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Apple updates iTunes games catalog, pulls old titles

updated 10:05 am EDT, Tue April 8, 2008

iPod game catalog update

Apple has made several changes to its catalog of iPod games on the iTunes Store (link). Zuma, a well-known puzzle title by PopCap, has been added to the list of games compatible with Nanos and Classics; several other games have had their section removed however, including Bejeweled, iQuiz, Lost, Mahjong, Mini Golf, Musika, Royal Solitaire and Vortex. iQuiz and Vortex are already installed by default on modern-generation Nanos and Classics.

The remaining games, however, are effectively hidden from the public, only available for download through search or backdoor links on various website. They also remain without updates, limiting them to fifth-generation video iPods. The games may soon be removed on a permanent basis.




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  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why remove them?

    How much server space could they possibly take up?

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    seeing as how...

    Vortex and iQuiz both came w/ the Classic [that's what I bought] - why wouldn't they add the compatible versions to the iTMS instead of getting rid of them altogether?

    Also - what really sucks is that I was waiting/hoping for a version of Bejeweled and mahjongg to hit the Classic_

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    so MacNN??

    since you know about these "backdoor" links why don't you share with the rest of us? Instead of just telling us about them and then with-holding information?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: seeing as how

    I don't understand, Vortex and iQuiz come with current iPods so why would they put them on the store - there's no customers for them.

    and monstermind, they removed them from browsing because they take up limited screen real estate and probably cause confusion for new iPod owners. I'm sure many have bought 5G games thinking they'd work on their classic. Many people don't read the text and just click on the game.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:backdoor

    just do a search for the game's title like you would for a song or band.

    I was going to get Bejeweled but the commenters largely agreed that the controls suck so I didn't buy it.

  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:climacs

    Bejeweled works fine for me (had it since it came out), I haven't had any "issues" with using it (controller wise). It works WAY better than Sonic (which I play anyway).....If you love Bejeweled, get it. It's worth it.

  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    maybe...

    Just maybe... they are getting ready to FINALLY add some iPod touch games. One can only hope.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: maybe...

    Man I hope so!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So Nobody...

    ...thinks that they may simply be preparing to migrate these apps to the new AppStore? Once that is up and running this summer, why have two places to have to go to find an application?

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