Apple Removes iPod Click Wheel Games from iTunes

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    Earlier this week, a report claimed that Apple is preparing to discontinue the iPod classic and iPod shuffle, leaving only the iPod touch and iPod nano in its iPod lineup. Supporting the idea that the iPod classic may soon be coming to an end after ten years on the market is a new report from AppleInsider noting that Apple has removed access to the iPod Click Wheel Games section of the iTunes Store.

    No new click wheel games had appeared in the iTunes Store since February 2009 as Apple apparently ended support for development of such games, but existing titles continued to be available through the store until recently. It is unclear, however, exactly when the listings disappeared from the iTunes Store, as reports dating back nearly two weeks indicated that the click wheel games had indeed gone missing.

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    Despite the removal of access via iTunes, Apple still advertises the ability to purchase and play click wheel games on its iPod classic features page and its "iTunes A to Z" page.
    Concern over the fate of the iPod classic arose when the model did not receive an update at last year's iPod media event, despite the fact that Steve Jobs touted that September's lineup as "all-new". Although the news wasn't revealed until months later, one customer did email Steve Jobs regarding the fate of the iPod classic after the September 2010 event, with Jobs responding that Apple had "no plans" to discontinue the model.

    Additional hope of new life for the iPod classic came in February with Toshiba's launch of a 220 GB hard drive of the form factor used in the iPod classic, opening the door to a capacity increase over the existing 160 GB size. It now appears, however, that Apple may be winding down the high-capacity iPod model in favor of its popular iOS-based iPod touch and its new iCloud services that will allow users to store their music on Apple's servers and download it to their Internet-connected iOS devices as needed.

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    They might as well get rid of the iPod Touch seeing as it is dead.
     
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    Don't answer the door, Mr. Cook!
     

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    Time to move on... it was an iconic, solid, innovative design, though, and I'll miss seeing it around.
     
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    Wow apple. Just because you want to get rid of a product does not mean that everyone will get rid of it, plus these things are still being sold. Is it me or has apple starting to loose some of its finesse?
     
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    I did.

    The Mini Golf was pretty cool
     
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    Frankly, at this point anyone who really wants a Classic already has one. The market for even huger music players has got to be minuscule, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them introduce a 128 GB Touch next week, which probably comes close enough for most people's purposes. I'm not saying it's completely nonexistent, but it's probably not worth it to Apple to continue making them.
     
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    So whats the other High Capacity Portable MP3 players out there ?





    Anyone know?
     
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    I agree that anyone who wants a Classic already has one, seeing as how that's a small market these days. But iPods don't last forever, and I love having my entire music library in my car, so I hope you're right about a much higher capacity Touch... or iPhone.
     
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    Man, if Apple discontinues the Shuffle and Classic, they have just a few items left.

    I mean, they discontinued the white Macbook.

    And they're building these megaton stores and they have only like 5 products to show in them.
     
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    I was actually planning on buying a cheap iPod Video 5G from eBay just to start playing these games again :(. Luckily I have some of my .ipg files.
     
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    I know many people that want and own an iPod touch.

    So argument refuted.
     
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    Less is more...
     
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    If they introduce a 128 GB Touch, it kind of reduces the market for Classics down to next to nothing; especially when coupled with Cloud services.
     
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    Wonder how much the 64GB iPhone and 128GB Touch sell for? Or is streaming/download the answer?
     
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    The problem is that Apple are trying to sell us something not all of us need. A lot of us just want a box (the 120gb+ ipod) that has our tunes on it, nothing more. We have iphones or whatever etc and don't need an ipod touch, which cost more as they are more expensive to make.
     
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    Price?

     
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    sad day. still use my ipod classic everyday on the morning commute.

    still is a class music player, just hope the touch ipods get bigger storage to accomadate the large libraries people have.
     
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    I remember the last update of the Classic wasn't compatible with the older games from an older iPod line. Some of the games wouldn't work with the newer iPod Classic.

    I am curious of what changes will be made on the Mac product line next. I think the changes on the Mac side will be bigger than anything so far.
     
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    THIS !

    Everyone I know uses one as a Car system !

    Can't they just make less iPods but keep it available for their loyal customers so we can replace our iPods when they die !?!?

    Please Apple !
     
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    Final Fantasy: Song Summoner was one of the coolest click wheel games released. You turn your songs into warriors, which level up each time you listen to them on your iPod!
     

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