iPod and iTunes: The Missing Manual


The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman.

In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of ...
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The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman.

In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts like these:

iPod as PalmPilot. The iPod can suck in your calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as an alarm clock and stopwatch.

iPod as hard drive. You can use your iPod to carry gigantic files from place to place.

iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of scrolling through recipes, driving directions, and even Web pages.

iPod as GameBoy. The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition is much more than it seems, too. It not only covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini, it's also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows.

No matter what kind of music moves you, iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition will help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it.
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That itsy-bitsy square pamphlet is your Pod User's Guide? That's all? It might be different if your iPod was as dumb as the typical MP3 player. But it's not. If only someone would show you everything it can do. Someone will: J. D. Biersdorfer.

Her book's a perfect match for the iPod: simple, useful, fun. It's all you need to know, plus all you want to know. (Those earbuds? Neodymium drivers in there, a rare earth that's five times more powerful than aluminum.)

If it's new to the iPod/iTunes universe, she covers it. The latest hardware -- including iPod "Mini." The new iTunes for Windows. iPod shareware for Windows. New Mac and Windows-specific troubleshooting techniques. The latest scoop on iPod battery life.

You'll walk step-by-step through syncing -- even installing a FireWire card in a Windows PC. This edition adds "variations on Auto-Transfer" -- for example, syncing only some of your tunes, and how to sync if you're using iPod primarily as a portable hard drive.

There's a full chapter on digital music formats: both MP3 and Apple's super-high-quality (albeit restricted) AAC format. Biersdorfer next turns to software: iTunes, MusicMatch Jukebox for Windows, and even shareware. On both platforms, you'll walk through ripping CDs, importing music files, deleting songs, playing music, managing your music library, even tuning into Internet radio.

There's thorough coverage of iTunes Music Store: even AOL downloads. Want to use your iPod as a boombox or car stereo audio source? Want a better replacement case? It's all here. So are full instructions for iPod's calendar and address book. Enough to make the thing tax deductible? Hmmm… 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006587
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2004
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D Biersdorfer is the author of iPod: The Missing Manual and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book, and is co-author of The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998.

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Table of Contents

The Missing CreditsIntroductioniPod: The HardwarePart One\ iPod\ The Hardware

  • Chapter 1: Meet the iPodMeet the iPod

  • Chapter 2: The iPod Sync ConnectionThe iPod Sync Connection

iPod: The SoftwarePart Two\ iPod\ The Software
  • Chapter 3: Digital Audio FormatsDigital Audio Formats

  • Chapter 4: iTunes for Macintosh and WindowsiTunes for Macintosh and Windows

  • Chapter 5: MusicMatch Jukebox for WindowsMusicMatch Jukebox for Windows

  • Chapter 6: The iTunes Music StoreThe iTunes Music Store

Beyond the Music
  • Chapter 7: iPod as Address BookiPod as Address Book

  • Chapter 8: iPod as CalendariPod as Calendar

  • Chapter 9: iPod Games and eBooksiPod Games and eBooks

  • Chapter 10: iSync

  • Chapter 11: The iPod as Hard DriveThe iPod as Hard Drive

Extreme iPodding
  • Chapter 12: Connecting the iPod to Other Audio Systems

  • Chapter 13: Hot Hacks and Cool Tools

  • Chapter 14: iStuff

  • Chapter 15: Troubleshooting

  • Chapter 16: iPod on the Web

  • iTunes, Menu by Menu
  • MusicMatch Jukebox Plus, Menu by Menu
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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 Group

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  • Anonymous

    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 - 5/28/04

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