Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes Store as iPod classic approaches End Of Life

“As Apple is rumored to discontinue its aging hard-drive-based iPod classic, the company has removed a section from the iTunes Store devoted to click-wheel games,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Users used to be able to access a link to ‘iPod Click Wheel Games’ by clicking the drop-down menu on the App Store link in iTunes. But now, that option has disappeared from the menu,” Hughes reports. “The removal comes as Apple is rumored to be planning to discontinue the iPod classic this year after the device’s form factor had a 10-year run.”

Hughes reports, “The classic is Apple’s legacy iPod, sporting the same click wheel and general design as the first iPod released in 2001.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s amazing the iPod classic lasted this long.

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11 Comments

    1. Doesn’t the nano have a touch screen? Mine does anyway and I love it. No more fiddling around with dials. Never bought an iPod with a dial to be honest. Never liked them dials

  1. I used to play that circular-Breakout-like game all the time. Can’t remember the name, but it was great and a lot of fun. Wish Apple would port that to the iPhone.

  2. The iPod Classic is iconic. There are many people who just want an iPod Classic for one purpose….MUSIC! For those people, the iPod touch isn’t necessary.

    Apple still sells a ton of iPods anyway. Even if they only sell 100,000 Classics per quarter, then there is still an need.

    Should Apple discontinue the MacPro?

  3. The iPod classic lasted ten years unsurprisingly because its design was years ahead of its time, that’s the reason for its longevity. Even now, there’s no device dedicated solely to digital music playing that even scratches the levels of design the iPod set a decade ago. As a great champion, it’s retiring undefeated.

    1. Correct. It had a scroll wheel. The difference is the scroll wheel was a physical moving part, spinning in the circular motion. The click wheel is what most people new to iPods are familiar with.

  4. Here’s a silly thought.

    The music functionality on the iPhone and iPad is called “iPod”. You touch the “iPod” icon to get to your music. What does that icon look like? A classic click-wheel iPod!

    So are they going to change that icon? Or will this be like the “save” icon in Word, which looks like a floppy disk, despite no one using those things in ages?

    ——RM

    1. I’m pretty sure iOS 5 does not have the same iPod Classic icon. It’s just a music note icon.

      I’m bummed they’re canceling the Classic. I picked one up before last year’s event and I love it! I keep all my movies on it for trips, and it’s the perfect device w/ buttons for cars, working out, or being outside when it’s cold.

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