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With iPod and iTunes, Apple's gotten the world hooked on portable music, pictures, and videos. One thing they haven't delivered, though, is an easy guide for getting the most from this sleek entertainment center. Enter iPod: The Missing Manual - a book as stylish and satisfying as its subject. Each custom-designed page sports easy-to-follow graphics, crystal-clear explanations, and guidance on the most useful things your iPod can do.
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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: 9780596522124
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (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; About the Authors; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; How to Use This Book; Chapter 1: Meet the iPod: Out of the Box and into Your Ears in 15 Minutes; 1.1 Meet the iPod Nano; 1.2 Meet the iPod Touch; 1.3 Meet the iPod Classic; 1.4 Meet the iPod Shuffle; 1.5 Install iTunes; 1.6 Unpack iPod and Set It Up; 1.7 Three Ways to Get Music for iTunes (and iPod); 1.8 Get Stuff Onto the iPod Nano or Classic: The Quick Way; 1.9 Manually Load the iPod Nano or Classic; 1.10 Fill Up Any iPod Quickly; 1.11 Manually Load Your iPod Shuffle; 1.12 Get Stuff on the iPod Touch: The Quick Way; 1.13 Manually Load Your iPod Touch; 1.14 Disconnect Your iPod from Your Computer; 1.15 Charge Your iPod the First Time; 1.16 Control the iPod Nano or Classic with the Click Wheel; 1.17 Other iPod Ports and Switches; 1.18 Basic Finger Moves for the iPod Touch Screen; 1.19 Special Buttons on the iPod Touch; 1.20 Find the Music on Your iPod—and Play It; Chapter 2: Bopping Around the iPod Classic, Nano, and Shuffle; 2.1 Turn the iPod On and Off—or Put It On Hold; 2.2 Navigate the iPod's Menus; 2.3 What's in the Music Menu; 2.4 Cover Flow on the iPod; 2.5 What's in the Videos Menu; 2.6 What's in the Photos Menu; 2.7 What's in the Podcasts Menu; 2.8 What's in the Extras Menu; 2.9 What's in the Settings Menu; 2.10 Other Menus: Shuffle Songs and Now Playing; 2.11 Customize Your iPod's Menus; 2.12 Set the iPod's Clock(s); 2.13 Use the iPod as an Alarm Clock; 2.14 Search for Songs on the iPod; 2.15 Jump Around Within Songs and Videos; 2.16 Adjust the iPod's Volume; 2.17 Charge Your iPod Without Your Computer; 2.18 Play FM Radio on the iPod Nano; 2.19 Play Games on an iPod; 2.20 Some Idiot Set the iPod Menus to Greek; 2.21 Lock Up Your Pod; Chapter 3: Touring the Touch; 3.1 Turn the Touch On and Off; 3.2 The Home Button and Home Screen; 3.3 What's in the Music Menu; 3.4 What's in the Videos Menu; 3.5 What's in the Photos Menu; 3.6 What's in the Settings Menu; 3.7 Other Icons on the Touch Home Screen; 3.8 Set Up and Check Your Mail; 3.9 Fancier Fingerwork for the iPod Touch; 3.10 Cut and Paste By Touch; 3.11 Customize Your Touch Menus; 3.12 Cover Flow in Motion; 3.13 The Now Playing Screen: The Basics; 3.14 The Now Playing Screen: Song Maneuvers; 3.15 Install (and Uninstall) New Apps; 3.16 Manage Apps in iTunes; Chapter 4: iTunes Basics; 4.1 The iTunes Window: An Introduction; 4.2 Change the Look of the iTunes Window; 4.3 Change the Size of the iTunes Window; 4.4 Import Specific Songs From Your CDs; 4.5 Change Import Settings for Better Audio Quality; 4.6 Three Ways to Browse Your Collection; 4.7 Get a Birds-Eye Look at Your Collection with Grid View; 4.8 Search for Songs in iTunes; 4.9 Shuffle Your Music in Many Ways; 4.10 Animate Your Songs: iTunes Visualizer; Chapter 5: iTunes Power Moves; 5.1 You're the Critic: Rate Your Music; 5.2 Listen to Internet Radio; 5.3 Share Your iTunes Music and Videos; 5.4 Change a Song's File Format; 5.5 Set Up Multiple iTunes Libraries; 5.6 Improve Your Tunes with the Graphic Equalizer; 5.7 Change a Song's Start and Stop Times; 5.8 Edit Song Information; 5.9 Edit Album Information; 5.10 Fetch Missing Album Covers; 5.11 Replace Album Covers Manually; 5.12 Find and Add Lyrics to Your Song Files; 5.13 View Lyrics on the iPod; 5.14 What iTunes Can Tell You About Your iPod; 5.15 Adjust Your iPod's Syncing Preferences with iTunes; 5.16 Load Songs Onto an iPod from More than One Computer; 5.17 Manually Delete Music and Videos from Your iPod; 5.18 Where iTunes Stores Your Files; 5.19 Move the iTunes Music Folder to an External Drive; 5.20 Copy Your Music from iPod to iTunes; 5.21 Back Up Your iTunes Files to Disc; Chapter 6: The Power of Playlists; 6.1 Make a New Playlist in iTunes; 6.2 Change an Existing Playlist; 6.3 Add a Playlist to Your iPod; 6.4 Delete a Playlist; 6.5 Make an On-The-Go Playlist on an iPod Nano or Classic; 6.6 Make and Edit On-The-Go Playlists on the iPod Touch; 6.7 Make a Genius Playlist in iTunes; 6.8 Make a Genius Playlist on the iPod; 6.9 Genius Mixes in iTunes; 6.10 Genius Mixes on the iPod; 6.11 Publish Your Own Playlists (iMixes); 6.12 Smart Playlists: Another Way for iTunes to Assemble Your Playlists; 6.13 iTunes DJ: Get the Party Started; 6.14 Three Kinds of Discs You Can Create with iTunes; 6.15 Burn a Playlist to a CD; 6.16 Print Playlists and Snazzy CD Covers; Chapter 7: Shop the iTunes Store; 7.1 Getting to the iTunes Store; 7.2 Shop the iTunes Wi-Fi Store; 7.3 An Overview of the Store's Layout; 7.4 Navigate the Aisles of the iTunes Store; 7.5 Set Up an iTunes Store Account; 7.6 Change the Information in Your Apple Account; 7.7 Adjust Your Store Preferences; 7.8 Find Music by Genre; 7.9 Buy aaaaaa Song or Album; 7.10 Buy Movies or TV Shows; 7.11 Buy Audio Books; 7.12 Buy iPod Games; 7.13 Buy iPod Touch Apps; 7.14 Download and Subscribe to Podcasts; 7.15 Usage Rights: What You Can Do with Your Purchases; 7.16 iTunes LPs; 7.17 Other Cool iTunes Store Features; 7.18 iTunes Gift Certificates: Buy 'Em and Spend 'Em; 7.19 Other Ways to Send iTunes Gifts; 7.20 iTunes Allowance Accounts; 7.21 Make an iTunes Wish List; 7.22 What to Do If Your Download Gets Interrupted; 7.23 Set Up Parental Controls for the Store; 7.24 Play iTunes Purchases on Multiple Computers; 7.25 Deauthorize Your Computer; 7.26 Use Your iPod to Copy Purchases to Other Computers; 7.27 See Your iTunes Purchase History and Get iTunes Store Help; 7.28 Buy Songs from Other Music Stores; Chapter 8: It's Showtime: Video on the iPod; 8.1 Add Videos to iTunes; 8.2 Play Videos in iTunes; 8.3 Transfer Videos to Your iPod; 8.4 Video Formats That Work on the iPod; 8.5 Play Videos on the Nano or Classic; 8.6 Shoot Video on the iPod Nano; 8.7 Play Videos on the iPod Touch; 8.8 YouTube Videos on the iPod Touch; 8.9 Play iTunes and iPod Videos on Your TV; Chapter 9: Picturing Your Photos on the iPod; 9.1 Setting Up: Get Ready to Put Photos on Your iPod; 9.2 Get Pictures onto Your iPod; 9.3 Digital Photographer Alert: Storing Full-Quality Photos on Your iPod; 9.4 View Photos on the iPod Classic or Nano; 9.5 View Photos (in a Pinch) on Your iPod Touch; 9.6 Play Slideshows on Your iPod; 9.7 Play Slideshows on Your TV; Chapter 10: The iPod as Personal Assistant; 10.1 iPod as an Address Book; 10.2 The iPod as Calendar; 10.3 Track Time: iPod as a Stopwatch; 10.4 Count Steps: iPod Nano as Pedometer; 10.5 Voice Memos: iPod as Audio Recorder; 10.6 Tick-Tock: iPod as a World Clock; 10.7 iPod as a Portable Hard Drive; 10.8 Read Text Files on Your iPod; Chapter 11: Surfing the Web with iPod Touch; 11.1 Get Your Wi-Fi Connection; 11.2 Going on a Safari Tour; 11.3 Zoom and Scroll Through Web Pages; 11.4 The Safari Address Bar; 11.5 Use the Touch Keyboard; 11.6 Create and Use Safari Bookmarks; 11.7 Edit and Organize Bookmarks and Folders; 11.8 Syncing Bookmarks with iTunes; 11.9 The Safari History List; 11.10 Tapping Links; 11.11 Mapping Your Way with Wi-Fi; 11.12 Search the Web; 11.13 Audio and Video on the Web; 11.14 Social Networking on the iPod Touch; 11.15 Manipulate Multiple Pages; 11.16 Pop-up Blockers, Cookies, and Security; 11.17 RSS: The Missing Manual; 11.18 Find Other Mobile-Friendly Sites; 11.19 Use MobileMe to Keep Data in Sync; Chapter 12: iPod Out Loud; 12.1 Taking Your iPod on the Road; 12.2 Connect the iPod to a Home Entertainment System; 12.3 iPod Speaker Systems; 12.4 Stream iTunes Music with AirPort Express; 12.5 Find a Power Source for Your iPod; 12.6 Where to Find Cool iPod Stuff; Chapter 13: What to Do When the iPod Isn't Working Right; 13.1 Apple's Alphabet: The 5 "R"s of iPod Repair; 13.2 Reset Your iPod; 13.3 Download and Reinstall iTunes and iTunes Updates; 13.4 Use the Diagnostics Tools in iTunes for Windows; 13.5 Update the iPod's Software; 13.6 Start Over: Restoring Your iPod's Software; 13.7 Understanding the iPod's Battery Messages; 13.8 Apple's Tips for Longer iPod Battery Life; 13.9 Replace Your iPod's Battery; 13.10 AppleCare—What It Is and Whether You Need It;

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.

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.

David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His web site is www.davidpogue.com.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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