pcmag.comWe review products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. If you miss the sound of the iPod clickwheel and its retro aesthetic, pushed aside in the age of touch screens and music streaming, then there may be a solution: iOS developer Elvin Hu, a design student at Cooper Union college in New York City, has built an iPhone app that turns your phone into a full-screen iPod Classic. As well as the clickwheel, complete with haptic feedback, the iPod Classic app also has "Cover Flow," which lets you move through album and song artworks to choose your music. This works either in portrait mode, displayed on the virtual screen of the iPod Classic, or in landscape mode. As reported by The Verge, Hu built the app because of a paper he was working on about the develpment of Apple's iconic music player. The project has already attracted attention from Tony Fadell, former SVP of Apple's iPod division (colloquailly dubbed the "father of the iPod") and the co-inventor of the first iPhone, but whether Hu can actually release the app remains to be seen. "I've been working on this project since October and whether I can release it or not does depend on whether Apple approve it," Hu tells The Verge. "I believe they have legitimate reasons not to (patents and other reasons)." Should the application not make it onto Apple's App Store, Hu says that he might still "release it as an open source project after seeing the response from the community," and hopes to finish development by the end of the year.

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