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Since the debut of the iPod in October 2001 and the unveiling of iTunes in April 2003, Apple has revolutionized the digital music industry. The iPod has outsold all other digital music players, comprising over 70 percent of market sales. Recently, Apple announced that it had sold its one hundred millionth iPod, which makes it the best selling digital music player of all time. Apple sells a variety of iPod models, including the shuffle and the nano. These tiny, musical powerhouses have the ability to hold anywhere...
Since the debut of the iPod in October 2001 and the unveiling of iTunes in April 2003, Apple has revolutionized the digital music industry. The iPod has outsold all other digital music players, comprising over 70 percent of market sales. Recently, Apple announced that it had sold its one hundred millionth iPod, which makes it the best selling digital music player of all time. Apple sells a variety of iPod models, including the shuffle and the nano. These tiny, musical powerhouses have the ability to hold anywhere from 240 to 20,000 songs. That is a lot of music, but what if you do not have that many songs? What else can you do with your iPod? In addition to music, you can look at photos, watch videos of your favorite TV shows or movies, play games, and listen to audio books.
The iPod & iTunes Handbook also contains many tips and tricks, including how to transfer music, photos, videos, and audiobooks to your iPod and vice versa, how to make playlists, how to convert video for the iPod, how to integrate your car, how to burn a CD in iTunes, how to sync your tunes, how to add album art, how to use all the features of iTunes, how use your iPod as a hard drive, how to share your iTunes music, and much more. In addition, this book provides you with information on buying accessories and software for your iPod, such as cases, chargers, docking stations, portable speakers, earphones, cables, headsets, and car kits.
Furthermore, you will discover the best places to buy accessories for your iPod and the Web sites that have the best pointers and free add-ons. Whether you have an iPod or are planning on buying one, whether you have no idea how to use your iPod or think you have mastered it all, you will learn all there is to know about iPods and iTunes by reading this book.
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Posted August 14, 2008
This is the perfect handbook for all iPod and iTunes users, from the absolute and utter novice to the hippest technology buff. Covering everything from the history of the iPod¿s development, to case studies of how people have successfully used iPods to further their careers, to how to use your iPod for PowerPoint presentation, its all here in a clear, easy-to-use and understandable format. The first section of the book explains the history and development of the iPod, its meteoric rise in popularity, and the many manifestations the iPod has had along the way to becoming the world¿s number 1 selling digital music player and the forerunner of the portable multimedia revolution. While fascinating, I suspect most reader will flip right past this section to the nuts and bolts of the book which begins in Section 2, The Basics of Your iPod. For initiates into the digital world, this section is solid gold: not only does Bradford cover how to use the click wheel and how to turn the iPod on and off, he explains in detail how to navigate the iPod¿s display menus and screens. Each submenu of the main menus are listed are discussed. Section 3, 4, and 5 explain iTunes¿what it is, how it can be used and what you can do with it. You¿ll learn to how to use iTunes with an iPod or computer, how to backup music from your hard drive or CD, how to sync content from iTunes software to your iPod, and how to compile smart playlists and burn CDs. The final sections of the book cover every aspect of working with iPod photo and iPod video, how to create your own podcasts, iPod games, and even includes an extensive list of iPod accessories. All of the instructions are written in a plain, numbered format and are light years better than the tiny booklet that comes with your iPod. In fact, this handbook is probably the best way to get the most out of your iPod and iTunes experience.
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Posted July 9, 2008
Mr. Contel Bradford's The iPod and iTunes Handbook is a bold attempt at exploring the portable multimedia currently making waves in our world. The advent of iPod and iTunes has undoubtedly re-engineered the way we enjoy and exchange music, videos and other files. The Handbook explicitly gives comprehensive information on iPod: which includes iPod history how it works viewing photos on iPod playing audiobooks on iPod leaving voice memos on iPod and other iPod functionalities and iPod accessories. Step-by-step instructions on iTunes installation, downloading and accessing are all presented in a way that it makes it easy for anyone to play and enjoy music and videos. You could find how to legally share music, and how you could rip or burn your CDs. This Handbook should be a companion to anyone who cares about the enchantment of music. In it, there is a goldmine of practical information on multimedia in general.
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Posted August 19, 2009
Computer and software makers over the years have reduced their user guides and manuals, giving rise to how-to books by expert users, not to mention a multitude of blogs and online forums. These offer two advantages: One is they can have a less technical "user's manual" voice; the other advantage is it's written from the point of an avid user's view.
Author Contel Bradford is what you might call a "Power User" of iPod and iTunes, the popular brainchild of Apple that has come to dominate the portable digital music market. Following the sage advice of writing teachers everywhere, Contel writes what he knows. And he knows iPod.
In "The iPod & iTunes Handbook" he walks you through the basics of iPod and iTunes (with guidelines for Mac and PC configurations) and then he tells you the secrets of how to be an advanced user. He covers the music, podcasts, video, manually syncing the iPod with iTunes and other devices (useful if you - and your kids- have more than one iPod and/or more than one computer managing iTunes files).
Bradford devotes a fair amount of his book to the history of iTunes and the iPod and Apple's role in the industry as well as that of competing media players (such as Zune) and systems (such as Rhapsody) and pioneers including the Rio player. Although he's clearly an iPod devotee, Bradford readily acknowledges that it's not the only game in town and he explores what some of the others have to offer.
He doesn't shy away from the controversies and criticisms, either. Copyright issues have always been in the thick of digital media developments (Remember the war over Napster?). Digital rights management, or DRM, is one of the issues that linger in the portable multimedia industry, although many industry watchers now predict that such limitations on the distribution of copies will soon end.
A quibble: Although it's pretty, I found the Mona Lisa headline font a little difficult to read (I know, this kind of comment probably makes typographers and graphic designers grind their teeth. Sorry).
But if you'd like to maximize your powerful little media player, take some time to look into "The iPod & iTunes Handbook." Make those earbuds work overtime.
Posted August 10, 2009
iPods and "portable media" are everywhere, but do you really know the inside scoop? If you feel left behind by this revolution, this book is for you. With in-depth instruction, a well-written history of the iPod and easy-to-read prose, a self-education on all things iPod and iTunes is within your grasp.
One of the neat features of this book is it's in-depth reporting on the iPod/Apple/iTunes history, and each "generation" and model of iPod, how they work and which to choose for whatever function the user prefers. From the very first Mp3 players to video iPods and Shuffles, there's not only detailed instructions but well-balanced reviews on each, as well as a section on "other Mp3 options".
Detailed technical instructions can sometimes be about as interesting as reading the phone book, but these feel like a conversation with a technologically savvy friend, who fills the reader in on all the latest advances, from inner workings to album art, with a warm and intelligent style.
Posted June 6, 2009
Interviewed by Contel Bradford for this fab book!
A few months ago, I was interviewed about how I use my iPod. Of course, I use it for listening to music, but that is not the primary reason I got one. I wanted an iPod so I could listen to my writing podcast on the go.
I answered Contel's interview questions via email and thought no more of it. This week I went to my mailbox and found a book: The iPod & iTunes Handbook by Contel Bradford. At first, I thought it was a book from a guest who was asking to appear on my podcast. After opening the package I was confused for a moment. I had not had a recent query from the author of that book. Then, it dawned on me. This is the book that I gave an interview for. Not only did Contel give my full response, but book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about using an iPod or downloading from iTunes.
I have a MacBook and a PC. One day I was using the PC and my husband was using the MacBook to download songs from iTunes. Later he wanted to transfer them to my iPod for a trip we were about to make. Big problem. Neither of us could figure out how to get the purchased songs from the Mac onto the iPod without erasing everything I already had on the iPod during the sync. Guess what? How to manually sync only certain songs is described on pages 76-77 in Contel's book!
From the basics of how to turn off or unfreeze your iPod to tips and tricks about changing the album art, this book contains it all. It even includes a detailed history of how the iPod and iTunes came into existence and the features available on each model.
I really appreciate the chance to be featured in the book along with many of my writing friends, but I also know I will be using this book as a much-needed reference manual.
Posted June 25, 2008
The iPod and iTunes Handbook is, in this reviewer's opinion, the source anyone needs if they have any questions regarding their iPod or iTunes. The extensiveness this manual went through, consisting of more than 270 pages of no more than simply informative text, from how to install your iPod and iTunes, to transferring from a Mac to a PC, and vice versa. The extent that the author, Contel Bradford, goes to is admirable, as he covers everything needed, and more so. First and foremost, it needs to be noted that not only does Bradford go into extraordinary detail regarding the now legendary Apple products, but he also covers some of the other options that people can pick, from different MP3 players 'Creative ZEN and the Microsoft Zune' to the different music players like iTunes 'Music Match and Rhapsody'. It's noteworthy, because while this is obviously a manual about the Apple products, he goes out of his way to add that there are other options, and perhaps people may want to take a look at them. br Also, he does a case study with one individual who details their experience regarding their iPod. Evolving from an individual that didn't want to buy one, thinking that the iPod was just another gimmick, to receiving one as a gift for Christmas and being 'tickled pink' by it. It's incredible the depth that Bradford has gone to in completing this manuscript. He details each generation of the iPod, and outlines how improvements were made, as well as some of the features that may have been lost over the years. He tackles the different versions of iPods, such as the Nano, to the Video, to the Shuffle. He details all the features of each version, outlining why some people might not need the Video, and would be better off spending their money on another version. Or why the Video may be so important to some. He does it all in a style that made this reviewer glad to be reading it. He didn't put me to sleep, as some guides do. He kept me interested in what I was reading about, and he made me confident that I could answer any question I had regarding the iPod or iTunes just by picking up his manual whenever I needed it. As an added bonus, as with other Atlantic Publishing Group releases, proceeds from the sales of this manual will go to the Humane Society of the United States. So you can feel good about buying this manual, not just because you will gain a wealth of knowledge, but also because you are helping a great cause. Something not easily passed up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2008
¿The iPod and iTunes Handbook¿ I have owned an iPod for about a year now, and was really surprised at how helpful this guide was! I am competent (maybe not efficient though!) at getting music onto my iPod, but there is so much more you can do! If you want to know all the ins and outs of your iPod this is the guide for you! This book provides so many tips to get your iPod performing its best. iPod radio wasn¿t a function I used much before reading this guide. Now I do because it showed me how to add radio stations through iTunes that did not appear on the iPod. There is good music to be found aside from mainstream pop using this feature. If you have never listened to or viewed a podcast, but are curious this book is very informative. Comedy Central and the New York times both have some very good podcasts, and this guide shows you exactly how to get them. The best part¿they are all free! This book teaches you how to share your music and access shared music, it explains how to load photo and video (even home video for Mac and Windows), how to create slideshows, and how to run the slideshow on your TV, it explains how to manually and automatically sync all media formats to your iPod, how to use audio books, how to rip audio books from cassette to iPod, how to set and use your equalizer, how to download and play games (including cheats), how to use sleep timers and alarms, how to record and use voice memos, how to use your iPod as a hard drive, and more! It gives tips and tricks for everything! If you want to do everything possible with your iPod and iTunes, this book is a wonderful resource!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2008
The iPod and iTunes Hanbook is very comprehensive, clean, and well-structured. Bradford¿s narrative procedure allows the reader to feel comfortable with the technology. Providing step-by-step instructions in this narrative form entices the reader, thus providing them with vital information in regards to ¿how to¿ operate their iPod and iTunes software. The beginning starts with a brief, yet extensive history to the creation of the iPod/iTunes mania throughout the various generations¿both for Apple and for the customer. The discussion of many of the features un-utilized by the average American is useful information for those customers who are looking to get the full use of their iPod or iTunes, especially with the newer generations of the iPod, including videos. The best feature is the case studies throughout. They inspire the reader to want to learn how to really use their iTunes/iPod to their advantage, especially as a freelancer¿writer, poet, etc. The generation of the iPod/iTunes has taken over the market and is expanding. The text reflects this well by mentioning Apple¿s continued development, but also notes that Apple shouldn¿t ¿fix/change something that is broken,¿ unlike its counterpart¿Microsoft. Chapter 10 seems like a great idea to explore ¿what else is out there¿ for the iPod generation though slightly misplaced, I¿d suggest this chapter to be moved to the end of the text. It¿s not as interesting to the reader as the ¿Tips and Tricks¿ 'Chapter 13' chapter¿which most American teenagers would enjoy¿explaining the expanding electronic/internet world, including using ¿YouTube on Your iPod.¿ Overall, if you¿re looking for a handbook to demonstrate the essentials of your ¿i¿ generation or teach you something new, this book has it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2008
The way we listen to music has evolved over the years from great clunky phonographs that, whatever their charm to some people, forced listening to be a major operation and rigidly communal, all the way to the intimate, private, and portable iPod. The world is in love with iPods--small, streamlined, even stylish. But for some of us, those of us not members of the thumbs generation, for whom 'backlight' brings to mind more of the theater than of a small cellphone or iPod screen, the job of managing this simple modern convenience remains all but impossible. Our iPods come with manuals and 'help' features with their software--but the more intricate, and sometimes even the most simple, operations remain opaque to some of us. What is a shuffle? How does one get a film from a DVD into an iPod? You can record on an iPod?! How does it work with iTunes? In this extremely easy-to-follow book, these questions and many more are comprehensively answered. This book contains information for everyone--it assumes nothing, so that my Grandpa who still can't figure out how to turn his iPod on could profit just as much as my cousin, who uses hers every day but needs some advanced tips on getting the most out of it with the calendar and voice memo features. Divided into short chapters and prefaced by a clear and simple table of contents, this book is eminently navigable, useful as a reference work when you have an emergency--for example when your iPod freezes--but it is also incrementally written so that by reading it straight through you will not feel like you are reading the dictionary but like you are gradually learning a subject. Even apart from these obvious benefits of utility, the beginning of this book--a history of the iPod--makes a good read. It's a success story, but not just that--it chronicles the rise of digital music and also the pitfalls of legality and music sharing that come together in the history of this device. The iPod is a fundamental part of our culture not merely as an icon and ubiquitous commodity, but as a rally point for some of the most violent debates about commerce, copyright and the music industry. This book will open the world of iPod for the first time to some people and open it further for others. It is useful for almost anyone--and absolutely necessary for my Grandpa. I give it a five.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2008
Mr. Contel Bradford's The iPod and iTunes Handbook is a bold attempt at exploring the portable multimedia currently making waves in our world. The advent of iPod and iTunes has undoubtedly re-engineered the way we enjoy and exchange music, videos and other files. The Handbook explicitly gives comprehensive information on iPod: which includes iPod history how it works viewing photos on iPod playing audiobooks on iPod leaving voice memos on iPod and other iPod functionalities and iPod accessories. Step-by-step instructions on iTunes installation, downloading and accessing are all presented in a way that it makes it easy for anyone to play and enjoy music and videos. You could find how to legally share music, and how you could rip or burn your CDs. This Handbook should be a companion to anyone who cares about the enchantment of music. In it, there is a goldmine of practical information on multimedia in general.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.