• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

A new project from frontend software developer Tanner Villarete has attempted to emulate the iPod’s controls as a web app, complete with support for your Spotify and Apple Music library.

Jun 24, 2021

It can also sync with Apple Music
A classic iPod interface for your Spotify or Apple Music library.
Screenshot: tannerv.com/ipod
In an era before multitouch displays, the iPods click wheel was the king of music playback control. Now, a new project from frontend software developer Tanner Villarete has attempted to emulate its classic controls as a web app, complete with support for your Spotify and Apple Music library.
Its fantastically simple, using your mouse or finger on a touchscreen to emulate the classic controls. Youll need to sign in using an Apple Music or Spotify Account, and then its a simple case of using the virtual click wheel to select and listen to a selection of your most listened-to artists. It even supports the iPods classic Cover Flow interface, letting you to flip through album covers like a jukebox.
And yes, it totally has a built-in Brick Breaker clone.
Screenshot: tannerv.com/ipod
Now, obviously theres a reason why modern apps dont use click wheel interfaces. Using the touch-sensitive wheel via a phones web browser feels ok, but on desktop having to drag a mouse around a virtual circle feels inefficient at best. Its at its worst when loading up the virtual iPods built-in Brick Breaker game clone (which, sidenote, also rips). But as a nostalgic trip down memory lane? Perfection. The project is on GitHub here if you want to have a poke around.
Apple killed off the classic iPod design in 2014. It now sells just one iPod branded device, the iPod Touch, which in terms of hardware is effectively a dated iPhone with no cellular connectivity, biometric authentication, or other modern features. Wed love to see the classic design return, but according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company simply couldnt get the parts anymore.
Lets just hope Apple doesnt kill the project like it did Rewound, the music player app that also attempted to bring back the iPods classic control scheme.