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iPod and iTunes: The Missing Manual
     

iPod and iTunes: The Missing Manual

by J. D. Biersdorfer, Biersdorfer J. D.
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008772
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/20/2005
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.02(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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