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click wheel

The user interface that made the iPod music player popular. Originally using a rotating wheel, the wheel was later made touch sensitive, and its rotation was simulated. People love the way the click wheel operates with one hand. The wheel is swiped in rotation to scroll, and the top, sides and bottom of the wheel are clicked to make a selection. See iPod classic and scroll mouse.


No More Click Wheel
Although widely used, Apple discontinued the last click wheel iPods (top) in 2014. The shuffle (bottom left) has no thumb rotation, and the nano and touch (bottom middle and right) migrated to touchscreens. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)


No More Click Wheel
Although widely used, Apple discontinued the last click wheel iPods (top) in 2014. The shuffle (bottom left) has no thumb rotation, and the nano and touch (bottom middle and right) migrated to touchscreens. (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)
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According to Apple, iPod nano incorporates an enhanced user interface and Cover Flow, allowing users to scroll through their music collection by album cover artwork, using the Click Wheel. It requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later, or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2) or later, along with iTunes 7.6.
Admittedly, it may not be as slick as the iPod click wheel, which remains the industry benchmark for ease of manipulation.
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Five new bright colors bring us back to the iPod Mini days: silver, green, pink, blue, and a fresh-looking black full on with a black Click Wheel.What's more, you get up to a rated 24 hours of battery life now, plus gapless playback of audio files.
Encased in an ultraportable, lightweight anodized aluminum body and available in five stylish colors--silver, gold, pink, blue or green--it features a touch-sensitive Click Wheel for easy, one-handed navigation.
The iPod mini lets you carry up to 70 hours of music and the Apple Click Wheel lets you easily find just the tunes you want to hear.