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Student Goes Viral After Managing To Recreate iPod Classic On His iPhone

Student Goes Viral After Managing To Recreate iPod Classic On His iPhone

A talented student has managed to give us all the ultimate throwback after managing to recreate the iconic iPod Classic on his phone.

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Elvin Hu, a designer, developer, artist and student from New York City, shared his amazing 'work-in-progress app' on Twitter, writing: "Turned my iPhone into an iPod Classic with Click Wheel and Cover Flow with #SwiftUI."

It immediately hurled the internet into the throes of nostalgia, with many pleading wistfully with Hu to release his work as a legitimate app.

Hu, 23, told LADbible: "I've been working on this project since October and whether I can release it or not does depend on whether Apple approve it, and I believe they have legitimate reasons not to (patents and other reasons).

"I might release it as an open source project after seeing the response from the community.

"I'm still in school so I can't work on it full time but I'm hoping to finish it by the end of December."

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Elvin Hu, 23. Credit: Elvin Hu
Elvin Hu, 23. Credit: Elvin Hu

Hu said he's been blown away by the reaction online, having seen his demo travel across the globe and even into the laps of some widely-respected tech heads.

He said: "I tweeted the video out as a demo of how SwiftUI can be used in real apps, rather than an app I want to put on the App Store (due to patent related reasons), but people outside of the tech community have given me a response much wilder than I expected.

"People across the world are posting their nostalgic feeling about the iPod classic, of course - I think the tweet was the headline in the US, Spain, Russia on Twitter and people have posted it onto Weibo in China.

"But people in China and Japan also noticed I used Kuraki Mai's albums in the demo, which made them feel nostalgic in another way, as she is a famous singer in Japan who is celebrating her 20th anniversary this year."

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Credit: Twitter/Elvin Hu
Credit: Twitter/Elvin Hu

Hu said it wasn't particularly easy to create the demo - especially as he never actually owned an iPod Classic himself.

"I got particularly interested in the iPod Classic last month honestly because I was working on writing a paper about its development," he explained.

"I've never owned one myself - I still want one - but I've bought it as a gift for my twin sister the first time I came to the United States by myself in 2013."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He continued: "I've always been a fan of Apple products since when I was a kid. Before my family could afford one, I would draw the UI layout of iPhone on lids of Ferrero Rocher boxes.

"Their products (among other products, such as Windows Vista and Zune HD) have greatly influenced my decision of pursuing design as a career - my career probably wouldn't have happened without the products they've made.

"This morning I woke up to find out that Tony Fadell (the inventor of iPod, often referred to as the Father of iPod) had retweeted the project and was hugely surprised."

He even managed to impress the 'father of the iPod', Tony Fadell. Credit: PA
He even managed to impress the 'father of the iPod', Tony Fadell. Credit: PA

Encouraged by the feedback he's received already for his work, one day Hu hopes he might be able to work for the company that has not only inspired him, but also helped shape his career.

"I guess it's their focus on creating better tools for people all round the world to empower them achieve more with technology and their commitment to privacy," he said.

"Tim Cook [Apple CEO] is also someone who inspired me a lot. I had the chance to meet with him in 2018 and mentioned to him that I learned a lot of English from watching Apple keynotes.

"I ran into him again this year, and he told me he remembered what I told him last year. We chatted and I thanked him for everything he's done for the LGBT community (he gave me the courage to come out as gay in 2015), and... in the end took a 'slofie' with him."

C'mon, Apple. Get this guy in for an interview!

Featured Image Credit: Elvin Hu

Topics: Viral, Phones and Gadgets, Daily Ladness, Technology, Apple, iPhone

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]