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Soon you could be able to turn your iPhone into an iPod Classic

iPod Classic
iPod Classic (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The iPod Classic remains a modern great.
  • A developer built an iPhone app that recreates the iconic click wheel.
  • They hope to have it finished by the end of the year.

A developer has built an iPhone app that recreates the magic of the iPod Classic. Click wheel and all. Elvin Hu even managed to bring Cover Flow album art to the iPhone, too.

The project first came to prominence when Hu tweeted a video of it yesterday. And boy oh boy does it look cool!

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Hu then spoke with The Verge and explained where the project came from.

Hu built the app because he was working on a paper about the development of the iPod at school. "I've always been a fan of Apple products since I was a kid," revealed Hu in an email to The Verge. "Before my family could afford one, I would draw the UI layout of iPhone on lids of Ferrero Rocher boxes. Their products (among other products, such as Windows Vista and Zune HD) have greatly influenced my decision of pursuing design as a career."

Hu has been working on the app for a coupole of months now and the hope is that it will be ready by the end of the year. Whether Apple will let it through App Store review is another matter, though. Hopefully we'll all get to take a trip down memory lane soon enough.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • I think Apple should buy the UI from him and make it an Apple Music Easter egg. Or even a setup for Apple Music if you want to listen to your music like that
  • Dumb idea to publicize this before it's ready -- this is about a 2 hour project for an experienced developer, and someone could easily bring this concept to the app store before the guy gets it finished up. There are developers who just love to rip off concepts like this.
  • He said he would release it open-source if it doesn't get allowed on the App Store, it doesn't sound like he wants to make money off it. If other people do, then that's up to them, but either way even if it got to the App Store before being publicized, people will still copy the idea, he doesn't own this design