CLICK wheel games debuted alongside the iPod classic in 2006, and were backward-compatible with the iPod nano and iPod video. They were basically something that would eventually become iOS games available for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad devices. While no public SDK was ever released for click wheel game development, third-party developers like Gameloft, EA, PopCap and Disney all released software for the platform. In total, 49 games were released for click wheel iPods, with the latest arriving in 2009.
Previously, users could access the games via a link in the iTunes App Store called “iPod Click Wheel Games.” These games date back to Apple’s very first iPod model and include titles like Brick, Vortex, iQuiz, and Texas Hold’Em, totaling about 49 titles that all rely on the touch-sensitive wheel of the classic iPod. However, the link to this category of games is no longer available from the iTunes App Store menu.
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PEOPLE have been thinking that Apple may be planning on discontinuing the iPod Classic model this year. I can see how people might believe this rumor. One supporting fact is that they are soon putting an end to the click wheel games that you can download onto your iPod; which before a few weeks ago I did not know even existed. However, so many people are talking about this, and when so many people believe it, it is usually true. But, the iPod classic is such a legacy holder. It also has an amazing amount of storage, 160 GB!
The iPod as a product line has been making up a smaller and smaller percentage of Apple’s revenue over the past few years with the growth of the iPhone. Apple does not break out the iPod touch out of those sales, but the touch likely represents a large portion of the remaining iPod sales. The last official word about the iPod Classic came from Steve Jobs over a year ago, in which he said in an email that they had no plans on discontinuing the iPod Classic at that time. Now, a year later, it may be coming.