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Learn what you can do with iPod Touch and its multi-touch interface, 3.5-inch widescreen display and Wi-Fi browsing capabilities. Get to know the redesigned iPod Nano...

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Overview

With iPod touch, Apple's sleek little entertainment center has entered a whole new realm, and the ultimate iPod book is ready to take you on a complete guided tour. As breathtaking and satisfying as its subject, iPod: The Missing Manual gives you a no-nonsense view of everything in the "sixth generation" iPod line.

Learn what you can do with iPod Touch and its multi-touch interface, 3.5-inch widescreen display and Wi-Fi browsing capabilities. Get to know the redesigned iPod Nano with its larger display and video storage capacity. It's all right here. The 6th edition sports easy-to-follow color graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance on the most useful things your iPod can do. Topics include:

  • Out of the box and into your ears. Learn how to install iTunes, load music on your iPod, and get rid of that dang flashing "Do not disconnect" message.
  • Bopping around the iPod. Whether you've got a tiny Shuffle, a Nano, the Classic, or the new Touch, you'll learn everything from turning your iPod off and on to charging your iPod without a computer. Special coverage for iPod owners with trickster friends: How to reset the iPod's menus to English if they've been changed to, say, Korean.
  • In tune with iTunes. iTunes can do far more than your father's jukebox. Learn how to pick and choose which parts of your iTunes library loads onto your iPod, how to move your sacred iTunes Folder to a bigger hard drive, and how to add album covers to your growing collection.
  • The power of the 'Pod. Download movies and TV shows, play photo slideshows, find cool podcasts, and more: this book shows you how to unleash all your iPod's power.
  • iPod is simply the best music player available, and this is the manual that should have come with it.

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What could be more exciting than to open up that new iPod box? There’s your iPod, nestled safely in its own little plastic insert, with its own little cellophane wrapper announcing, “Don’t Steal Music.” There are your earbud headphones, your FireWire cable, power adapter, dock, carrying case, software CD, warranty card, maybe even a remote control. And there’s…that’s your iPod User’s Guide? That itsy-bitsy folder? That’s all?

It might be different if your iPod were as dumb as the typical MP3 player. But, shucks, it’s not. The darned thing can track your appointments. Even if you only intend to use it for music, it can do a whole lot more than you might expect -- if only someone would tell you how. Especially when you take into account the software it comes with.

The solution? iPod: The Missing Manual. Gadget lover and New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer has written a book that’s a perfect match for the iPod: simple, useful, and fun. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPod, along with a bunch of stuff that’s just plain cool to know. (Those earbuds? Those aren’t just aluminum or cobalt drivers in there: that’s neodymium, a rare-earth material that’s five times more powerful. Tell ’em that at your next cocktail party.)

Biersdorfer walks you through each of your iPod’s menus, showing (for example) how to create On-the-Go Playlists (new to the 2003 iPods -- before that, you had to download all your playlists from your computer). You’ll learn how to control your backlight (it’s pretty, but a huge battery drain: If you’re spinning tunes in a dark club, leave it Always On, but make darned sure you’re running on AC current.)

Next, you’ll walk through establishing your FireWire connection and syncing -- including installing a FireWire card if you’re running iPod on a Windows PC. (Biersdorfer covers both Mac and Windows iPods, which are growing increasingly alike and will be even more alike when Apple introduces iTunes for Windows).

There’s a full chapter on digital music formats: both MP3 and the impressive (albeit restricted) AAC format. AAC compressed at 128 kbps stereo is tough to distinguish from uncompressed audio sources. Wish you could say that about MP3.

She next turns to software: both iTunes for Macintosh and MusicMatch Jukebox for Windows. On both platforms, you’ll walk through ripping CDs, importing music files, deleting songs, playing music, and managing your music library. Biersdorfer even covers the software’s nifty Internet radio features.

Older iPod books didn’t have the opportunity to cover Apple’s new iTunes Music Store. This one does, discussing everything from shopping to billing. (Biersdorfer’s even reprinted Scott Taylor’s hilarious iTunes Music Store parody, to the tune of Billy Joel’s "Piano Man.")

Biersdorfer covers using your iPod as a boom box or connecting it to your car stereo. Where to update its internal software. Who offers a replacement case that doesn’t cover the screen or keep you from using the front-panel buttons. And, of course, iPod’s calendar and address book mini-applications. (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 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596514914
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.57 (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 of "Google: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition." She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998. She currently co-hosts the weekly NYT Tech Talk podcast and has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. She lives in New York City.

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Chapter 1: Meet the iPod: Out of the Box and into Your Ears in 15 Minutes

Chapter 2: Bopping Around the iPod Classic, Nano, and Shuffle

Chapter 3: Touring the Touch

Chapter 4: iTunes Basics

Chapter 5: iTunes Power Moves

Chapter 6: The Power of Playlists

Chapter 7: Shop the iTunes Store

Chapter 8: Videos Everywhere

Chapter 9: Picturing Your Photos on the iPod

Chapter 10: The iPod as Personal Assistant

Chapter 11: iPod Touch(ing) the Web

Chapter 12: iPod Out Loud

Chapter 13: What to Do When the iPod Isn't Working Right

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

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    Covers iPod & iTunes

    Color close-ups and screenshots from both iPods and iTunes will help you go far beyond the elementary interactions you learn in a few minutes straight out of the box. A small chapter covers plugging in accessories, external speakers, and using an iPod in a car. iPod Touch 1st-generation is described in this 6th edition; for the 2g model, you'll need the 7th edition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

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    I've purchased a 160 gb Ipod Classic, and I've checked out a bunch of books from the library to best learn how to use it. Of all of them that I've seen, this one is the best. I found it so useful that I purchased here at B & N so that I'd always have it handy. I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

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    Are you getting the most out of your iPod? If you¿re not, then this book is for you. Author J D Biersdorfer, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that has easy to follow graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance of the most useful things your iPod can do. Biersdorfer, begins by showing you what lies underneath all of the menus on your iPod or iPod Nanao and what each item does. Then, the author focuses on introducing you to iTunes most basic and useful tools. Next, she shows you how to make playlists of songs you¿ve added to iTunes. She also looks at how much you will spend in the iTunes store. The author then spotlights the video side of iTunes. Then, she shows you even more ways to use your iPod. The author continues by explaining the simple procedures for playing your iPod songs through the woofers and tweeters in your life. Then, she explains what to do if your iPod¿s acting weird. Finally, the author kicks it up a notch and gives you some ideas of what else you can do with iTunes and the iPod besides just watching and listening. In this most excellent book, you¿ll learn how to install iTunes. Perhaps more importantly, this book will show you everything from turning your iPod on, to charging your iPod without a computer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Buy this Book, it Rocks!

    The Apple manual for the iPod is 6 pages long, a good start, but hardly enough to really get your feet wet with your new cigarette-pack sized personal music assistant. J.D. Biersdorfer supplements this with a 331 page tome that tells you ¿everything you ever wanted to know about the iPod, but were afraid to ask¿. Biersdorfer covers all versions of the iPod back to generation one (1G) and bringing you up to date to generation three (3G), including those designed for the Windows operating system. The book is organized into five parts: Hardware, Software, Beyond the Music, Extreme iPodding, and Appendixes. Each of the parts explains in layman's terms the relevant areas of the iPod experience. The Hardware section covers the various incarnations of the iPod, as well as, various accessories like the remote control, case, and earbuds. Hardware also covers charging, and synchronizing the iPod with the computer (Macintosh or Windows) of your choice. Clear instructions and diagrams/photos make the hardware section easy to follow. The hardware section even includes instructions for installing a Firewire card if your computer is not equipped with Firewire. One section is sure to be controversial; instructions are given on how to copy music FROM the iPod TO the computer. Biersdorfer admits that this could be used to pirate music, but counters with some good reasons to transfer music WITHOUT piracy. The Software section includes a good discussion of digital music formats including MP3, AIFF, AAC, and WAV. A rather lengthy discussion of the features of iTunes for Macintosh is included to get the reader up to speed on the usefulness of this portion of the digital hub. The books publication predates the December 2003 release of iTunes for Windows, so the older MusicMatch for Windows is covered. Finally, a good overview of the iTunes Music Store is given, with a tour of the features and a really great takeoff on Billy Joel¿s ¿Piano Man¿ called ¿iTunes Man¿. Beyond the Music covers the other uses of the iPod including Address Book, Calendar, Games and eBooks, iSync, and the iPod as a hard drive. I found the Calendar section particularly helpful, as it covers using the major players: iCal, Entourage, and Now Up-to-Date. Extreme iPodding was tor me the most interesting section of the book, as it talks about iPod hacks and cool tricks as well as the myriad accessories available for the iPod. Currently I¿m looking to use my iPod in my car and the information on devices to connect to a car stereo helped me to decide which of the routes to take. The troubleshooting section brings together much of the information from the Apple Knowledge Base articles into one easy to find location. As I have had issues with both of my iPods, it was nice to be able to find the information in one spot, rather than clicking to the 4 or 5 different articles on Apple¿s website, and having to cross reference the troubleshooting procedures from printouts. The appendixes cover both the Macintosh and Windows software offerings, menu by menu, and explain some of the lesser known keyboard shortcuts for the commands in each program. Overall the book is a great compliment to the iPod experience. It is clearly written and has just enough humor sprinkled throughout to keep the reader smiling and interested. I opened the book thinking that 300+ pages on a device this small with five buttons was overkill... J.D. Biersdorfer and O¿Reilly proved me wrong. I learned to make my iPod more than ¿just¿ a music player, and I had fun while doing it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This book is really helpful. Best manual ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Help! Reply to Val

    I have a iPod Nano 7th Generation. I had iTunes installed onto my old computer, but it crashed, and we got a new one. Now my iTunes is gone. I installed it, and it said it was installed, but I can't find it ANYWHERE! I went to Geek Squad and Best Buy and they said to look in my computer and desktop for it, but never found it. If you can help me, PLEASE do! Reply to Val. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Ipods=fun

    I got one for my birthday. I recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Ipods equal awesomeness!!!!

    I realy want ipod touch for christmas and if i dont get one im buying one after christmas. Ive been wanting one for over 5 yrs and my brother has one but my mom doesnt really want me to get one. I want the fourth gen cause the fifth isnt much better and it sooo many more $$$. Plus moat of my friends that either have the fifth or know someone that does say that the screen is too big. BTW this book is really good. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    iPods are great

    To those of you who do not have an apple device you should realy look into it. I just recently purchased an ipod touch and i LOVE it. Many people say that apple products are over rated but they are not. I would even say they are under rated. Now that i own this ipod i have a: ipod nano (7th generation and 5th generation) ipod shuffle, ipod classic (240 gigabites) ipad (3rd generation,160 gigabites and first generation 32 gigabites) iphone 5s and the latest mac computer.

    As you can see i am big on all apple products. After tommorow i am also going to purchase the ipad mini and i am only 13 years old!! If you are wondering were i get all this money i babysit these rich people for 30 dollars an hour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Sword of coolness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Gymnast

    I am going to get an ipod touch forth generayion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Ipod

    I think that everyone should have a apple product. Sometimes they can be expensive. But for the most part its wotprth the money u spend. Im not saying you just have to go buy it thos instance. Im just saying. I think alot of people would love it. Just like me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    This is a good book

    This is super easy to understand and can really help new ipod owners just like me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    IPot,the Missing Manual is easy to read

    I am new to the IPod and this book walked me through the steps of beginners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good book from good series

    Bought the book in a store for reference for myself and as a learning tool for my wife. Book has simple examples. Very handy for newbies; ok for experienced Mac users

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I still like the paper user guide

    this is an easy way to quickly figure out how to use the iPod without having to hope your search gets you to the right topic. Easy to ready, great pictures to follow, if you need a quick reference when you need to figure out how to do something fast-- this is it. Worth every penny. Less than the cost of 15 apps and you know you have way more than that already!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    good book

    Nice to have for an easy reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Practical & easy to understand

    Great reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    For those who need written help

    I needed to have instructions available as I trying to do things on my ipod and not have to switch from Itunes and a help screen.

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