Apple Removes iPod Click Wheel Games Section in iTunes Store
Rumors of Apple ending support for the iPod Classic—the device that started it all—have been swirling this week, and Apple lent more credence to the claims by removing access to the iPod Click Wheel Games section of the iTunes Store.
Apple ended support for iPod Click Wheel Games sometime in 2009 and as a result no new games have appeared in the iTunes Store since then. However, despite the lack of support Apple still maintained their presence in the Click Wheel Games section of the iTunes Store. When the games disappeared from the iTunes store is still unclear. Reports surfaced nearly two weeks ago that they had gone missing, but the lack of demand and/or anyone caring prevented a huge uproar from taking over the Internet when they disappeared.
Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged the rumors surrounding the iPod Classic’s demise and the closest thing to confirmation we’ve had is an email Steve Jobs sent to a customer asking if Apple any plans to discontinue the model. Jobs responded with a simple “no plans.” Those “no plans” appear to have turned into “some plans.”
But, their implementation hasn’t been sweeping. Apple still advertises on their iPod Classic features page the ability to download and play click-wheel games via iTunes. If Apple is planning to update the iPod Classic, or discontinue it, the impatient public will likely find out Tuesday during Apple’s iPhone announcement. While the demise of the iPod Classic will be a blow for those of us who revel in nostalgia, the move makes sense. Large capacity media devices don’t fit in Apple’s business plan anymore, especially with iCloud on the horizon.