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Posted October 24, 2006
One of the worst written ipod books out there
I was really looking forward to this book, but the writing style is so off-putting and the 'tidbits' and 'tips' so inane I have to give it one dot. What could be said in less than a paragraph is stretched out to pages. The author's desire to be 'hip' so over shadows the content, it's hard to figure out what he truly recommends or what he actually said. I know the author is a big name in the Mac world, but that doesn't excuse the fact he tried way too hard to be hip in place of simply imparting some great information. And the reviews of some of the products he writes about makes me wonder if he really did use them or if he simply read the 'back of the box'. I would not recommend this book for any newbie, nor would I recommend it to someone who is an experienced ipod user. I learned far less from this book than I did the excellent, less snarky Rough Guides iPod book. It's too bad this book lacked a good editor that could have shaped it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2006
Not your father's iPod!
Title: iPod Fully Loaded Author: Andy Ihnatko Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2007) ISBN 978-0-470-04950-1 Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group I¿ve enjoyed Andy Ihnatko¿s shtick for years and this book is not wanting in that department. In fact, his inanities occasionally get in the way a little here. However, I laughed, I read and I learned ¿ a lot. This is not your basic How-to-use-an-iPod book, in fact if you¿re a new iPodder, you¿d better get your basics down first. This book is for the iPodophiles who want to expand their horizons beyond mere music. Beyond music on an iPod that is made especially FOR music, you ask? Yes, indeed! Here are just a few of the things you can do with your iPod. As Ihnatko says, ¿If you¿ve got it, you can iPod it.¿ He¿s good at explaining how ¿ and some of it requires lots of patience. OK, it¿s easy to download music and rip it from CD¿s but how about from your old tapes and vinyl? How about putting movies from your own DVDs on your video iPod? How about streaming radio? How about TV shows so you can perform mobile time-shifts? There is a large section of the book devoted to grabbing text of all kinds and adding them to the iPod¿s Notes file ¿ your daily email, documents, database information and, yes, even spreadsheet information. Speaking of esoteric uses for the iPod, how about converting websites to audio or text files so you can download and listen to the news feeds while driving to work in the morning! How about capturing Internet video on the video iPod? The book has a good section on backups and also on Automator. Ihnatko is a big fan and provides convincing reasons to open it up and get involved. Many Mac users don¿t really understand its power and utility. Andy Ihnatko¿s witty crazyness kept me reading through entire chapters instead of skipping around they way I normally do with books like this. 275 pages and I read `em all - a First, I think. If you¿re an addicted iPodder, you¿ll look at your iPod in an entirely new light after reading this book! Recommended reading. --Curt Blanchard ¿ 12/5/05Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.