Ilounge is reporting that new Ipod Classic and 3rd-generation Nano owners are finding that they’re going to have to pony up another $4.99 for those games they bought to play on the previous version of the Ipod. Apple claims that the games have been “reformatted” for use in the new Ipods and users shouldn’t expect the old games they bought to work on the new Ipods. Scummy. No, wait, let me rephrase that: scuuuuuuuuuummmmmmy (say that with a lot of emphasis.) Who in their right mind would expect a game they purchased to not be usable on later versions? Note to Apple: it’s called “backwards compatibility.” You might want to think about checking out that concept. With the little slip-ups we’ve been seeing here lately, like the piss-poor Itunes 7, Iphone pricing controversy, and other little things here and there, I’m beginning to think we’re starting to see Apple slip back into the irrelevance in which they found themselves back in the 90s. Keep pissing buyers off, Steve Jobs, and it will happen.
I suspect that we’ll see a change in this policy pretty quickly – just like Apple did for Iphone owners, I’ll be that game buyers will find themselves either getting free upgrades, as they should get, or getting some kind of voucher at the Itunes store if they already forked over for the “upgrades” to their games.