iPhone Fully Loaded

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iPhone 3G Fully Loaded is the one-of-a-kind reference that will show iPhone and iPod Touch users how to put anything and everything on their Apple iPhones or iPod Touches - from old LPs, radio / television shows and movies, to spreadsheets, presentations and PC rescue files. Written by wildly popular technology expert and Chicago Sun Times columnist Andy Ihnatko, this book will be updated with the latest iPhone technology developments, including GPS, MobileMe, the App Store, and how to utilize all the ...
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Overview

iPhone 3G Fully Loaded is the one-of-a-kind reference that will show iPhone and iPod Touch users how to put anything and everything on their Apple iPhones or iPod Touches - from old LPs, radio / television shows and movies, to spreadsheets, presentations and PC rescue files. Written by wildly popular technology expert and Chicago Sun Times columnist Andy Ihnatko, this book will be updated with the latest iPhone technology developments, including GPS, MobileMe, the App Store, and how to utilize all the recently-developed Applications. Appropriate for both for both Mac OS X and Windows users, iPhone Fully Loaded will teach readers more iPhone tips and tricks than any other book on the market. From uploading web pages to downloading television shows and a variety of documents, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, the iPhone does much more than make phone calls, play music, and send e-mail. Full-color throughout, this book will walk readers step-by-step through both common and uncommon tasks to get the most out of their iPhone.
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Apple's iPhone just might be the holy grail: the single device that can really do everything. But only if you stretch it to its limits -- and then a little further. That's what you can do with Andy Ihnatko's iPhone Fully Loaded.

Ihnatko starts with music -- and, since the iPhone doesn't have a hard drive, you'll really appreciate his techniques for making its 4 gigs seem like 40, and automatically freshening your music every time you dock it.

Of course, music's not all you can play through iTunes. Ihnatko covers it all: TV, radio, even (get this) your own DVDs. There's a full chapter on ripping your own DVD library to iPhone-compatible Quicktime files, using CloneDVD on the PC, and Instant HandBrake on the Mac.

Steve Jobs wants you to use his music store, his software, his formats. But, as you've already seen, Ihnatko is out to liberate you. So there's a full chapter on listening to streaming audio that doesn't work through iTunes; and another on finding podcasts that aren't listened in Apple's directory.

Of course, the iPhone's not all "play": this book offers extensive coverage of its productivity tools: calendars, contacts, email (did you know you could listen to all of your current messages as a podcast?). The iPhone doesn't offer spreadsheet or database support, but Ihnatko points you to some nifty web-accessible workarounds. Ihnatko also covers iPhone maps, guides, and translators: everything you need to keep from getting lost, dazed, or confused anywhere on Earth.

Ikhnato, currently a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, has been one of the world's top Apple, Macintosh, and iPod writers for, basically, all of recorded history. He really gets Apple. He clearly gets the iPhone. But most of all, he gets you. Bill Camarda, from the December 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470428764
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Andy Ihnatko is one of the best-known Mac experts and author of the critically acclaimed The Mac OS X Tiger Book as well as iPod Fully Loaded. He has written for nearly every publication with "Mac" in its name and is currently technology columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

The Point of All This xviii

Mouse, Touchpad, and Other Conventions xx

Part I The Basics of Content 1

Chapter 1 Remedial iTunes 3

The Very Very (Very) Basics 4

Importing Files into iTunes 5

Method the First: the Add To Library Command 6

Method the Second: Just Drag It 6

Creating Playlists 7

Plain Old Playlists 7

Smart Playlists 8

Updating Your iPhone 10

What iTunes Can't Do 12

Chapter 2 How to Make 8 Gigabytes Seem Like 80, 32 Seem Like a Terabyte 15

Stretching Storage with Smart Playlists 16

The Rating Game 18

Part II Media from the Real World: Audio and Video 21

Chapter 3 Ripping CDs 23

Ripping CDs 24

Oh, the Trouble 26

The Disc Doesn't Appear in iTunes 26

All the Tracks Are Untitled 27

The File-Format Polka 29

The Settings I Think You Ought to Use 30

File Formats 30

Sound Quality 31

Chapter 4 Ripping DVDs 35

But, Is This Legal? 36

What a Friend We Have in HandBrake 37

Windows Helper: AnyDVD 37

Mac Helper: VIC 38

Okay, Back to HandBrake 39

Chapter 5 Ancient Analog Audio: LPs and Tapes 45

Managing Expectations 46

Technique 1: Turn Your $2,000 PC into a $50 Tape Recorder 47

Technique 2: Throw Some Money at the Problem 48

Cleanup 50

Chapter 6 Old Home Video 53

The Most Digital Solution 54

The Hardware 54

The Software 55

Indirect Solutions with Fringe Benefits 56

DVD Recorders 56

Neuros OSD 57

The Joys of Conversion 57

Chapter 7 Glorious Television 59

TV to PC to iPhone 60

Windows Media Center 61

TV to Mac to iPhone 61

Streaming Live TV to the iPhone 62

A Radical Approach: the DVD Method 64

Where Did All Those Gigabytes Go? 64

Chapter8 Radio 69

The RadioShark 70

Recording Radio Shows 71

RadioShark for Windows 71

RadioShark for Macintosh 73

Reports of Radio's Death 73

Part III The Death of Print 75

Chapter 9 Books and Huge-ish Documents 77

Commercial Books 78

Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader 79

eReader.com 80

Finding (and Making) Your Own Free Books 82

Where to Find Free Books 84

Google Books 86

Ripping a Physical Book: Practical? 87

Chapter 10 Comic Books 91

Finding Free Comics Online 92

Loading Comics onto Your iPhone 94

Longbox Digital: at Long Last, Love? 95

In Defense of the Comix Reader 97

Chapter 11 Comic Strips 99

Stripping for Fun 99

The Newspaper with Great Comics 100

Comic Envi 100

Dark Gate Comic Slurper 101

Chapter 12 Crosswords 107

Just Crosswords 107

Puzzling Directly from the Newspaper of Record 109

Part IV The Internet 113

Chapter 13 News, Blogs, and Bookmarks 115

What's Going on Right Now 115

Digg.com 116

Google News 117

News Apps 117

Blogs and Newsreaders 119

Adding Blog Subscriptions to Google Reader 121

Native Newsreader Apps 122

Bookmarks 124

Chapter 14 What a Friend We Have in RSS 129

RSS has a Wonderful Plan 130

Bookmark Your Favorite Sites 131

Bookmark Your Most Useful Web Searches as RSS Feeds 132

Building Your Own Feeds 133

One of the Best Tips in This Whole Damned Book 135

Chapter 15 The Web, for Keeps 139

The Universal "Keep This Info, Please!" Feature 140

Saving a Web Page to an iPhone-Studly File 141

The Co-Best Answer; Instapaper 143

The Other Co-Best Answer: Stanza 145

Two Freak Solutions for Wikipedia 146

Taking the Whole Damned Wikipedia with You 146

Wikipedia Portable Collections 147

Maps 148

Making Noise: iNewscaster 149

The Windows Edition 149

The Mac Edition 151

iNewsCaster and iTunes 151

A Free, Point-and-Shoot Solution for Mac Users 151

Ending Info-Hunger 153

Chapter 16 Podcasts 155

What Happens with a Podcast 156

The iTunes Podcast Directory 157

The iTunes Podcast Directory 157

Learning More about a Podcast 159

Subscribing to Podcasts through the iTunes Directory 159

Other Podcast Directories 160

Subscribing to a Podcast 161

Managing Podcasts 162

Updating a Podcast Manually 162

Unsubscribing 163

Changing Podcast Settings 163

Syncing Podcasts to Your iPhone 164

Chapter 17 Downloading Music from Places Other than iTunes 169

Downloading Music for Free 170

Why Stealing Music Is, You Know . . . Bad 170

Becoming a Pawn in a Marketing Plan 171

Helping Preserve Our Cultural Heritage 172

Finding Free Music 172

Basic Search 173

Freebies from Music Blogs 174

Googling for Tunes 176

Delicious Music 176

RapidLibrary.com 177

Downloading Music for Pay 178

Chapter 18 Audio Streams 183

Capturing Audio to a File 184

Capturing Audio with Windows: Replay A/V 185

Capturing Audio on a Mac: Audio Hijack Pro 186

Capturing Specific Shows and Stations Automatically 187

Windows: Back to Replay A/V 187

Macintosh: RadioShift 188

Internet Radio on the iPhone: Hail, Pandora! 191

Pandora 191

Rhapsody/Rhapsody to Go 193

Chapter 19 Internet Videos 197

Dead Bloody Simple: Vixy.net 198

Viva Variety: KeepVid 200

Windows: Applian's Replay Converter 201

Macintosh: Video Monkey 202

Superhuman Video Capture for Windows 203

Part V The Office 207

Chapter 20 Putting Terabytes Worth of Files on Your iPhone 209

Why Pushing Files Is a Great Idea 210

Simple but Limited: E-mail 211

File Types the iPhone Can Open without Help 212

Cloud Storage 212

Hail, Dropbox 213

Air Sharing: Finally, the Holy Grail 215

Activating Air Sharing on Your Local Network 217

Using the Air Sharing File Browser 218

And Then, There Was Pogoplug 219

Chapter 21 Calendars and Contacts 225

Dealing with Non-Standard Calendar and Contact Apps 226

How Calendar and Contact Data Get Formatted 226

Importing vCard and iCalendar Data into a Mac 227

Importing vCard and iCalendar Data into a Windows PC 227

The Cheap, Manual Option 228

Chapter 22 Clippings, Notes, and Lists 231

Why Not Notepad? How about Notes? 232

Notes and Ephemera: Evernote 232

Lists and To-Dos: Zenbe Lists 235

Chapter 23 The Office 239

General Approaches 240

Spreadsheets 242

Online Apps 242

A Real iPhone Spreadsheet App: Spreadsheet 244

Onward to Databases 246

Free and Easy Read-Only Databases 246

A "Real" Database App: HanDBase 247

The Sad State of Writing on the iPhone 248

Notebooks, by Alfons Schmid 249

Quickword: a Late Addition 250

Zoho Writer 251

Presentations 252

The Dullest Chapter? Or the Most Exciting? 252

Index 255

Terms 255

URLs 265

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