Hacking iPod + iTunes (ExtremeTech Series)

Hacking iPod + iTunes (ExtremeTech Series)

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by Scott Knaster
     
 
  • Put on the headphones and crank up the action! Here's the one and only, ultimate guide for music junkies looking to squeeze every possible bit of potential from their beloved iPods, both Mac and Windows versions
  • Legendary Mac maven Scott Knaster shares more than 100 hacks, tweaks, and mods that unlock both the musical and non-musical tricks in the iPod's

Overview

  • Put on the headphones and crank up the action! Here's the one and only, ultimate guide for music junkies looking to squeeze every possible bit of potential from their beloved iPods, both Mac and Windows versions
  • Legendary Mac maven Scott Knaster shares more than 100 hacks, tweaks, and mods that unlock both the musical and non-musical tricks in the iPod's repertoire
  • Since iPod is the constant companion of music lovers everywhere, they'll groove to the discovery of how to make it download headlines, stock quotes, even driving directions; become a Bluetooth transmitter; or run Linux-and that's before they learn to create and play adventure games with it
  • In this latest offering from ExtremeTech, readers learn to tweak Gracenote CDDB in iTunes, hack their own iTunes music library and album covers, and more
  • According to Apple's research, an iPod is sold nearly every thirty seconds
  • iTunes owns digital music-more than eighty percent of legal music downloads, over seventeen million songs, have come from iTunes since its launch



Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The technical guff is kept separate… (with) lots of little tips aimed at making your life as an iPod user easier." (Shetland Times, 3rd December 2004)

"…a legendary Mac hacker explores the nooks and crannies of iTunes and the iPod…" (Publishing News, 22nd March 04)

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Buy iPod. Press button. Hear music. If that’s all you want from your iPod, fine. But it can do lots more than that. With a little tweaking, even more. And, hey, it wasn’t cheap. So why not get everything out of your iPod that you can? Scott Knaster’s Hacking iPod and iTunes is the place to start.

Knaster, who co-wrote Mac Toys, begins with built-in iPod and iTunes features you probably haven't fully explored yet. For example: Smart Playlists to keep your music fresh, Equalizer to tweak sound quality, and Sound Check to keep volumes level. Next, there’s a full chapter on using iPod’s built-in non-music features: recording voice memos, storing digital photos, using your iPod as an external disk drive; integrating iPod’s contact and calendar with Microsoft Outlook; and more.

If you’re running your iPod with a Mac, you can automate all sorts of interesting activities with AppleScripts. As Knaster shows you, you don’t even have to write those scripts yourself -- just download ’em. For example, Knaster covers scripts that help you clean up duplicate or “dead” tracks; and others that transform your iPod into an alarm clock or sleep timer.

There are some great tips on getting music into your iPod -- from capturing streams (and whatever else your computer might be playing) to ripping “stubborn” CDs. You’ll find loads of hardware tips, too: sharing your iPod with a splitter, connecting to your car stereo, finding an iPod wireless remote, and more. From burning mix DVDs to finding Visualizer plug-ins, this is your No. 1 source of great iPod ideas. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764569845
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
ExtremeTech Series, #11
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Knaster is a legendary Mac hacker with a number of books to his credit, including Macintosh Programming Secrets, which has achieved cult status among Mac programmers. He is the coauthor of Mac Toys, also published by Wiley, and the proud owner of several hacked iPods and every issue of Mad magazine.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, really helpful in getting the most out of your iPod. Shows some neat tweeks for iTunes as well. Covers the basics of how to setup your iPod with iTunes and begin downloading music, to the more complicated things like inputting your calendar and contact info into your iPod. Well worth the money in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Jobs and Apple have a consistent genius for providing a cool technological tool that quickly represents a zeitgeist. Most recently exemplified by the iPod. This deceptively little wearable gadget is the subject of half the book. The other half concerns iTunes, which is almost as popular. Knaster takes you beyond the official Apple-sanctioned capabilities. He shows how to do such fundamental actions as overwrite the operating system of the iPod with linux. You can't get more basic than that! Potentially, this opens up the iPod hardware to anything a linux programmer can dream and implement. Taking full advantage of the open source movement. Of all the things Knaster discusses, this is the most important. The other tasks are nice, but very specific. This linux installation is open ended. If you are indeed a skilled programmer, check carefully this part of the book. Maybe there is something novel you can design.