Why iPod games are so cool?
The iPod is a line of portable media players created by Apple Inc. that was first released on October 23, 2001.
There have been five different versions of the iPod created over the years: the hard drive based original iPod Classic, the iPod Mini introduced January, 2004, the iPod Nano released September, 2005, the compact iPod Shuffle presented January, 2005, and the touch screen iPod Touch was given to the world on September 9, 2008.
Each version also has several upgraded versions, the Nano having the most with seven generations produced.
Like most digital media players, an iPod can be used as an external data storage unit. The storage capacity depends on the model, ranging from the mini iPod Shuffle with 2 GB, up to the iPod Classic with 160 GB. The devices use the Apple A5 CPU and the Samsung ARM.
Using the Apple iTunes software, or compatible software, iPods can be loaded with games, email settings, contact information, music, videos, photos, calenders and bookmarks from your computer. At the touch of a button, you can all of your important info with you wherever you go. Plus, play all of your favorite games anytime, anywhere.
Before iOS 5 was released, the iPod brand was used for the iPhone and
iPad media players included in these devices, which was a combination of
the video and music apps featured on the iPod Touch.
After the introduction of iOS 5, individual apps named “Music” and “Videos” became the standard across all devices powered with iOS. Although the media players in the iPad and iPhone have basically the same capabilities as what is used in iPod line, they are generally considered different products.
The iPod was first released in 2001, however the price of the device, which most people thought was extremely high for a gadget they considered a toy, and the fact that it was only compatible with Mac, had a huge impact on sales.
It wasn't until 2004 that the device was actually taken seriously. Categorized as a digital hub for applications ranging from household expenses to on the go gaming, the iPod finally got the recognition it deserved.
Camcorders, digital cameras and personal organizers of the time were either too big and bulky, or too small to be of any value. Plus, the user interface was basically useless. Apple decided to solve these problems by creating a device that would improve on all of these factors.
Steve Jobs appointed Jon Rubinstein, chief hardware engineer at the time, the task of designing and developing the iPod. Along with his hand picked team of experts and a few purchased technological ideas and products, the concept of the iPod became a reality.
The name iPod was inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Vinnie Chieco was one of many freelance copywriters enlisted by Apple to come up with a way to introduce the device to the world.
When Chieco saw the device and how it worked, he was reminded of a scene from the movie when HAL was ordered to open the pod bay door. Because of the similarities between the pods on the spaceship and the functionality of the multi-media device, the name seemed appropriate.
Unfortunately, the name iPod was already owned by Joseph N. Grasso from New Jersey who had a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple eventually gained the rights, and the iPod is now a household name known all over the world as a multi-media device produced by Apple Computer Inc.
In addition to the integration with iTunes, the slim design, the autosync capabilities and the click wheel, the iPod also has some other very impressive features, such as:
The huge selection of iPod games is what gives this device an advantage over other portable gaming units. Plus, if you have a great idea for a new game, you can easily create your own iPod games. The large storage capacity, especially in the Classic version, lets you take all of your games with you, without carrying a pile of discs.
iTunes offers a set of 106 games free to download. The collection includes all types of games from sports to alien adventures. The collection is rated 9+ because some of the games have mild violence. Titles in the collection include:
The entire collection is also compatible with iPad and iPhone.
Click here to go to the Apple games homepage.