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Posted November 28, 2006
VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Do you want to get the most out of your multimedia superstar? If you do, then this book is for you. Author J D Biersdorfer, has done an outstanding job of writing a 4th edition of a book that lets your inner designer come out and play. Biersdorfer, begins by showing you what's inside the box for a full-size iPod Nano. Then, the author discusses the concept of iPod as a Satellite to Your Computer. Next, she shows you how to tap the full potential of iPod. Then, she covers MP3 and other music formats, including the main iPod-approved format. The author continues by exploring iPod's other treats for your ears and eyes. Next, she looks inside the iTunes Music store, and how to shop it. The author also explains the simple procedures for playing your iPod songs through the woofers and tweeters in your life. Then, she shows you how to take your iPod skills to the next level. Finally, she shows you how to troubleshoot the iTunes Music Store. This most excellent book is a one-stop shopping for iPod reference and information. More importantly, you'll also find heaping helpings of the Three T's: tips, tricks and troubleshooting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2005
many interactions with a desktop machine
Apple's iPod has achieved iconic status. On a par with its 1980s Mac. So this book might interest the many people who lug around iPods. It thoughtfully also covers the Shuffle. The book shows the elegant user interface design of both devices. Makes it clear that Apple does not lack for ingenuity. Much of the book is taken up with revealing the considerable range of options for copying data to an iPod. From a Mac, naturally. But, crucially, also from a Microsoft machine. Apple has gone to some lengths to outreach to the 97% of the desktop market that does not use a Mac. There is a surprising amount that can be done with the iPod when connecting to a desktop machine. Hard to predict from the minimalist UI. The book also mentions Apple's offer of membership in mac.com for $100/year. You get 250Mb of disk space and an email account and a web page and sundry extras. Intriguing. Though the 250Mb for email or file storage is now no bargain, when Yahoo, Hotmail and Google at least match this. Still, Apple has successfully charged a premium for many of its other offerings. So perhaps .mac will fly as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2005
iPod & iTunes, 3rd Edition - Highly recommended!
Title: iPod & iTunes, Third Edition Author: J. D. Biersdorfer Edited by David Pogue Publisher: Pogue Press/O¿Reilly & Associates, April, 2005 ISBN: 0-596-00877-5 Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group In less than four years, the iPod has matured from a slick, techno-gadget to a mainstream music essential. Those iconic white earbuds tell the world that the wearer is a member of an exclusive club of hip, musical cognoscenti. But wait, exclusive? iPods are now everywhere, they don¿t require exotic technical skills and, as of January, even the excuse about their being too expensive has fallen away. iPod¿s pricing strategy starts with the ultra-cool Shuffle at $99 and goes up in $50 increments to the largest capacity iPod Photo which tops out at $449.00. To get the most from your iPod and the whole iPod experience, you really need to do a little reading because the many things you can do with your iPod expand with each iteration. It¿s a bird, it¿s a plane, it¿s a jukebox, a PDA, a portable hard drive, a GameBoy and now, it¿s even a slide projector! A whole business segment has grown up around these little wonders and the number of special features, auxiliary applications, accessories, add-ons, cases, covers and, yes, even, hacks is overwhelming. To the rescue, once again, comes O¿Reilly Press with another fine addition to their wonderful Missing Manual series. This time, it¿s iPod & iTunes, Third Edition. O¿Reilly¿s been paying close attention here - they have published three editions of this book in as many years. From the beginning, it has been informative and a must read for new iPodders. J. D. Biersdorfer holds a firm grip on the technical side of things while keeping her writing style refreshingly entertaining¿not an easy assignment given that this is essentially a 400 page technical manual. Her wit and good hearted cynicism make this book a pleasure to read - and learn from. After thoroughly exploring the iPod, the book continues with excellent coverage of iTunes, which has also matured in many significant ways. In the beginning, iTunes was for Macs only and so was the Music Store. When Apple opened the doors to the PC world, the rest is history. iTunes library now offers over one million songs and the list has grown to include audiobooks and lots of exclusive content. I¿m not suggesting that you read this book from cover-to-cover but, if you are a serious (or new) iPodder, this is an essential reference book that should be on your bookshelf . Highly recommended. --Curt Blanchard Tucson Macintosh Users GroupWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2004
A must-read for iPods & iTunes!
Title: iPod & iTunes, Second Edition Author: J. D. Biersdorfer Edited by David Pogue Publisher: Pogue Press/O¿Reilly & Associates, February, 2004 ISBN: 0-596-00658-6 Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group The Missing Manual books from Pogue Press/ O¿Reilly have another publication in their outstanding series. iPod & iTunes (Second Edition) is a 350 page follow-up to the original iPod Missing Manual published in July, 2003. Once again, J. D. Biersdorfer takes the helm (David Pogue edits) and does a masterful job of handling the complexities of a couple of seemingly simple things. One of Apple¿s greatest strengths from the very beginning has been their ability to take a complex piece of software or hardware and make it nonchalantly intuitive while keeping a vigilant and attentive eye on ease-of- use. Both iTunes (software) and iPod (hardware) are fine examples of this. Both can be used without reading a single page of instruction. (Try THAT on a PC!) However, underneath their friendly, simple faces, lie things that is deceptively robust approaching near pro levels. The iTunes application, part of the iLife suite, which was not covered in the first edition, and is now explored in detail - the latest and greatest version being iTunes 4.5. J. D. Biersdorfer treats it in her usual thorough way without making it heavy or gooey to read and absorb. (This is a real skill. Why are Mac writers able to do this better?) About a third of the book deals with iTunes, its formats, playlists and how to rip music so it will burn onto CDs or get sucked into the iPod properly. The iPod takes up the rest of this comprehensive book. Who knew so much could be written about such a miniscule machine which is now smaller than a stack of business cards! Yes, the iPod Mini is covered as well. These marvels of miniaturization are not just sophisticated a Walkman, at their hearts are real hard disks that can make the iPod an ideal place to download images from your digital camera, can masquerade as a GameBoy, an Alarm Clock, an address book and calendar, a player of audio books or even an external, bootable hard drive. Yes, iPods record data just as well as music! The book will lead you through the ins and outs of playing and recording music, importing calendars and contacts, syncing with your desktop machine, connecting to home and car audio systems and lots more. There is even a wealth of iPod accessories and shareware apps. To be fair, this book is dual-platform and devotes equal time to Mac and PC step-by-step instructions. Both are treated with respect and are given the time and space required to explain the differences. The Mac platform is the native one, of course. Both are Apple products Last year, I wrote enthusiastically about the first edition, but now I heartily endorse this new Second Edition, iPod & iTunes. It covers so much more - mostly because so much more is now available - the iPod Mini, iTunes 4.5 and an ever- expanding list of exciting accessories. If you have an iPod, you really need this book, if you don¿t have one yet, read this book and you¿ll want one! --Curt Blanchard - 5/28/04Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.