Apple is one company that always looking forward, making room for new things. In order for them to do that, they get rid of some. For example, if you haven’t noticed it yet, they have already discontinued some games you could have played in your iPod Nano 3rd and 4th generation.
The good news is Apple is just a speck in cyberspace. There are millions of websites and thousands of other clever people who may have the very things you’re looking for: the discontinued clickwheel iPod games.
All you need to do is to find out how you can download and store them in your iPod Nano.
Here’s Our Suggestion: Use Torrent
Your best bet in finding these discontinued games is through file-sharing websites. They are called as such because members keep the website alive, sharing whatever files they have such as games into the network. If you’re a participant, you also have the option to download them for your own satisfaction.
But with so many file-sharing services out there, it’s quite difficult to judge which is the most ideal. Moreover, some of them may suffer from the lack of enough peers (those who share files in the network). That’s why we advise you use a Torrent.
What is a Torrent? Sometimes called a BitTorent, it compiles smaller files into larger ones. Then the compressed or compiled files are shared into the network.
A lot of people prefer this process because they’re able to download media including games at a much faster speed, and they don’t have to be completely dependent on third-party storage websites. To use Torrent search and download games, here are the steps:
Step 1: Download a Torrent client.
Before you can officially start the downloading process, you need to have a Torrent client. This is a program that acts as “bridge” between you and the network. It also helps you keep track of the progress of the download, as well as the already downloaded files. You can also refer to it as your directory of media files, since you can see the path where you have stored them.
There are a couple of great Torrent clients out there, but so far, one of the best we’ve encountered is Vuze.
Step 2: Use the Search function of the Torrent client.
You can start looking of file-sharing services that are compatible with the Torrent client you’ve just downloaded, or you can take the faster route—that is, using the Search tab in the latter. In your Torrent client, type the specific name of the discontinued game or simply utilize “nano 3g games.” Then press Search or OK. If your Torrent client is able to find some of them, it will just list the links down.
Step 3: Click on the link.
If your Torrent search yields result, you can then immediately click it and start the downloading process. You should be able to see in your tracking page the progress of the download.
On the other hand, if the file comes from a different file-sharing website, just save it in your desktop or any folder you may have created for downloaded games. Then double-click on its icon so you can already start downloading them in your Torrent client.
The speed may vary, depending on a lot of factors, such as computer and Internet speed, size of the file, number of sharers within the network, etc. One of the great things about Torrent clients is you can pause the download if you prefer to do something else. You can also increase the download and decrease the upload to maximize your bandwidth.
Step 4: Extract the file.
Once you have successfully downloaded the game in your PC, you can then extract the file to reveal the actual game.
How to Save the Game in Your iPod Nano
Just because you have already downloaded the game doesn’t mean you are already successful. That’s only half of the journey.
To store the game in your iPod Nano without iTunes, follow these steps:
Step 1: Transform your iPod Nano into a storage device.
Using a USB cable, connect the Nano to your PC. You will be prompted with a box that says “Enable iPod as storage disk.” Make sure you can tick the corresponding box. You will know you have successfully converted it into a storage disk if you can already see its icon in the file manager.
Step 2: Open the file with your games.
Don’t close the iPod Nano folder yet.
Step 3: Copy and paste the game from its folder to the Nano folder.
You can also just drag and drop to save time.
Step 4: Disconnect the iPod Nano from your PC.
A potential issue is these discontinued games won’t run in your iPod Nano because of firmware updates. You may want to determine if you need to downgrade your existing firmware before you can start saving these games.
What discontinued games do you miss the most? Let us know here.