If Nostalgia Has You Missing The iPod Click Wheel, There Could Be An App For That
When you’re on the cusp of entering a new decade, nostalgia tends to dominate all facets of thinking. The end of a decade is a time for reflection. The “best of” listicles come thick and fast, covering everything from funniest memes, best songs, and most iconic fashion moments. While mocking the latest fashion fads can make for a sensational way to spend your work hours (note: you’ll want to erase all photos of yourself in jeggings), to take stock of the products that impacted us in that time can also be a nostalgia-inducing exercise. And one product that continues to reign supreme is the iPod.
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Throughout its history, the iPod progressed from stick shuffle where your music selection was limited to just 120 songs you had no ability to select at your own whim, to the flashier iPod Touch which foreshadowed the latest trends in technology and portable gaming devices. It boasted impressive features like a camera, the inclusion of apps, and had a number of features that the humble music listener needn’t care for. Regardless of your choice of model (personally, I was always partial to the iPod Nano), when Apple discontinued the iPod, it was a crushing moment – one many of us took personally.
Thankfully, an iOS developer is reuniting us with the beloved iPod design. Elvin Hu from Cooper Union College has created an app with a UI that transforms an iPhone into an iPod Classic, featuring everything from a virtual scroll wheel and Cover Flow. While Apple might not allow this into the App store, people are certainly willing to use it. So strong is the power of nostalgia, we wouldn’t be surprised if a mass movement to bring back the iPod ensued as a result.
Even Tony Fadell – the man who came up with the original iPod – was impressed by Hu’s app. Posting to Twitter, Fadell said: “Nice throwback.”
In an interview with The Verge, Hu explained the origin of the app: “Before my family could afford one, I would draw the UI layout of iPhone on lids of Ferrero Rocher boxes. Their products (among other products, such as Windows Vista and Zune HD) have greatly influenced my decision of pursuing design as a career.”
Hu added, “I’ve been working on this project since October and whether I can release it or not does depend on whether Apple approve it.” He added, “I believe they have legitimate reasons not to (patents and other reasons).”
Whether Apple approves of the app remains to be seen, but we can only wait with bated breath and hope for a Christmas miracle.