When iPods were released in 2001, no one had ever realized that one day iphone will have an app tha turns mobile into an iPod. The iPod is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers designed and marketed by Apple and latest is the iPod Touch (7th generation) that remains in production.
Like other digital music players, some versions of the iPod can serve as external data storage devices. Prior to macOS 10.15 Apple’s iTunes software (and other alternative software) can be used to transfer music, photos, videos, games, contact information, e-mail settings, Web bookmarks, and calendars, to the devices supporting these features from computers using certain versions of Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Before the release of iOS 5, the iPod branding was used for the media player included with the iPhone and iPad, a combination of the Music and Videos apps on the iPod Touch. As of iOS 5, separate apps named “Music” and “Videos” are standardized across all iOS-powered products. While the iPhone and iPad have essentially the same media player capabilities as the iPod line, they are generally treated as separate products. During the middle of 2010, iPhone sales overtook those of the iPod.
Games on iPod
Video games are playable on various versions of iPods. The original iPod had the game Brick included as an easter egg hidden feature; later firmware versions added it as a menu option. Later revisions of the iPod added three more games: Parachute, Solitaire, and Music Quiz.
According to wikipedia, in September 2006, the iTunes Store began to offer additional games for purchase with the launch of iTunes 7, compatible with the fifth generation iPod with iPod software 1.2 or later. Those games were: Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini Golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Texas Hold ‘Em, Vortex, Asphalt 4: Elite Racing and Zuma. Additional games have since been added. These games work on the 6th and 5th generation iPod Classic and the 5th and 4th generation iPod Nano.
With third parties like Namco, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Sega, and Hudson Soft all making games for the iPod, Apple’s MP3 player has taken steps towards entering the video game handheld console market. Even video game magazines like GamePro and EGM have reviewed and rated most of their games as of late.
The games are in the form of .ipg files, which are actually .zip archives in disguise and when unzipped, they reveal executable files along with common audio and image files, leading to the possibility of third party games. Apple has not publicly released a software development kit (SDK) for iPod-specific development. Apps produced with the iPhone SDK are compatible only with the iOS on the iPod Touch and iPhone, which cannot run clickwheel-based games.
Rewound – The new app that turns your iPhone into an iPod
Now there is an app called Rewound that turns your iPhone into an iPod. You will love to see that iPod click wheel on your iPhone, with this new app that is helping to bring Apple’s iconic music player back into the modern touchscreen era. Rewound is a basic music player app that’s available in Apple’s App Store. It uses downloadable skins to transform the app into an iPod or more, and it syncs to an Apple Music library. It even includes haptic feedback so it looks and feels like a classic iPod.
Rewound’s developer, Louis Anslow of Rethought agency, has been working on the app for a year. The idea is to bring back the idea of buttons and the nostalgia of devices like the iPod. According to Anslow you can program physical appearance of a device, and it could become anything.
Although Anslow isn’t marketing Rewound as an app that will transform your iPhone into an iPod, that’s the primary purpose right now. The way the app has been built has allowed it to be published in the App Store, as skins are simply downloaded after the app is installed. It’s a clever workaround as long as Apple doesn’t pull the app, and it will mean others will be able to create additional skins in the future.
Rewound only supports Apple Music right now, but there are plans to support Spotify in the future. Anslow is even working on an iOS widget that will work as a mini-player. Perhaps you’ll be able to have an iPod Nano accessible from the lock screen. Anslow isn’t the only developer working on apps that turn your iPhone into an iPod. Elvin Hu, a design student at Cooper Union college in New York City, revealed recently that he is working on a similar app that includes the click wheel and Apple’s Cover Flow user interface. Hu is still working on the app, and it’s not clear whether Apple will allow it into the App Store without some equally clever workarounds.
You can download Rewound App from App store on your iPhone. The app needs 20.5 Mb data space on your iphone and requires iOS 10.0 or later iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. To use all its features the app comes with a premium subscription of $0.99- $1.99.