Here’s a brief public service announcement of sorts to those of you out there who are still rocking the click wheel iPod and regularly use it to play games– At some point last night they vanished from iTunes entirely. If you haven’t already, now is a fantastic time to back up your existing library of click wheel games, as it’s really not clear if you’ll ever be able to download them again. A free Dropbox account would work perfectly for this, or really any other cloud storage service that you can just upload your games to and forget about.
Reading further into this move by Apple, it seems reasonable to think that this might be the end of the iconic click wheel line of iPods. MacRumors notes that there haven’t even been any new releases in the click wheel iPod game library since 2009. The click wheel iPod wasn’t updated in last year’s iPod event either, casting even further doubt onto the fate of the device. With Apple pushing so hard into cloud-based services and the shocking array of media streaming apps available for iOS devices, it seems reasonable to think that the company feels there’s no longer a place for the non-iOS large-capacity traditional iPod.
Seriously though, back up those games.