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Please! Don't kill the iPod Click Wheel!

I'd rather sandpaper my lips off -- I'd end up like Tweek from South Park if I had to browse albums on an iPod like contacts on my iPhone

Gizmodo's Mark Wilson thinks Apple needs to abolish the iPod's Click Wheel because the devices' menus have become horribly long and complicated. While I agree with many of his points, I've never hoped more that an opinion doesn't become reality.

Some people hate the Click Wheel for its inaccuracy, whereas I adore it. On average I'll buy about three CDs a week (Amazon Marketplace for the win), and over the years it's meant I can't fit it all on my 160GB iPod classic.

This makes my list of albums on the iPod unfeasibly lengthy. Trying to browse a list this long on the iPod touch or iPhone frustrates me. It requires massive flicks of the hand on the touchscreen, over and over again, to get from Aborted, Behold... The Arctopus and Cannibal Corpse, down to Tool, Unearth and Vanessa Carlton.

On the iPod classic it takes a couple of seconds of thumb spinning. If you scroll fast enough, the classic speeds up how quickly the alphabet flies past you.

No more Click Wheel? I'd rather sandpaper my lips off -- I'd end up like Tweek from South Park if I had to browse albums on an iPod like contacts on my iPhone.