Where Are the iPod (classic) Games?

01/30/2014

001.png Reading Simon Jary’s delightfully snark-filled 10 reasons Apple will and won’t kill the iPod – is the iPod really doomed? on Macworld UK this morning, I was reminded that the iPod classic had, for a while, games. They were pretty simplistic, but they worked. I recall buying a couple of them, and they got lost somewhere between one old Mac and my current computer. (I recently wrote my own Is the iPod Dead? article…)

Apple still lists iPod games on their website. This is surprising because Apple removed all mention of these games from the iTunes Store back in September 2011. Check out the iTunes Store; even in the little link on the bottom of the page, there’s nothing about games for click wheel iPods.

Apple has an FAQ about iPod Click Wheel Games on their website, but “This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.”

Apple also still mentions that the iPod classic holds 40,000 songs. This was the case for 4-minute songs at 128 kbps – the older, DRM-laden format that the iTunes Store sold – but now, with iTunes Plus files, at 256 kbps, it holds a mere 20,000 4-minute tracks. However, the company does have a footnote about that:

Song capacity is based on 4 minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; in 256-Kbps AAC format, song capacity is up to 20,000 songs; actual capacity varies by encoding method and bit rate.

I don’t really miss these games. But it’s surprising that Apple still mentions them on the iPod classic page on their website. Apple doesn’t always keep support documents up to date, but the marketing copy generally doesn’t discuss features that have been removed from products.