

CD-i Ready (1991 – 1998)

SyQuest 3.5-inch (105/270MB) (1993 – 1998)

Phase-change Dual (PD) disk (1995 – 1998)

SyQuest EzFlyer (1996 – 1998)

Syquest SyJet (1996 – 1998)

SyQuest SparQ (1997 – 1998)

Psion Series 3 Solid State Disk (1991 – 1999)

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (North American version) (1991 – 1999)

Ditto (1992 – 1999)

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1992 – 1999)

Nomai MCD 540 (1995 – 1999)

DIVX (Digital Video Express) (1998 – 1999)

Sony Ruvi (1998 – 1999)

Fidelipac (1959 – late 1990s)

Compact Cassette Type IV (Metal) (1979 – late 1990s)

Scotchcart / Scotchcart II (mid 1980s – late 1990s)

U-matic SP (1986 – late 1990s)

8mm / Data8 (1987 – late 1990s)

Streamer cassette (late 1980s – late 1990s)

NT (1992 – late 1990s)

Miniature Card (1995 – late 1990s)

Yamaha Music Cartridge (1995 – late 1990s)

MovieCD (1997 – late 1990s)

Jaz (top)2000s

Aperture card (1943 – 2000s)

Open reel instrumentation and data logging tape (1949 – 2000s)

Slide carousel (1950s – 2000s)

Microfiche (1961 – 2000s)

Compact Cassette (1963 – 2000s)

Compact Cassette Type II (Chrome / High Bias) (1970 – 2000s)

QIC Data Cartridge (1972 – 2000s)

Video8 (1985 – 2000s)

5.25-inch magneto-optical disk (1985 – 2000s)

D2 (1988 – 2000s)

SD1 (1990s – 2000s)

Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) full-size (1991 – 2000s)

3.5-inch magneto-optical disk (1991 – 2000s)

Video CD (1993 – 2000s)

QIC-Wide (1994 – 2000s)

QIC-EXtra (QIC EX) (1996 – 2000s)

Cigarette card (1875 – early 2000s)

Cassette single (Cassingle) (1980 – early 2000s)

S-VHS (1987 – early 2000s)

S-VHS-C (1987 – early 2000s)

MD Data (1994 – early 2000s)

Digital-S / D-9 (1995 – early 2000s)

SmartMedia (1995 – early 2000s)

DTS 5.1 Music Disc (1997 – early 2000s)

SuperDisk (1997 – early 2000s)

HiFD (High capacity Floppy Disk) (1998 – early 2000s)

Iomega Clik! / PocketZip (1999 – early 2000s)

Nintendo 64DD (Dynamic Drive) (1999 – 2000)

8⅓ rpm flexi-discs (early 1970s – 2001)

LaserDisc (1983 – 2001)

LaserDisc 8-inch disc (1983 – 2001)

Betacam SP (1986 – 2001)

QSound Compact Disc (1991 – 2001)

Mammoth / Mammoth-2 (1994 – 2001)

SNK Neo Geo Pocket / Pocket Colour (1998 – 2001)

Sega Visual Memory Unit (VMU) (1999 – 2001)

Yaboom Box (1999 – 2001)

Yaboom MCD Musical Key Chain (1999 – 2001)

Sony Memory Stick / Floppy Disk Adaptor (2000 – 2001)

Laser Juke (1990 – 2002)

Travan (1995 – 2002)

IBM Magstar MP 3570 (1996 – 2002)

Iomega Jaz (1996 – 2002)

Caleb UHD144 / it drive (1998 – 2002)

Handspring Springboard expansion module (1999 – 2002)

HitClips (1999 – 2002)

Pokémon mini (2002)

9-track tape (1964 – 2003)

Music cassette (Musicassette) (1965 – 2003)

Nintendo Famicom (1983 – 2003)

Nintendo Game Boy (1990 – 2003)

ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape) (1992 – 2003)

Iomega Zip (1995 – 2003)

Nintendo 64 (1997 – 2003)

Nintendo 64 Controller Pak (1997 – 2003)

Nintendo Game Boy dual-mode cartridge (1998 – 2003)

Nintendo Game Boy Color (1998 – 2003)

Advanced Digital Recording (ADR) (1999 – 2003)

Bandai WonderSwan (1999 – 2003)

Iomega Zip 250 (2001 – 2003)

Iomega Zip U250 (2001 – 2003)

Iomega Zip 750 (2002 – 2003)

IBM 3480 (1984 – 2004)

SNK Neo Geo AES (1990 – 2004)

SNK Neo Geo MVS (1990 – 2004)

Photo CD (1992 – 2004)

Digital Tape Format (DTF) (1994 – 2004)

Advanced Photo System (APS) (1996 – 2004)

Castlewood Orb (1998 – 2004)

D-Theater (2002 – 2004)

HitClips Disc (2003 – 2004)

PCMCIA / PC Card (1990 – mid 2000s)

Memory Stick (1998 – mid 2000s)

VJ Starz Video Karaoke Machine (2002 – mid 2000s)

DataPlay (2002 – mid 2000s)

Digital Audio Tape (DAT) (1987 – 2005)

MultiMediaCard (1997 – 2005)

Tapwave Zodiac (2004 – 2005)

Sony PlayStation Memory Card (1995 – 2006)

Polaroid i-Zone (1999 – 2006)

Copy-protected Compact Disc (2000 – 2006)

MicroMV (2001 – 2006)

Personal Video Disc (PVD) (2003 – 2006)

Nokia N-Gage card (2003 – 2006)

RS-MMC (Reduced Size MultiMedia Card) / MMCmobile (2004 – 2006)

Gizmondo card (2005 – 2006)

Hi8 (1989 – 2007)

Digital Data Storage (DDS) (1989 – 2007)

9-inch single (1990 – 2007)

Betacam SX (1996 – 2007)

D-VHS (1998 – 2007)

Digital 8 (1999 – 2007)

Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2001 – 2007)

Superbit (2001 – 2007)

Nintendo GameCube (2002 – 2007)

Nintendo GameCube memory card (2002 – 2007)

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Video (2004 – 2007)

Sony Professional Disc for DATA (2004 – 2007)

Piano roll (1883 – 2008)

miniSD (2003 – 2008)

HD DVD (2006 – 2008)

HD-DVD-R (2007 – 2008)

StorageTek 9840 (1998 – 2009)

CD Cardz (2001 – 2009)

e-kara Karaoke Cartridge (2001 – 2009)

Flexplay (2003 – 2009)

DualDisc (2005 – 2009)

Memory Stick Micro (M2) (2006 – 2009)

CD-ROM postage stamps (2008 – 2009)

VHS (Video Home System) (1977 – late 2000s)

Compact VHS (VHS-C) (1982 – late 2000s)

3.5-inch microfloppy disk (High Density) (1987 – late 2000s)

CD-BGM (1989 – late 2000s)

D5 /D5 HD (1994 – late 2000s)

MiniDV (1995 – late 2000s)

VXA (1999 – late 2000s)

microSD card (2007 – late 2000s)

slotMusic (with holder)2010s

Compact Disc Digital Audio Recordable (CD-R Audio) (1997 – 2010s)

DVCPRO (1995 – early 2010s)

Microdrive (1999 – early 2010s)

Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) (1996 – 2010)

xD-Picture Card (2002 – 2010)

Super Advanced Intelligent Tape (SAIT) (2003 – 2010)

Iomega Rev (2004 – 2010)

Xbox 360 Memory Unit (2005 – 2010)

HDV (2003 -2011)

Hi-MD (2004 – 2011)

Universal Media Disk (2004 – 2011)

Single-8 (1965 – 2012)

DTRS (Digital Tape Recording System) (1993 – 2012)

slotMusic (2008 – 2012)

MiniDisc (1992 – 2013)

Sony PlayStation 2 Memory Card (2000 – 2013)

LightScribe (2004 – 2013)

Nintendo Wii Optical Disc (2006 – 2013)

1.8-inch hard disk drive (1991 – 2014)

UMD (Universal Media Disc) (2004 – 2014)

Nintendo DS / DS Lite / DSi (2005 – 2014)

Digital Betacam (1993 – 2016)

HDCAM (1997 – 2016)

MPEG IMX (2001 – 2016)

HDCAM SR (2003 – 2016)

Nintendo Wii U Optical Disc (2012 – 2017)

Blu-ray (with packaging)Still current or date of obsolescence unknown

Music box disc (1886 – )

Microfilm (1890s – )

35mm film (1892 – )

Multiple groove phonograph record (1898 – )

120 film (1901 – )

Centre-start phonograph record (1905 – )

Picture discs (1920s – )

Acetate / lacquer disc (late 1920s – )

16mm film (1923 – )

Professional open reel tape (NAB reel) (1930s – )

135 film (1934 – )

View-Master (1939 – )

12-inch LP (1948 – )

White label vinyl record (1948 – )

Coloured vinyl record (1949 – )

7-inch single (1949 – )

Flexi-disk (1950s – )

7-inch EP (1952 – )

Stereophonic LP (Long Play) 12 inch record (1957 – )

Mini-Cassette (1967 -)

Microcassette (1969 -)

Magnetic stripe card (1964 – )

Super 8 (1965 – )

Steno-Cassette (1971 – )

Movie Viewer (1971 – 1985, 2014 -)

10-inch single (1970s – )

12-inch single (1973 – )

Luminous vinyl record (1978 – )

Laser-etched vinyl (1980 – )

Compact Disc (1983 -)

3.5-inch hard disk drive (1983 – )

Digital Linear Tape (DLT) (1984 – )

CD-ROM (1985 – )

CD single (1985 – )

CD+G (CD+Graphics) (1986 – )

2.5-inch hard disk drive (1988 – )

Shaped 7-inch single (1980s -)

Minimax Compact Disc (1990s – )

Compact Disc-Recordable (CD-R) (1992 – )

CompactFlash (Type I) (1994 – )

Enhanced CD (1994 – )

High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) (1995 – )

IBM Magstar 3590 (1995 – )

XRCD (1995 – )

Gold CD-R (1996 – )

Shaped Compact Disc (1996 – )

Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) mini-size (1996 – )

Compact Disc-ReWritable (CD-RW) (1997 – )

Mini CD-R / CD-RW (1990s – )

DVD-ROM (1997 – )

DVD-R (1997 – )

MiniDVD-R (1997 – )

DVCAM (1996 – )

MiniDVD-R (1997 – )

DVD-RAM (1998 – )

Business card CD-ROM (1998 – )

Fujifilm Instax Mini (1998 – )

DVD-Video (1998 – )

Interactive DVD (1998 – )

DVD-10 / double-sided DVD (1998 – )

Super Audio CD (SACD) (1999 – )

Secure Digital (SD) (1999 – )

GD-ROM (1999 – )

DVD-RW (1999 – )

DVD-Audio (2000 -)

Linear Tape-Open (LTO) (2000 – )

USB flash drive (2000 – )

DVD+RW (2001 – )

Super DLT (2001 – )

Timecode vinyl (2001 – )

DVD+R (2002 – )

Memory Stick Duo (2002 – )

Professional Disc (2003 – )

Ultra Density Optical (UDO) (2003 – )

Encrypted USB flash drive (2004 – )

Fujifilm PhotoDisc CD-R (2004 – )

microSD (2005 – )

Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) (2006 – )

StorageTek T10000 / T10000 T2 (2006 – )

Quantum GoVault (2006 – )

Blu-ray Disc (2006 – )

Blu-ray Disc Recordable (BD-R) (2006 – )

Blu-ray Recordable Erasable (BD-RE) (2006 – )

USB flash drive (for music) (2006 – )

Super High Material CD (2007 – )

VinylDisc (2007 – )

DAT 160 / 320 (2007 – )

Tooth Tunes (2007 – )

Blu-spec CD (2008 – )

Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) micro-size (2010 – )

Nintendo 3DS (2011 – )

Playbutton (2011 – )

Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) nano-size (2012 – )

Sony PlayStation Vita memory card (2012 – )

High Fidelity Pure Audio (2013 – )

MQS (2013 – )

UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality Compact Disc) (2015 – )

View-Master Virtual Reality Experience Pack (2015 – )