Sync this classic iPod web app with Apple Music and Spotify for maximum 2004 vibes
Apple finally ditched its iconic click wheel for iPod in 2014 with the iPod Classic 160GB variant of the music player, but the eerily satisfying tactile scrolling hardware lives on in the hearts and minds of many. While it’s unlikely that Tim Cook and his company will roll out any “retro” option to the public in the years to come (other than a few really pretty color palettes), some of us at least keep the dream of the click wheel alive and well. Meet Tanner Villarete, a front-end software developer who recently designed a cute little free web app that mimics the last big click wheel on the iPod Classic. The app integrates with both Apple Music and Spotify.
Villarete’s iPod design includes several skins – silver, black and even that old special edition red and black “U2” that was super badass outside of the U2 look – as well as the classic Brick game to kill again. more time while you listen to all your favorite songs in the mid years.
While the site is available through any browser, we strongly encourage you to view it through a touchscreen device for full effect. It’s a big compliment for those of us considering a return to physical office spaces as post-COVID life continues to accelerate. Just make sure the boss isn’t around every time you play with this Brick emulator.
There is still a lot of use in those old iPods – Even when they are nearly two decades old, classic iPods can still be put to good use. Take this 17-year-old edition, which a YouTuber recently managed to turn into a true Spotify streaming device capable of even searchable the service’s entire catalog of music. Sadly, the iconic Click Wheel sound didn’t survive the upgrade, but look, we can’t expect all iPods of yesteryear …
Except for radiation detection – Yes. Let’s not forget: there has been this time, Apple reportedly configured one of its devices to include a miniature Geiger counter for the US Department of Energy. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the story, including how / if the badass spy gear was ultimately used, but it’s still a very good reference for “alternate uses of the iPod “.