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Rewound, the app that turned your iPhone into an iPod Classic, gets pulled from the App Store

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Rewound (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Rewound has been pulled from the App Store.
  • The app allowed users to turn their iPhone into an iPod Classic.
  • Apple says the app infringes on the company's design.

Rewound, the viral app that lets you turn your iPhone into an iPod Classic when listening to Apple Music has been pulled from the App Store. Reported by MacRumors, the app developer published an article on Medium announcing the action taken on the app as well as what the future of Rewound might be.

Rewound was initially launched on the App Store last week and had already hit 170,000 downloads before it was pulled. The idea behind the app was simple: it allowed users to turn their iPhone into a 2000s era iPod, click wheel and all, and enjoy some nostalgia while listening to their Apple Music library. It quickly garnered a fan base from anyone who had used an iPod before the advent of the iPhone.

Rewound Screenshots

Rewound Screenshots (Image credit: iMore)

The app's developer took to Medium to explain that the app was killed off by Apple because it infringed on Apple's design and that the app could be mistaken for an Apple-designed app. The developer disputes these accusations.

"Rewound was specifically designed not to infringe on Apple's trademarks and we didn't. Rewound could look many ways. Not until users started sharing/using click wheel skins did they ban the app."

Another reason for the ban was the developer's decision to charge a fee to access Apple Music features. They also dispute the validity of this as well, saying that the app was approved with this fee already in place.

"This is less unreasonable BUT they already approved the in-app purchase before Clickwheel skins started proliferating… then they decided it was not ok. Double standard?""We can't update the app to get it re-approved without breaking the app for all 170,000+ users. So we're going to have to upload a separate version but feel it is barely worth the time or effort to even try and humor them, they're just going to keep saying no until users can't possibly make it like their favorite music player."

The developer says that "we can't update the app to get it re-approved without breaking the app for all 170,000+ users". Instead of fighting with Apple to try to get it approved, they are hoping to fund an effort to continue the Rewound app as a web app or Android app through GoFundMe.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

3 Comments
  • Still got it on my iPhone, guess it'll disappear once I transfer to a new phone but I'll enjoy it for now
  • THIS is why iOS isn't private. The app wasn't illegal, but Apple decides what adults can consent to buy. Should be criminal.
  • I don't think "this" is why iOS isn't private, but I do agree that we should be able to download whatever apps we want. It works on macOS, it can work on iOS.