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Click Wheel Games disappear from iTunes Store

Apple appears to have quietly removed Click Wheel iPod Games from the iTunes Store, prompting further speculation that the company is planning to discontinue the iPod classic. A link to the Click Wheel Games section previously appeared on the App Store drop down menu, however that option has recently vanished and attempts to search for or even link from existing Click Wheel iPod Games now returns a response that the item requested is “not currently available.”

Downloadable iPod games were introduced in the fall of 2006 when Apple released the enhanced fifth-generation iPod alongside a firmware update adding support to the prior year’s model. Game support was also added to the third-generation iPod nano when it was released the following year, although the 2007 release of the iPod classic and iPod nano controversially rendered all previous games incompatible, requiring users to repurchase the same titles for the new devices. The selection of games remained relatively limited since Apple never released an open SDK, instead hand-picking select developers to participate, and handling some of the coding on its own. During Apple’s Fall 2010 event, the company released the sixth-generation iPod nano with a revised touchscreen interface and no iPod game support; the company also conspicuously omitted any direct mention of the iPod classic at that event, leaving many to conclude that the older traditional iPods are no longer a priority for Apple. [via AppleInsider]

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Comments

1

“leaving many to conclude that the older traditional iPods are no longer a priority for Apple”

When Steve Jobs himself proudly declares at the keynote that they have updated every single iPod but they didn’t update the classic, and, as pointed out, didn’t even mention the classic, anyone who concluded otherwise should consult with their neurologist because they have cognitive problems. Considering how much time and effort they put into these presentations, the 100% omission of the classic from the presentation was not in error.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 30, 2011 at 6:53 AM (PDT)

2

If they’re indeed going to phase out the Classic, I would hope they just re-name the iPod touch as just the iPod. Everybody knows it has a touch interface, and it’s been clear for some time that it’s the main device in the product line. Also, it probably fits the name better than the original did, as it’s a small container (or pod) for all your information and entertainment.

Their phone isn’t called the iPhone touch.

Posted by Jerome on September 30, 2011 at 6:22 PM (PDT)

3

That would be the end of me being able to carry around, and hook up in my car, my full music library. Either the touch gets double or triple the capacty I’m going to hoard a classic or two off of ebay.And using a phone for a music player just stinks in my opinion. Not the same experience.

Posted by Frank Costa on October 2, 2011 at 11:53 PM (PDT)

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